Panthers to Get Back on Track with Low-Scoring Win vs. Oilers

Dana Lane

Monday, February 12, 2018 5:29 PM UTC

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 5:29 PM UTC

Florida's defense and goaltending sparked a recent surge, and tonight they visit an Edmonton team on a three-game losing skid. Is a low-scoring affair a good play with your NHL picks?

Monday NHL: Panthers vs. OilersFree NHL Pick: Under 6 (-115)Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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Our latest winner was handed to us by the Colorado Avalanche, thanks to Colin Wilson’s two-point effort in Sunday's 5-4 win over Buffalo. The Sabres showed no quit despite Jack Eichel being out of the lineup.

As we all know in this industry, you’re only as good as your latest selection. Let's try to extend our winning streak by heading north of the border to Edmonton, where the Oilers host the Florida Panthers tonight. The Oilers are favorites on the NHL odds board.

The 1983-84 Oilers were recently named the greatest team of all-time -- a team the 2017-18 Oilers will never be mistaken for. The 1983-84 team finished with a 57-18-5 record, highlighted by three 50-goal scorers and eight players with at least 20.

This year’s Edmonton team might have three players over the 20-goal mark, a reflection as to why they’re just 22nd in goals per game (2.78). The Oilers are closer to the bottom of my power rankings than the top spot they were projected to occupy. They’ve already surpassed last season’s loss total (27-26).

“We’re going to play hockey,” said Edmonton winger Zack Kassian, who had his first two-goal game in nearly three years on Saturday. “We’re not going to give up, but at the same time, you claw back. We’re just not happy clawing back.”

With just less than 30 games left in the regular season, both the Panthers and Oilers think they can make a playoff run. That's more likely for Florida than Edmonton. The Panthers sit nine points behind Carolina for the last wild-card spot in the East, while the Oilers are 16 points out of a wild-card spot in the West. A postseason invite for Florida isn’t dead but they need to have a successful Western Canada road swing to continue the positive path Bob Boughner’s team has found of late.

The Panthers owned a four-game winning streak before getting tripped up by the Los Angeles 3-1 on Friday. Despite that loss, Florida has gotten solid goaltending and defense lately. In their last five games the Panthers have allowed just nine goals (1.80 PG). If you think the Panthers are the right side, you must take the "under" with your NHL picks because no matter how bad the Oilers have been, the fact is, when they start feeling some of last year’s magic, they’re as dangerous as anyone in the league. However, a 2-4-1 mark in their past seven games, including three straight losses, doesn't exactly indicate Todd McLellan’s team will find its game or desire anytime soon.

“We have a lot to work on as a team. Special teams, defensive, offensive. We have to work on our whole game,” McLellan said.

The "under" is 13-4-1 in the Oilers' past 18 Monday games, and tonight's game should also be low scoring. The Panthers will be victorious and we will crush yet another winner.

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