Florida Panthers vs Calgary Flames Expert NHL Picks 10/24/2019
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Sergei Bobrovsky and the Florida Panthers (4-2-3, 4th in the Atlantic Division) are headed to Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday where they'll meet the Calgary Flames (5-5-1, 6th in the Pacific Division). The odds on this game have the Panthers coming in at +131 and the Flames are at -145. The O/U opens at 6.5. The Panthers cover 37.5% of the time, having gone 3-5 SU. The Flames cover 40.0% of the time, going 4-6 straight up.
The Florida Panthers head into this game holding a record of 4 victories and 2 defeats, putting them at 4th in the Atlantic Division. So far this year, they have converted a total of 29 goals which has them sitting at 6th in the East and 10th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -2, putting them at 18th in the NHL. The Panthers currently have a total of 11 pts, which has them sitting at 12th in the NHL and 7th in the conference. When discussing shots on goal, they currently have a total of 325 which has them sitting at 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 7th in the NHL. As a unit, Florida currently has a total of 142 hits which means they are averaging 15.8 per contest. They currently have a total of 90 blocks for the year. The man protecting the net for Florida is Sergei Bobrovsky from Ogdensburg, New York. He is 31 years old and has racked up 384 mins in net for the season. Bobrovsky is giving up 3.75 GAA which ranks him 23rd in the Eastern Conference and 41st in the NHL. During this season, he has surrendered 24 goals. His save percentage is .878 which ranks him 25th in the Eastern Conference.
The Florida Panthers were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 4 - 2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in their last game. The Panthers had a great offensive game plan going into this one and it showed in the victory. In this outing, they converted 4 out of the 22 shots they looked to score on. In addition, they had 1 power play chance but weren't able to score. Florida racked up a total of 2 penalty mins while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Panthers was 34 and the Corsi against at even strength was 34 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 50.0%. Their Fenwick was 27 and the Fenwick against sat at 25, telling us they have a rate of 51.9%. They earned 14 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 19 tries to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 52.4% and they had a PDO at even strength of 110.5 for this game. Regarding their opponent, the Pittsburgh Penguins earned 25 shots. They had 2 penalty minutes and they tallied 1 power play chance.
The Flames are the team looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they have 5 victories and 5 losses. When talking about goal differential, they sit 10th in the Western Conference and 21st in the NHL with -4. They have compiled a total of 28 goals for the year which ranks 6th in the conference. Calgary has a save percentage as a team of .905 which has them sitting 12th in the NHL, which means scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.0% putting them at 11th in the conference. In goal for Calgary is David Rittich who is having an average season by surrendering 2.85 goals per contest and that has him 15th among Western Conference goaltenders and 27th among goalies in the NHL. In the 464 minutes he's played this year, he's allowed 22 goals. He holds a save % of .912, which places him at 12th among Western Conference goaltenders and 22nd among goalies in the NHL.
The Calgary Flames squared up with the Washington Capitals in a matchup where the Flames went home in defeat by a score of 5 - 3. In this game, Calgary had a 53.3% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 40 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 35. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 54.1% with a Fenwick of 33 and the Capitals earning a 28 Fenwick. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Calgary played and you can say they had a mediocre outing. They had a PDO of 83.3 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 67.8%. The Flames notched 3 goals of the 35 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 4 power play chances in this one and converted 1 out of those attempts. On the other side of the ice, the Capitals had 3 power play opportunities but were not able to notch a goal. Calgary gave up 30 shots on goal and the Capitals earned a total of 8 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Calgary (-145)
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