Florida Panthers vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 12/21/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Florida Panthers vs Carolina Hurricanes
Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019
Location: PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Panthers (+118) Hurricanes (-130)
Petr Mrazek and the Carolina Hurricanes (22-11-2, 3rd in the Metropolitan Division) host the Florida Panthers (16-12-5, 6th in the Atlantic Division) at PNC Arena on Saturday, December 21, 2019. The odds on this matchup have the Panthers priced at +118 and the Hurricanes are at -130. The over/under is set at 6. The Panthers cover 43.3% of the time, having gone 13-17 SU. The Hurricanes cover 60.6% of the time, going 20-13 straight up.
The Florida Panthers step onto the ice holding a record of 16 victories and 12 losses, ranking them 6th in the Atlantic Division. During the year thus far, they have scored a total of 112 goals which has them ranked at 6th in the conference and 11th in the league. Their goal differential is +6, ranking them 13th in the league. The Panthers currently have a total of 37 pts, which has them ranked at 22nd in the league and 11th in the Eastern Conference. In terms of shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 1,113 which has them ranked at 8th in the conference and 14th in the league. As a team, Florida has a total of 553 hits which means they have an average of 16.8 per contest. They currently have a total of 397 blocks for this season. The goaltender for Florida is Sergei Bobrovsky from Ogdensburg, New York. He is 31 years old and has racked up 1,511 minutes minding the goal for the year. Bobrovsky is allowing 3.06 goals per contest which has him sitting 23rd in the Eastern Conference and 47th in the NHL among goalies. For the year, he has allowed 77 goals. His save percentage is .903 which has him sitting 23rd in the Eastern Conference.
The Florida Panthers were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 6 - 1 win against the Ottawa Senators in their previous game. The Panthers had a good offensive performance in this victory. For this game, they converted 6 out of the 31 shots they attempted. Moreover, they had 5 power play opportunities and were able to notch 1 goal out of those tries. Florida earned a total of 8 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Panthers was 37 and the Corsi against was 45 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 45.1%. Their Fenwick sat at 29 while the Fenwick against was 33, meaning they had a rate of 46.8%. They earned 21 face-off wins and were beaten on 24 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 63.0% and they had a PDO at even strength of 118.9 for this one. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Ottawa Senators put up 30 shots. They ended the game with 16 minutes in the box and they notched 1 power play opportunity.
The Hurricanes will be looking to add points to their total and for the current year they have 22 wins and 11 losses. When it comes to goal differential, they are currently ranked 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 4th in the NHL with +24. They currently have a total of 114 goals for the season which ranks them 5th in the East. Carolina has a team save percentage of .911 which has them 9th in the NHL, meaning chances to score may be limited. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.7% which puts them at 11th in the conference. In net for Carolina is Petr Mrazek who is having an average year by surrendering 2.54 goals against average and that ranks him 11th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 18th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 1,297 mins he has been on the ice, he has allowed 55 goals. He holds a save percentage of .906, which has him ranking 20th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 40th in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Carolina Hurricanes went up against the Colorado Avalanche in a matchup where the Hurricanes got the victory by a final of 3 - 1. For this outing, Carolina earned a 57.5% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 50 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 37. Their Fenwick rate was 63.9% by earning a Fenwick of 39 and the Avalanche finishing with a 22 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Carolina had and we'd say they played an average game. They had a PDO at even strength of 109.7 and they had an oZS percentage of 58.8%. The Hurricanes converted 3 goals of the 40 shots on goal they took. They had 3 power play chances in this one but didn't score a goal. In discussing the opposition, the Avalanche had 6 power play chances and came through by scoring 1 goal. Carolina allowed 28 shots on goal and the Avalanche ended up with a total of 6 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Florida (+118)
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