Florida Panthers vs Carolina Hurricanes Prediction, 4/8/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Florida Panthers vs Carolina Hurricanes
Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Location: PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
TV: Bally Sports South
Odds/Point Spread: Panthers (+125) Hurricanes (-150)
Sergei Bobrovsky and the Florida Panthers (26-10-4) are headed to PNC Arena on Thursday where they'll meet the Carolina Hurricanes (26-9-3). The Panthers open this matchup at +125 while the Hurricanes are coming in at -150. The O/U opens at 6.5.
The Panthers had a rough game after their 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes in their previous game. The Panthers offense left a lot to be desired in this defeat. In the matchup, they tallied a score on 2 out of the 36 shots they attempted. Additionally, they had 2 power play chances but weren't able to net one. Florida recorded 4 penalty mins for this contest. The Corsi for the Panthers came in at 45 and the Corsi against when all was said and done was 52 which means they had a Corsi rate of 46.4%. Their Fenwick came in at 38 and the Fenwick against was 42, meaning the had a Fenwick percentage of 47.5%. They compiled 25 face-off victories at even strength and lost on 28 opportunities to control the puck. When starting in the offensive zone they were rated at 39.8% and their PDO was 95.3 for this one.
When talking about scoring goals, the Florida Panthers have notched 131 goals (2nd in the NHL) on the campaign and have given up 106. For the current season, the have a total of 56 points and their points percentage is sitting at .700. Florida comes into the game with 128 power play chances and they have notched 29 goals out of those tries, giving them a rate of 22.66%. When at even strength, the Panthers have allowed 82 goals while having 102 of their own. Florida has taken 1,382 shots and holds a shot percentage of 9.5%. The Panthers have had 1,239 shots attempted against them and have earned a save percentage of .914. Florida Panthers opponents have earned 121 power play tries (9th in the NHL) and have tallied 24 goals in those chances.
The player guarding the cage in this matchup is Sergei Bobrovsky. Throughout his time in hockey, Bobrovsky has compiled 294 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .569. He has a save percentage of .917 in his 30,571 mins between the pipes. Bobrovsky has seen 15,592 shots taken against him and has gathered 14,294 saves. Opponents have scored 1,298 goals versus Bobrovsky in his NHL career and his goals against rate is 2.55. He has amassed an overall record of 293-178-45 and got the start in 517 games. Bobrovsky has been involved in 530 contests during his professional hockey career.
In their win over Florida, Carolina had 4 opportunities on the power play in this outing and earned 2 out of those opportunities. The Hurricanes recorded 5 goals out of the 36 shots on goal they were seeking. They had a PDO of 105 and their percentage of oZS was 60.2%. Carolina earned a 53.6% Corsi rating. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Carolina had and we'd say they played well overall. Their Fenwick rate was 52.5% by notching a Fenwick of 42 and the Panthers having notched a 38 Fenwick at even strength.
Carolina has taken 1,230 shots (3rd in professional hockey) and has a shot percentage of 9.84%, while allowing their opponents 1,079 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill rate of 82.64% on their oppositions 121 power play chances, and their save percentage currently sits at 91.4%. They have earned 114 power play chances and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 29.82%. The Hurricanes have tallied 87 goals at even strength and 34 goals (1st in pro hockey) while on the power play. They have allowed 93 goals to be scored by way of 72 goals at even strength and 21 goals while they had less men on the ice. So far this season, the Carolina Hurricanes have a total of 121 goals, 55 points, and a points percentage of .724.
Across the ice you are going to see James Reimer in net. His opponents are averaging 2.79 goals per game and he has relinquished 965 goals overall. Reimer's quality start rate sits at 50.6% and he has earned 176 quality starting assignments in his pro career. He has started in 348 games and has played 20,726 mins. Reimer is the owner of a lifetime record of 172-130-42 and has played in 382 games. He has accrued 10,147 saves out of the 11,112 shots taken against him, giving him a save % of .913.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Florida (+125)
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