The Florida Panthers put their four-game winning streak on the line in Philadelphia, while the Flyers look to make it four wins in a row on Tuesday night. It’s been a nice run for both of these squads, especially the Flyers who many threw away in the trash bin weeks ago. Along with three straight wins, the Flyers are winners in five of their previous six games. The Panthers are streaking as well, though, as they look to make it five wins in a row in Philadelphia.
Roberto Luongo is doing a fine job of keeping heat away from head coach Bob Boughner. Without Luongo in net, the Panthers were struggling to win games with James Reimer as their starting netminder. It’s pretty much that easy for the Panthers. If they have a healthy Luongo, they should be able to put a competitive team on the ice. However, a 1-2 of Reimer and Michael Hutchison is going to keep Boughner up at night.
Remember that the Panthers did a lot of good things under head coach Gerard Gallant. He was fired mid-season a couple of years ago, as he was photographed leaving the arena in Carolina in a cab. Gallant directed Vegas to the Stanley Cup Final and Boughner is still trying to get his team to the playoffs.
They came close last season, with a late push in the final month of the season, but ultimately came up short. If this were a hockey haven city, there would certainly be more pressure on the Panthers to perform after Gallant was unpopularly fired, only to go on to have success with his new club. A winning streak has to come to an end tonight. We’ll see if it’s the Panthers or Flyers tonight. Get our free Panthers vs. Flyers pick below.
Florida Panthers vs. Philadelphia Flyers Pick
Like the Panthers, their season is going to come down to goaltending. You can say that about a lot of teams, but the Panthers need a healthy and strong Luongo, while the Flyers need Brian Elliott to find the same production from his St. Louis Blues days. Elliott has a lot of work left to do to reach the 2.07 GAA he posted with the Blues in his final season with them. He is on pace to match his numbers from last season. Elliott yielded a 2.66 GAA and has a 2.67 GAA thus far this season, so how’s that for consistency.
His save percentage is identical at 0.909. If he can get it down in the 2.50 range, the Flyers would be thrilled with that. His latest showings have impressed. Elliott is coming off a shutout against the Blackhawks, as he stopped 33 shots in a 4-0 win. He appeared against the Coyotes in relief and didn’t allow a goal on 16 shots. So, that’s 49 shots in two games without allowing a goal. The last game he allowed more than 2 goals was back on October 22nd against the Avalanche. If it weren’t for the 8 goals he allowed against the Sharks earlier in the season, his 2.67 GAA would look much better and ahead of the NHL average.
Luongo on the other hand hasn’t allowed more than 2 goals in his four outings this season. He opened the year with a shutout against the Lightning before having to sit out for about a month of play. He picked up from where he left off with three solid starts. Overall, Luongo owns a 1.42 GAA and 0.952 save percentage in 2018-19.
The Panthers have allowed 1.5 goals per game in their previous for games. There hasn’t been more than 6 goals scored in a Panthers game since October 24th, just a day after the last time Elliott allowed more than 2 goals for the Flyers. Their last 13 trips to Philadelphia have gone 9-3-1 to the UNDER. With the way Luongo has been playing, it’s tough to fade him here. Conversely, though, Elliott has been quietly performing like St. Louis Brian Elliott. This matchup looks like an UNDER bet.