Canucks vs Panthers Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/9/2020
Game: Vancouver Canucks vs Florida Panthers
Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020
Location: BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Canucks (+127) Panthers (-140)
Sergei Bobrovsky and the Florida Panthers (22-16-5, 4th in the Atlantic Division) host the Vancouver Canucks (23-16-4, 5th in the Pacific Division) at BB&T Center on Thursday, January 9, 2020. The Canucks open this game at +127 while the Panthers are priced at -140. The O/U has been set at 6.5. The Canucks cover 50.0% of the time, having gone 20-20 SU. The Panthers cover 47.5% of the time, going 19-21 straight up.
The Vancouver Canucks step onto the ice with a record of 23 wins and 16 defeats, which is good for 5th in the Pacific Division. Thus far in the season, they have earned a total of 140 goals which has them ranked at 4th in the conference and 11th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +7, which is good for 14th in the NHL. The Canucks have a total of 50 points, which has them ranked at 18th in the NHL and 9th in the Western Conference. When talking about shots at the opposition, they have a total of 1,346 which has them ranked at 8th in the conference and 18th in the NHL. As a team, Vancouver has a total of 794 hits which means they are averaging 18.5 per game. They have a total of 555 blocks for the year. The man looking after the net for Vancouver is Jacob Markstrom from Gavle, Sweden. He is 30 years old and has totaled 1,774 mins protecting the goal for the season. Markstrom is giving up an average of 2.81 goals per contest which has him sitting 12th among Western Conference goaltenders and 25th in the NHL among goalies. During this season, he has allowed 83 goals. He's earned a save % of .914 which has him sitting 12th among Western Conference goaltenders.
The Vancouver Canucks will need a bounce back game after taking a 9 - 2 defeat to the Tampa Bay Lightning in their previous contest. The Canucks could have played much better offensively in the defeat. In their game, they converted 2 of the 23 shots they attempted. They also had 4 power play chances but weren't able to score. Vancouver ended up with 10 penalty mins in this matchup. The Corsi for the Canucks was 26 and the Corsi against was 45 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 36.6%. Their Fenwick sat at 21 and the Fenwick against at even strength was 36, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 36.8%. They earned 23 face-off wins and were beaten on 20 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 31.7% and they had a PDO of 89.7 for this game. Concerning opponent stats, the Tampa Bay Lightning racked up a total of 37 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 8 penalty minutes and they tallied 5 power play opportunities.
The Panthers are the team looking to add points to their total and for the year they have 22 wins and 16 defeats. In connection with goal differential, they are currently sitting 8th in the conference and 12th in the NHL with +7. They have earned a total of 150 goals for this season which has them at 4th in the East. Florida has a save % as a team of .895 which currently has them ranked 25th in the NHL, which means there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.4% which is good for 6th in the East. In net for Florida is Sergei Bobrovsky who is having a rough year by surrendering 3.33 goals per contest and that has him ranked 29th among East goalies and 61st in the NHL. In the 1,835 minutes he has been on the ice, he has surrendered 102 goals. His save % is .895, which has him ranked 27th among East goalies and 54th in the NHL.
The Florida Panthers went up against the Arizona Coyotes in a game where the Panthers took the defeat by a final score of 5 - 2. In this game, Florida earned a 58.7% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 64 and their opponent having a Corsi of 45. Their Fenwick rate was 56.3% with a Fenwick of 49 and the Coyotes ending the game with a 38 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Florida played and it could be said that this team has had better games. Their PDO was 96.6 and their oZS percentage was 63.7%. The Panthers netted 2 goals of the 39 shots on goal they pursued. They had 2 power play opportunities in this outing but were not able to net one. As for their opponent, the Coyotes had 2 power play opportunities and took advantage of the situation by scoring 2 goals. Florida conceded 37 shots on goal and the Coyotes had 6 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Vancouver (+127)
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