Suppose they held a hockey game and nobody showed up to watch? Well, then you might get an idea of what it’s like to play for the Florida Panthers. The team with the poorest average attendance in the NHL, how can the Panthers grab on to any notion of a home-ice advantage when there’s no one at home to cheer them on to victory?
It’s a bit of a shame, really, because the Panthers are a team that is loaded with some impressive young talent, including forwards Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau, Vincent Trocheck, Mike Hoffman and Evgenii Dadonov and defenseman Aaron Ekblad. Both Huberdeau (2012-13) and Ekblad (2014-15) won the Calder Memorial Trophy winner as the NHL’s top rookie.
Yet success continues to elude this team. The Panthers have qualified for postseason play just once in the past seven seasons and only twice in the past 18 campaigns. The Panthers reached the Stanley Cup final in 1995-96, their third season of operation after joining the NHL as an expansion franchise in 1993-94. Swept in the final by the Colorado Avalanche, the Panthers haven’t won a playoff series since.
There are some qualities to like about this Florida team from a betting standpoint. When enjoying the man advantage, the Panthers send over the boards one of the NHL’s deadliest power-play units. The Panthers are a team that can score the puck. In 2018-19, Florida has tied its franchise record with five players who reached the 20-goal mark, matching their total from the 2015-16 season.
On the other hand, the Panthers struggle mightily to keep the disc out of their own goal, running near the bottom of the NHL in goals-against per game. When wagering on the Panthers, you’ll want to make the over play over and over again.
Looking to bet on the Panthers? Then look at BetAmerica. Beyond the standard moneyline, puck line and over/under wagering, you’ll also find such in-game options as betting on the score both including and not including overtime. You can bet on period scores, whether there will be a shutout and the winning margin. Follow Panthers games on the BetAmerica website and you’ll get up to date live stats, including analytics.