Free NHL Picks For Tonight (Dec 28): Panthers vs Flyers Prediction
The NHL is packed with seven games on Thursday night. After a small break for the holidays, the NHL is back in full swing. Each game brings every team closer to the halfway point of the season. My best NHL picks for December 28. Odds can be found at Sportsbetting.ag. If you have thought about buying sports betting picks you should read our Pay For Picks article and take advantage of our free NHL consensus betting picks for tonight instead of paying for them.
Florida Panthers vs Philadelphia Flyers Prediction
Philadelphia and Florida meet in an Eastern Conference showdown on Thursday night. Philadelphia is in the last place in the Metropolitan Division. The Flyers are 15-13-8. Florida has fewer points than the Flyers, but find themselves in fifth place in the Atlantic Division. The Panthers have gone 15-16-5.
Florida and Philadelphia met once earlier this season. The game was held in Philadelphia and the Flyers did not disappoint their home fans. After a scoreless first period, Philadelphia scored four goals in the second period. Claude Giroux and Shayne Gostisbehere each scored a goal and added an assist in the second period. Florida scored one goal in the third, but the Flyers finished them off with an empty net goal. Michael Neuvirth was the star in net. He turned away forty of the forty-one shots taken on him.
Philadelphia’s point leader this season has been Jakub Voracek. Voracek has scored eight goals and added thirty-six helpers. Right behind him is Claude Giroux with forty-two points. Giroux has twenty-nine assists to go with his thirteen goals. Sean Couturier leads the Flyers in goals with sixteen. Couturier has thirty-two points in total.
Vincent Trocheck and Jonathan Huberdeau are tied for the lead in points for Florida. Each player has thirty-five points. Trocheck has scored fourteen goals, while Huberdeau has come close with twelve. Aleksander Barkov is third in the team in points with thirty-two. The Flyers have the better top guys, but Florida is better rounded out. If the Flyers top line can get going early, the Panthers will have serious difficulty getting the win. Brian Elliott is likely to get the start in net for the Flyers. Elliott has played solid in net so far this season. Elliott is in his first season with the Flyers and he has posted a 13-8-7 record. He has a save percentage of .916 and a 2.59 GAA.
Philadelphia Flyers (+104) at Florida Panthers (-115)
James Reimer is expected to play for the Panthers. Reimer has taken over starting duties ever since Roberto Luongo went down with an injury early in December. He has played in 21 games, posting a 9-9-4 record. In those games, Reimer has a save percentage of .908 and a GAA of 3.15. Elliott is the better goaltender in this game, but if Reimer can piece together a good performance, it could be enough to get the Panthers the win.