Pittsburgh Penguins vs Florida Panthers NHL Game Picks 10/22/2019
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Matt Murray and the Pittsburgh Penguins (6-3-0, 3rd in the Metropolitan Division) are headed to BB&T Center on Tuesday where they'll meet the Florida Panthers (3-2-3, 6th in the Atlantic Division). The line on this contest has the Penguins coming in at -125 and the Panthers are at +113. The O/U is set at 6.5. The Penguins cover 66.7% of the time, having gone 6-3 SU. Florida is covering 28.6% of the time, going 2-5 straight up.
The Pittsburgh Penguins come into the game with a record of 6 victories and 3 defeats, which is good for 3rd in the Metropolitan Division. During the season thus far, they have earned a total of 32 goals which puts them at 5th in the conference and 6th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +9, which is good for 5th in the NHL. The Penguins have compiled a total of 12 points, which puts them at 6th in the NHL and 4th in the conference. In terms of shots at the opposing goalie, they have compiled a total of 292 which puts them at 6th in the East and 10th in the NHL. As a unit, Pittsburgh has collected a total of 237 hits which has them averaging 26.3 per game. They have compiled a total of 86 blocks for the season. Protecting the net for Pittsburgh is Matt Murray from Surrey, British Columbia. He is 25 years old and has totaled 422 minutes protecting the goal for the year. Murray is conceding an average of 2.56 goals per contest which puts him at 6th among East goaltenders and 14th among goaltenders in the NHL. During this season, he's given up 18 goals. He has a save percentage of .914 which puts him at 9th among East goaltenders.
The Pittsburgh Penguins were on the losing side of the ice with a 3 - 0 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights the last time they stepped on the ice. The Penguins had a rough night on the offensive side of the ice in this loss. In this game, they converted 0 out of the 29 shots they attempted. Furthermore, they had 4 power play attempts but weren't able to net one. Pittsburgh racked up a total of 6 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Penguins sat at 35 and the Corsi against was 22 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 61.4%. Their Fenwick was 25 and the Fenwick against sat at 18, which means they earned a rate of 58.1%. They earned 22 face-off wins and lost 23 of all total face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 53.0% and they had a PDO at even strength of 93.3 for this matchup. When it comes to their opponent, the Vegas Golden Knights racked up 24 shots. They had a total of 8 penalty mins and they notched 3 power play attempts.
The Panthers will be the team across the ice and for the season they have 3 wins and 2 defeats. With reference to goal differential, they are currently sitting 11th in the East and 20th in the NHL with -4. They have earned a total of 25 goals for the year which has them sitting at 8th in the conference. Florida has a team save % of .884 which currently has them ranked 27th in the NHL, which means scoring chances could be plentiful if they attack the goal. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.3% which is good for 11th in the Eastern Conference. In net for Florida is Sergei Bobrovsky who is having a bad season by allowing 4.07 GAA and that ranks him 25th in the Eastern Conference and 43rd in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 324 minutes he's been on the ice this year, he has given up 22 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .872, which has him placed 27th in the Eastern Conference and 46th in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Florida Panthers faced the Nashville Predators in a matchup where the Panthers notched a victory by a score of 3 - 2. For this game, Florida went home with a 41.0% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 34 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 49. Their Fenwick percentage was 46.0% by way of having a Fenwick of 29 and the Predators earning a 34 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Florida had and you could say that they didn't play great, but weren't awful either. Their PDO at even strength was 99.7 and they had an oZS percentage of 58.2%. The Panthers notched 3 goals out of the 30 shots on goal they tried. They had 2 power play chances in this one and were able to net 1 out of those opportunities. As for their opponent, the Predators had 4 power play opportunities and went on to score 1 goal on that opportunity. Florida allowed 27 shots on goal and the Predators had a total of 4 penalty minutes.
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Josh's Pick: Take Florida (+113)
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