Panthers vs Red Wings Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/18/2020
Game: Florida Panthers vs Detroit Red Wings
Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020
Location: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Panthers (-188) Red Wings (+169)
Little Caesars Arena is the venue where Jimmy Howard and the Detroit Red Wings (12-32-3, 8th in the Atlantic Division) will take on the Florida Panthers (24-16-5, 4th in the Atlantic Division) on Saturday. The Red Wings open this matchup at +169 while the Panthers are coming in at -188. The over/under is set at 6. The Panthers are covering 51.2% of the time, having gone 22-21 SU. Detroit covers 23.9% of the time, going 11-35 straight up.
The Florida Panthers head into this game holding a record of 24 victories and 16 losses, putting them at 4th in the Atlantic Division. So far this year, they have racked up a total of 163 goals which puts them at 3rd in the East and 4th in the league. Their goal differential is +14, putting them at 10th in the league. The Panthers currently have a total of 53 points, which puts them at 19th in the league and 10th in the conference. Regarding shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 1,516 which puts them at 4th in the conference and 9th in the league. As a unit, Florida currently has a total of 770 hits which has them averaging 17.1 per contest. They currently have a total of 548 blocks for the year. The man looking after the net for Florida is Chris Driedger from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is 25 years old and has racked up 449 mins defending the goal for the season. Driedger is surrendering an average of 2.40 goals per game which has him sitting 4th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 8th in the NHL among goalies. So far this year, he has allowed 18 goals. He has a save percentage of .931 which has him sitting 1st among Eastern Conference goaltenders.
The Florida Panthers were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 8 - 4 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs the last time they stepped on the ice. The Panthers had a solid offensive outing and it was apparent in this victory. While out there on the ice, they finished 8 of the 29 shots they tried. Furthermore, they had 2 power play attempts and notched 1 goal out of those tries. Florida had a total of 6 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Panthers was 37 and the Corsi against was 64 giving them a Corsi percentage of 36.6%. Their Fenwick sat at 33 and the Fenwick against sat at 51, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 39.3%. They earned 27 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 33 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 30.1% and they had a PDO at even strength of 114.2 for this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Toronto Maple Leafs earned a total of 47 shots. They finished with 4 penalty mins and they had 3 power play chances.
The Red Wings will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the year they sit with 12 wins and 32 losses. In connection with goal differential, they are sitting 16th in the conference and 31st in the NHL with -81. They have earned a total of 101 goals for the season which has them at 16th in the Eastern Conference. Detroit has a save % as a team of .879 which currently has them sitting 31st in the NHL, which means there could be plenty of chances to score if they are aggressive. They have a team shooting percentage of 7.6% which is good for 16th in the conference. In goal for Detroit is Jimmy Howard who is having a bad season by allowing 4.26 goals against average and that ranks him 34th in the East and 68th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 958 mins he's played this year, he has surrendered 68 goals. He has a save percentage of .876, which puts him at 33rd in the East and 67th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Detroit Red Wings squared up with the New York Islanders in a game where the Red Wings ended up losing by a tally of 8 - 2. In this game, Detroit wound up with a 63.6% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 56 and their opponent having a Corsi of 32. Their Fenwick rate was 62.5% by way of having a Fenwick of 45 and the Islanders finishing with a 27 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Detroit had and it could be said that this team has had better games. Their PDO was 72.7 and their oZS percentage was 55.6%. The Red Wings netted 2 goals out of the 36 shots on goal they pursued. They had 2 power play chances in this one but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. Regarding the opposition, the Islanders had 1 power play attempt but didn't put the puck in goal. Detroit gave up 26 shots on goal and the Islanders racked up 6 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Florida (-188)
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