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Wednesday Night Hockey: Picks, predictions for Panthers-Penguins, Jets-Sharks

Love is in the air, as we have a Valentine's edition of Wednesday Night Hockey in the NHL! 

There are only two national games on the calendar. We start in Pittsburgh as Sidney Crosby and the Penguins host the surging Florida Panthers, and in Winnipeg the Jets faceoff against the San Jose Sharks.

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Let's dive in!

Florida Panthers @ Pittsburgh Penguins odds

FLA Panthers-135 ML
PIT Penguins+115 ML
Puck LineFLA -1.5 (+190)
Total GoalsO/U 6

Florida Panthers @ Pittsburgh Penguins Information

WherePPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
When7:30 PM, Wednesday, February 14
How to watchSportsnet+

Florida Panthers @ Pittsburgh Penguins Predictions

The Panthers are one of the hottest teams in the NHL at the moment. They are 6-1-0 in their last seven games. That is in large part thanks to Matthew Tkachuk, who looks to have finally gotten over his Stanley Cup hangover as he has been playing his best hockey of the season. Tkachuk leads the NHL in scoring in 2024 with 29 points in 16 games. Teammates Carter Verhaeghe and Sam Reinhart are right behind him with 21 and 20 points, respectively, in their last 16 games.

Florida is also getting great goaltending from Sergei Bobrovsky who is 8-1-1 in his last 10 starts, while sporting a 2.26 GAA and .920 save percentage over that span. 

Verhaeghe is a shooting machine. He has 10 shots on goal in his last three games. Look for the over in shots and him as an anytime goal scorer. He is on fire right now. 

Pittsburgh is the definition of mid right now. They aren't quite good enough to make the playoffs (they're 6 points back of the Red Wings for the second wildcard spot) and they're not bad enough to bottom out. It's a tough place to be in, especially when you have one of the greatest players of all time on your roster still playing at an elite level. 

The Penguins are having a hard time scoring goals. They haven't scored more than three goals in any of their past 10 games. Sidney Crosby is their only point-per-game player in their last 15 games. 

This is not a good matchup for the Penguins. I like the Panthers to win and win big.

Robert Munnich's Picks

Puck Line: Florida Panthers -1.5 (+190)
Shots: Carter Verhaeghe 3+ Shots Milestone (-230)
Anytime Goal Scorer: Carter Verhaeghe (+160)

San Jose Sharks @ Winnipeg Jets odds

SJ Sharks+350 ML
WIN Jets+115 ML
Puck LineWIN -1.5 (-160)
Total GoalsO/U 5.5

San Jose Sharks @ Winnipeg Jets information

WhereCanada Life Centre, Winnipeg, MB
When7:30 PM, Wednesday, February 14
How to watchSportsnet

San Jose Sharks @ Winnipeg Jets Predictions

We have what looks like a mismatch on paper as the basement dwelling Sharks take on the Winnipeg Jets who sit three points out of first place in the Central Division.

But the Jets haven't played great hockey as of late. They are 1-4-1 in their last six games and have only scored six goals in those games. Nik Ehlers and Josh Morrissey lead the team in scoring over the last ten games with four points each. It's been ugly. But It's just one of those stretches of games where a team is slumping.

Luckily, they're still getting great goaltending from Connor Hellebuyck and Laurent Brossoit. Hellebuyck in particular has been incredible. In his last eight starts he is 4-4-0 with a .940 save percentage and 1.87 goals against average. He has four losses with those numbers. A .500 record amidst such strong goaltending performances demonstrates the Jets’ current offensive struggles. 

The Sharks are surprisingly playing some decent hockey on the back of Mackenzie Blackwood. They are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games with wins against the Rangers, Kings, and Kraken. 

Blackwood has a .934 save percentage and a 2.13 goals against average. Not bad for a goalie playing in front of a leaky defensive team. 

I don't like any player prop bets for tonight’s game because of the lack of scoring in recent games by both teams.

Robert Munnich's Picks

Money Line: San Jose +350
Over/Under: Under 5.5 -110

Odds mentioned in this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

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