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GameDay 26: Lines, betting odds for Panthers at Coyotes



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Florida Panthers defenseman MacKenzie Weegar closes in on Arizona Coyotes forward Christian Fischer during their game at FLA Live Arena on Oct. 26. // Roger Lee Photographer (561) 866-2000

The Florida Panthers have not been very happy with their game starts of late, but if they can start off tonight against the Arizona Coyotes as they did Tuesday in St. Louis, they will definitely be cool with that.

They just want to finish things differently is all.

Tuesday night, the Panthers absolutely dominated the Blues in the opening period of their game — outshooting St. Louis 20-5 and had 30 shot attempts.

The Blues, who rarely had the puck in the second half of the period, mustered only six shot attempts through the first 20.

Florida, per, had 20 scoring chances in the first; the Blues had just one.

Yet the Panthers were only leading 1-0.

When the Blues got their act together in the second period, the flow of the game changed — and the Panthers ended up losing a very winnable game 4-3 in overtime.

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Florida is now 3-3-4 away from the friendly confines of Sunrise, a record which needs to start trending in a different direction — especially since the Panthers started 3-0 on the road this season..

“We have been at home a lot this year so it is important for us to establish a road game,” Sam Reinhart said. “We have been average on the road. This is a good opportunity for us to get back on track.”

Yes, the NHL odds have the Panthers as a heavy favorite to snap their seven-game road losing streak against the slumping Coyotes.

Not only is the team dealing with more off-ice stuff surrounding their future in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale, but the team has lost its past three in lopsided fashion and five of six overall.

The Panthers picked a good game to try and get their road game going again.

Coach Andrew Brunette said that Olli Juolevi will make his Florida debut on Friday night with Sergei Bobrovsky in net.

Sasha Barkov, who left Tuesday’s game in the third period, is expected to return as is Anthony Duclair. He has missed the past six games.

UPDATE: Brunette said in his pregame media availability that both Barkov and Duclair would not play.




11 Jonathan Huberdeau // 9 Sam Bennett // 13 Sam Reinhart

23 Carter Verhaeghe // 15 Anton Lundell // 98 Maxim Mamin

77 Frank Vatrano // 19 Joe Thornton // 74 Owen Tippett

94 Ryan Lomberg // 27 Eetu Luostarinen // 70 Patric Hornqvist

52 MacKenzie Weegar // 5 Aaron Ekblad

4 Olli Juolevi // 62 Brandon Montour

42 Gus Forsling // 7 Radko Gudas

72 Sergei Bobrovsky

30 Spencer Knight

Scratched: Lucas Carlsson

Injured: Noel Acciari (LTIR), Markus Nutivaara (LTIR), Mason Marchment (IR), Anthony Duclair, Sasha Barkov


9 Clayton Keller // 72 Travis Boyd // 81 Phil Kessel

67 Lawson Crouse // 29 Barrett Hayton // 8 Nick Schmaltz

26 Antoine Roussel // 83 Jay Beagle // 21 Loui Eriksson

16 Andrew Ladd // 10 Ryan Dzingel // 36 Christian Fischer

6 Jakob Chychrun // 46 Ilya Lyubushkin

14 Shayne Gostisbehere // 61 Dysin Mayo

75 Kyle Capobianco // 86 Anton Stralman

31 Scott Wedgewood

70 Karel Vejmelka

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