Kings vs Panthers Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/16/2020
Game: Los Angeles Kings vs Florida Panthers
Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020
Location: BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Kings (+160) Panthers (-177)
BB&T Center is the venue where Sergei Bobrovsky and the Florida Panthers (24-16-5, 4th in the Atlantic Division) will take on the Los Angeles Kings (18-25-5, 7th in the Pacific Division) on Thursday. The Kings open this matchup at +160 while the Panthers are priced at -177. The total is set at 6. The Kings are covering 37.5% of the time, having gone 18-30 SU. Florida is covering 50.0% of the time, going 21-21 straight up.
The Los Angeles Kings come into the game holding a record of 18 wins and 25 defeats, putting them at 7th in the Pacific Division. During the year thus far, they have racked up a total of 121 goals which is 14th in the conference and 29th in the league. Their goal differential is -27, putting them at 26th in the league. The Kings have a total of 41 pts, which is 28th in the league and 14th in the Western Conference. Regarding shots at the opposition, they have a total of 1,616 which is 2nd in the conference and 3rd in the league. As a group, Los Angeles has compiled a total of 944 hits which has them averaging 19.7 per contest. They have a total of 525 blocks for the year. Protecting the net for Los Angeles is Jonathan Quick from Milford, Connecticut. He is 34 years old and has been on the ice a total of 1,853 mins minding the net this year. Quick is conceding an average of 3.01 goals against average which has him ranking 22nd among West goaltenders and 42nd in the NHL among goaltenders. During this season, he's allowed 93 goals. He has a save percentage of .896 which has him ranking 30th among West goaltenders.
The Los Angeles Kings had a rough game after their 4 - 3 loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning in their previous contest. The Kings had an average offensive output in the loss. In this outing, they converted 3 of the 41 shots they attempted. They also had 3 power play attempts and were able to score 1 goal out of those opportunities. Los Angeles racked up a total of 4 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Kings sat at 49 and the Corsi against was 50 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 49.5%. Their Fenwick was 40 while the Fenwick against was 40, which tells us they had a rate of 50.0%. They won 29 face-off wins and were beaten on 25 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 40.6% and they had a PDO at even strength of 96.4 in this one. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Tampa Bay Lightning racked up a total of 38 shots. They had 6 minutes in the box and they tallied 2 power play chances.
The Panthers will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the season they have 24 wins and 16 defeats. In connection with goal differential, they are currently ranked 7th in the conference and 10th in the NHL with +14. They have earned a total of 163 goals for the season which ranks them 3rd in the conference. Florida has a team save % of .897 which has them 24th in the NHL, which means there could be plenty of chances to score if they are aggressive. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.8% which is good for 5th in the Eastern Conference. In net for Florida is Sergei Bobrovsky who is having a rough season by surrendering 3.29 goals per game and that ranks him 28th among East goaltenders and 59th in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,895 minutes he has been on the ice, he has allowed 104 goals. He holds a save percentage of .896, which places him at 27th among East goaltenders and 55th in the NHL among goalies.
The Florida Panthers faced the Toronto Maple Leafs in a game where the Panthers took home the win by a final score of 8 - 4. In this game, Florida wound up with a 36.6% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 37 and their opponent having a Corsi of 64. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 39.3% by earning a Fenwick of 33 and the Maple Leafs ending the game with a 51 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Florida had and it was a good performance overall. They had a PDO of 114.2 and they had an oZS percentage of 30.1%. The Panthers netted 8 goals of the 29 shots on goal they pursued. They had 2 power play opportunities in this one and were able to convert 1 out of those opportunities. As for the opposition, the Maple Leafs had 3 power play chances but weren't able to take advantage of it. Florida gave way to 47 shots on goal and the Maple Leafs ended up with a total of 4 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Los Angeles (+160)
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