Florida has been playing much better defensively than Atlanta, and with a glimmer of postseason hope remaining the Panthers get the nod on Thursday at the Thrashers.

This looks like a solid situation here and, indeed, it’s an opinion that might be worth “investing” in. The Panthers' money line price could rise today and end up being somewhat "steep" but even if it does, there will still be value here with Florida on the money line.

Currently the price is sitting right around -150 and as long as the Panthers remain alive in the playoff race, there will be no lack of effort. They've still got a shot at the postseason and they've also got revenge on their minds here. They lost to Atlanta last week and it's payback time this week!

The Panthers have been much better defensively and in goal this season than the Thrashers. Also, Atlanta is currently mired in a power play slump and Ilya Kovalchuk has struggled to find the net recently.

It wasn't that long ago that it appeared that the Thrashers were going to close the season on a decent run. However, Atlanta has since fallen on hard times again and they won't be able to match the intensity of the playoff-hungry Panthers here. Consider a small play on Florida on the money line for Thursday night.

Free Pick: Panthers -150