Preview: Florida at Philadelphia

When: 7:00 PM  ET, Thursday, December 18, 2014
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Matchup Edge
FLA Edge in: PHI
Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs

After emerging victorious in an NHL-record 20-round shootout, the Florida Panthers would love nothing more than to keep their hot streak going when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. "The great thing is, I don't know how many times guys bailed me out where they had to score to keep it alive, and they did every time," said Roberto Luongo, who yielded five goals during the shootout as the Panthers posted a 2-1 victory over Washington on Tuesday. Luongo made 36 saves in Florida's 2-1 triumph over Philadelphia on Nov. 1, but the Flyers responded with a 4-1 win over the Panthers five days later.

While Florida flies into the City of Brotherly Love with points in six of its last seven games (4-1-2), Philadelphia saw its five-game point run (3-0-2) come to an end with a 3-1 setback to Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Wayne Simmonds continued his hot streak by scoring a goal in his third straight game and has six in as many contests. Captain Claude Giroux set up Simmonds' tally versus the Lightning to increase both his assist and point streaks to four and six games, respectively.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, FSN Florida, CSN Philadelphia

ABOUT THE PANTHERS (13-8-8): After hitting the post in overtime, Nick Bjugstad did the same in the second round of the shootout before avenging his near-misses by beating Braden Holtby in the 20th. "The pressure wasn't really on me, which was nice, because I didn't have to score," Bjugstad told the Miami Herald. "I don't know. I kind of relaxed, took a deep breath and tried going in there with confidence, and it worked out." Bjugstad scored his team's lone goal against Philadelphia on Nov. 6.

ABOUT THE FLYERS (11-14-5): Vincent Lecavalier has been a high-priced healthy scratch for the past seven games but could return to the lineup as soon as Thursday. "I think that I have to give him opportunities with skill players, whether it's power play or whatever," coach Craig Berube said of the four-time All-Star and former Stanley Cup champion. "I like the lines where they are, so I don't know what I'll do. I'll have to think about it." Lecavalier hasn't played since Nov. 29, when he logged just 5:56 of ice time in a 5-2 setback to the New York Rangers.


1. Luongo resides one victory shy of matching Mike Vernon (385) for 12th place on the all-time list.

2. Philadelphia has scored a power-play goal in eight consecutive games (8-for-23) and 14 of its last 17 (17-for-60).

3. The Panthers assigned D Shane O'Brien to San Antonio of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. He was a healthy scratch for all three games after being recalled last Thursday.

PREDICTION: Flyers 3, Panthers 2

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Florida 13-8-4-4 W1 7-4-0-2 6-4-4-2 1-1-0-0 12-7-4-4 5-1-3-0
Philadelphia 11-14-1-4 L1 8-5-0-2 3-9-1-2 2-2-0-0 9-12-1-4 4-5-1-1

Last Meeting

Florida Philadelphia
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
11/6/14 FLA 1 PHI 4 35 26 1-4 30 34 0-2

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
FLA N. Bjugstad 1
PHI S. Couturier 2
Goals Player  
FLA N. Bjugstad 1
PHI P. Bellemare 1
Assists Player  
FLA J. Hayes 1
PHI B. Schenn 2
Saves Player  
FLA R. Luongo 26
PHI S. Mason 34
Total Points Player  
FLA N. Bjugstad 19
PHI J. Voracek 37
Goals Player  
FLA N. Bjugstad 12
PHI W. Simmonds 14
Assists Player  
FLA A. Ekblad 13
PHI C. Giroux 27
Saves Player  
FLA R. Luongo 628
PHI S. Mason 583

Quickchart Matchup

Florida Off vs  Philadelphia Def
2.17 GF
2.87 GA
30.8 Shots
31.2 Shots
12 PP
26 PK
Philadelphia Off vs  Florida Def
2.67 GF
2.45 GA
29.4 Shots
30.4 Shots
25 PP
20 PK

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -147 133
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports -145 125
Sportsbook -145 125
5.5 -140 120
Top Bet -145 125
5.5 -140 127
BetDSI -140 120
5.5 OFF OFF OFF -145 116
Belmont -145 125
5.5 -140 120
Vegas Odds
Westgate -138
Mirage -140 120
Station -140 120
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Florida Overall Philadelphia
13-8-4-4 W/L 11-14-1-4
16-13 ATS 18-12
10-14 O/U 15-14
2.17 Goals For 2.67
2.45 Goals Agnst 2.87
Florida A/H Philadelphia
6-4-4-2 W/L 8-5-0-2
11-5 ATS 9-6
6-8 O/U 8-6
2.19 Goals For 3.20
2.56 Goals Agnst 2.53