Florida Panthers vs Carolina Hurricanes Expert NHL Picks 11/23/2019
Game: Florida Panthers vs Carolina Hurricanes
Date: Saturday, November 23, 2019
Location: PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Panthers (+127) Hurricanes (-140)
Sergei Bobrovsky and the Florida Panthers (12-5-5, 2nd in the Atlantic Division) are headed to PNC Arena on Saturday where they'll take on the Carolina Hurricanes (13-8-1, 3rd in the Metropolitan Division). The Panthers open this contest at +127 while the Hurricanes are coming in at -140. The O/U is set at 6.5. The Panthers are covering 47.4% of the time, having gone 9-10 SU. Carolina covers 57.1% of the time, going 12-9 straight up.
The Florida Panthers head into this game holding a record of 12 victories and 5 losses, which is good for 2nd in the Atlantic Division. During the year thus far, they have racked up a total of 81 goals which ranks 2nd in the conference and 2nd in the NHL. Their goal differential is +4, which is good for 14th in the NHL. The Panthers have earned a total of 29 pts, which ranks 6th in the NHL and 4th in the Eastern Conference. When talking about shots toward the net, they have earned a total of 746 which ranks 4th in the conference and 8th in the NHL. As a team, Florida has a total of 305 hits which means they are averaging 13.9 per game. They have earned a total of 216 blocks for the season. The man in the crease for Florida is Sergei Bobrovsky from Ogdensburg, New York. He is 31 years old and has totaled 1,039 mins minding the goal for the season. Bobrovsky is allowing 3.47 GAA which has him ranking 22nd among East goaltenders and 46th in the NHL. During this year, he has given up 60 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .886 which has him ranking 24th among East goaltenders.
The Florida Panthers had a good night with a 5 - 4 victory against the Anaheim Ducks the last time they stepped on the ice. The Panthers had a good offensive outing and it showed in the win. In this matchup, they converted 5 out of the 28 shots they tried. Additionally, they had 1 power play opportunity but weren't able to net one. Florida had a total of 2 penalty minutes for this matchup. The Corsi for the Panthers was 48 and the Corsi against was 55 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 46.6%. Their Fenwick was 34 and the Fenwick against was 37, meaning they had a rate of 47.9%. They won 28 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 27 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 55.0% and they had a PDO at even strength of 107.5 for this matchup. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Anaheim Ducks racked up a total of 32 shots. They had 2 penalty minutes and they earned 1 power play chance.
The Hurricanes will be on the other side of the ice and for the year they have 13 wins and 8 losses. In terms of goal differential, they currently sit 5th in the conference and 7th in the NHL with +10. They have compiled a total of 76 goals for this season which has them ranked at 4th in the East. Carolina has a team save percentage of .897 which has them sitting 23rd in the NHL, meaning scoring chances could be plentiful if they attack the goal. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.3% ranking them 7th in the Eastern Conference. In net for Carolina is Petr Mrazek who is having an ok year by allowing 2.68 goals against average and that has him ranked 6th among Eastern Conference goalies and 15th in the NHL among goalies. In the 874 mins he has been on the ice this season, he's allowed 39 goals. He holds a save percentage of .902, which has him ranked 17th among Eastern Conference goalies and 33rd in the NHL among goalies.
The Carolina Hurricanes faced off against the Philadelphia Flyers in a matchup where the Hurricanes were on the wrong end of the score by a mark of 5 - 3. For this matchup, Carolina earned a 51.4% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 36 and their opponent having a Corsi of 34. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 54.2% with a Fenwick of 26 and the Flyers earning a 22 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Carolina had and you could say that they didn't play great, but weren't awful either. Their PDO at even strength was 88.7 and they had an oZS percentage of 61.8%. The Hurricanes converted 3 goals of the 36 shots on goal they took. They had 5 power play chances in this outing and scored 1 out of those opportunities. Regarding their opponent, the Flyers had 3 power play opportunities and came through by scoring 1 goal. Carolina gave way to 23 shots on goal and the Flyers ended up with a total of 10 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Carolina (-140)
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