Golden Knights, Panthers Roar 'Over' the Total

Dana Lane

Friday, January 19, 2018 2:20 PM UTC

Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 2:20 PM UTC

Vegas has won seven straight against the East, and the Golden Knights try to extend that streak against the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center when the puck drops at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday.

Vegas Golden Knights at Florida PanthersFree NHL Pick: Over 6Best Line Offered: Bovada

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Sometimes you have one of those days, and Thursday was an amazing day for my followers. We started the day off with a perfect 3-0 mark on the "Ice Guys Show," including the Pittsburgh Penguins at a plus price. In fact, everybody on the show won their best bet to finish with a 4-0 best-bet record between myself, Ian Cameron, Alex B. Smith, and Andrew McInnis.

I followed that with a winner from our daily NHL write-ups when the St. Louis Blues and the Ottawa Senators slid 'under' the total of 5.5. I would say it was a fantastic day, let’s keep it going.

We’ll follow the best story in sports to Sunrise, Fla., where the Vegas Golden Knights take on the Florida Panthers on Friday night. As many of you know, I’m a Knights season-ticket holder so I’ve seen every shift from every game with this team. I’ve been privileged to watch their practices from Day 1. I normally try to stay away from the Golden Knights, but I felt compelled to jump on this game.

Vegas is playing the second of a back-to-back after throttling the Tampa Bay Lightning for the second time this season on Thursday night, 4-1. The Panthers will be playing their 1st game after their bye week, which hasn’t gone well for the returning team when they face a team that has already played a game or two off their break. No matter how intriguing that angle is, it’s the TOTAL that has me more inspired to wager on.

The Knights' future odds have dropped from an opening 200-1 to 6-1 at most of SBR's top-rated sportsbooks. The main reason is that most of Gerard Gallant’s players are having career seasons and most are playing for a contract even though GM George McPhee is slowly tying those loose ends. Point is, there are plenty of reasons to be motivated, which have led the Golden Knights to the league’s third-best offense (3.34 gpg). The Panthers won’t light it up by themselves, but in their last five games a total of 34 goals have been scored. Even if Bob Boughner’s team isn’t reliable enough to help our wager out, it certainly will be on the defensive side where the Panthers rank 27th (3.04 goals allowed per game).

On last thing: if you think Reilly Smith, Jonathan Marchessault and Gallant are satisfied with their early December victory over their former Panthers team, you are mistaken. That was at T-Mobile Arena, but this is a chance to stick it to owner Vincent Viola on his home turf. A convincing win will send a message to the Panthers that once again they made some bad choices.

Malcolm Subban will get the start in goal for Vegas, James Reimer is probable for Florida.

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