Boston Bruins vs. Florida Panthers - 12/14/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Boston Bruins vs Florida Panthers
Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019
Location: BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Bruins (-115) Panthers (+104)
Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins (20-7-6, 1st in the Atlantic Division) go to BB&T Center on Saturday where they'll meet the Florida Panthers (15-11-5, 5th in the Atlantic Division). The Bruins open this contest at -115 while the Panthers are priced at +104. The over/under has been set at 6. The Bruins are covering 60.6% of the time, having gone 20-13 SU. The Panthers are covering 42.9% of the time, going 12-16 straight up.
The Boston Bruins come into the game with a record of 20 victories and 7 defeats, which puts them at 1st in the Atlantic Division. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 111 goals which is 2nd in the Eastern Conference and 3rd in the league. Their goal differential is +31, which puts them at 1st in the league. The Bruins have compiled a total of 46 points, which is 2nd in the league and 2nd in the East. In discussing shots at the opposing goalie, they have compiled a total of 1,036 which is 6th in the East and 10th in the league. As a unit, Boston currently has a total of 579 hits which has them averaging 17.5 per game. They have compiled a total of 318 blocks for the season. The man protecting the goal for Boston is Tuukka Rask from Caledonia, Ontario. He is 32 years old and has totaled 1,207 mins in goal for the season. Kinkaid is surrendering an average of 2.24 goals per game which has him ranking 5th in the Eastern Conference and 7th in the NHL among goaltenders. So far this season, he's given up 45 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .926 which has him ranking 6th in the Eastern Conference.
The Boston Bruins were on the losing side of the ice with a 3 - 2 defeat to the Tampa Bay Lightning in their last game. The Bruins offense left a lot to be desired in this defeat. In this game, they converted 2 of the 29 shots they attempted. Furthermore, they had 2 power play opportunities but didn't net one. Boston racked up a total of 13 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Bruins was 29 and the Corsi against was 43 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 40.3%. Their Fenwick was 21 and the Fenwick against sat at 33, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 38.9%. They won 26 face-off wins and were beaten on 25 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 40.8% and they had a PDO of 108.4 for this one. Regarding their opponent, the Tampa Bay Lightning put up 31 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 11 minutes in the box and they had 3 power play attempts.
The Panthers will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the season they sit with 15 victories and 11 losses. Regarding goal differential, they sit 10th in the Eastern Conference and 17th in the NHL with +3. They have earned a total of 104 goals for the season which puts them at 5th in the conference. Florida has a team save percentage of .895 which is good for 26th in the NHL, which means there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.9% putting them at 7th in the Eastern Conference. In net for Florida is Sergei Bobrovsky who is having a bad year by surrendering 3.14 goals against average and that places him 25th among East goalies and 52nd in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,393 mins he has played this season, he has surrendered 73 goals. His save % is .899, which ranks him 25th among East goalies and 48th in the NHL among goalies.
The Florida Panthers opposed the New York Islanders in a game where the Panthers went home in defeat by a tally of 3 - 1. In their game, Florida went home with a 50.0% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 36 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 36. Their Fenwick percentage was 47.3% by earning a Fenwick of 26 and the Islanders having earned a 29 Fenwick. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Florida had and we're sure they will look for better performances in the future. They had a PDO of 100.6 and their oZS percentage was 58.6%. The Panthers scored 1 goal of the 33 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 3 power play chances in this one but weren't able to score a goal. Concerning the opposition, the Islanders had 4 power play attempts and took advantage of the situation by scoring 2 goals. Florida allowed 30 shots on goal and the Islanders ended up with a total of 21 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Boston (-115)
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