Detroit Red Wings vs. Florida Panthers - 12/28/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Detroit Red Wings vs Florida Panthers
Date: Saturday, December 28, 2019
Location: BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Red Wings (+256) Panthers (-290)
BB&T Center is the site where Sergei Bobrovsky and the Florida Panthers (18-13-5, 4th in the Atlantic Division) will take on the Detroit Red Wings (9-26-3, 8th in the Atlantic Division) on Saturday. The Panthers open this matchup at -290 while the Red Wings are coming in at +256. The over/under opens at 6.5. The Red Wings are covering 23.7% of the time, having gone 9-29 SU. The Panthers are covering 45.5% of the time, going 15-18 straight up.
The Detroit Red Wings head into this game holding a record of 9 wins and 26 losses, which puts them at 8th in the Atlantic Division. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 82 goals which ranks them 16th in the conference and 31st in the league. Their goal differential is -67, which puts them at 31st in the league. The Red Wings have compiled a total of 21 pts, which ranks them 31st in the league and 16th in the Eastern Conference. With reference to shots toward the net, they have compiled a total of 1,079 which ranks them 14th in the East and 29th in the league. As a team, Detroit has collected a total of 763 hits which means they have an average of 20.1 per game. They have compiled a total of 409 blocks for the year. The goaltender for Detroit is Jonathan Bernier from Pori, Finland. He is 31 years old and has played a total of 1,241 mins minding the net for the season. Bernier is giving up 3.24 goals against average which ranks him 27th among East goalies and 56th in the NHL. During this season, he has surrendered 67 goals. His save percentage is .897 which ranks him 26th among East goalies.
The Detroit Red Wings will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 5 - 2 defeat against the Arizona Coyotes in their last contest. The Red Wings didn't have a great showing offensively in the defeat. In this game, they finished 2 of the 30 shots they attempted. In addition, they had 3 power play chances but weren't able to score. Detroit earned 0 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Red Wings was 36 and the Corsi against was 57 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 38.7%. Their Fenwick sat at 31 and the Fenwick against sat at 53, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 36.9%. They won 24 face-off wins and lost 31 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 51.6% and they had a PDO at even strength of 96.1 in this one. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Arizona Coyotes tallied a total of 45 shots. They had 6 minutes in the box and they notched 1 power play chance.
The Panthers are the team looking to add points to their total and for the current year they sit with 18 victories and 13 defeats. When looking at goal differential, they rank 9th in the conference and 14th in the league with +6. They have a total of 124 goals for this year which has them at 4th in the conference. Florida has a save percentage as a team of .896 which currently has them sitting 25th in the league, which means there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.4% putting them at 6th in the conference. In goal for Florida is Sergei Bobrovsky who is having a tough season by surrendering 3.20 GAA and that ranks him 25th among East goaltenders and 52nd among goalies in the NHL. In the 1,631 mins he's played, he's surrendered 87 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .899, which has him sitting 25th among East goaltenders and 48th among goalies in the NHL.
The Florida Panthers went up against the Tampa Bay Lightning in a game where the Panthers ended up losing by a final of 6 - 1. In this game, Florida earned a 38.3% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 31 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 50. They had a Fenwick percentage of 40.3% with a Fenwick of 25 and the Lightning earning a 37 Fenwick. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Florida had and we're sure they will look for better performances in the future. Their PDO was 88.9 and their percentage of oZS was 31.0%. The Panthers converted 1 goal out of the 30 shots on goal they pursued. They had 4 power play attempts in this one and scored 1 out of those attempts. As for their opponent, the Lightning had 4 power play chances and went on to score 3 goals. Florida gave way to 34 shots on goal and the Lightning earned 8 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Detroit (+256)
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