Florida Panthers vs Nashville Predators Prediction, 3/4/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Florida Panthers vs Nashville Predators
Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021
Location: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
TV: Fox Sports Florida
Odds/Point Spread: Panthers (-111) Predators (-105)
Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators (10-12-0) play the Florida Panthers (13-4-4) at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday. The Predators open this contest at -105 while the Panthers are priced at -111. The over/under has been set at 6.5.
The Panthers had a rough game after their 3-2 defeat to the Hurricanes the last time they stepped on the ice. The Panthers didn't have their best offensive outing in the defeat. In the game, they netted 2 out of the 46 shots they put on goal. They also had 3 power play attempts but weren't able to score. Florida tallied 8 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Panthers came in at 52 and the Corsi against when this game finished was 40 meaning they had a Corsi rate of 56.5%. Their Fenwick came in at 44 and the Fenwick against was 31, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 58.7%. They accumulated 20 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 21 opportunities to take control of the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were at 63.4% and they had a PDO of 95.1 for this matchup.
The Panthers have had 645 shots taken against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .910. While at even strength, the Panthers have allowed the opponent to score 44 goals while scoring 51 of their own. Florida Panthers opponents have earned 61 power play opportunities (23rd in hockey) and have scored 14 goals in those chances. For the current campaign, they have racked up 30 points and their points percentage is .714. Florida has taken 725 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 9.1%. With regard to their goal scoring prowess, the Florida Panthers have accumulated 66 goals (11th in the National Hockey League) so far this year and have surrendered 58. Florida has accumulated 60 power play opportunities and they have notched 15 goals out of those attempts, giving them a percentage of 25.00%.
The man in net for this game is Sergei Bobrovsky. For his career, Bobrovsky has 285 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is at .565. He has a save percentage of .917 during his 29,792 minutes in the crease. Bobrovsky has seen 15,174 shot attempts taken against him and has recorded 13,910 total saves. The opposition has notched 1,264 goals versus Bobrovsky in his career and his goals against average per contest is 2.55. He has a win-loss record of 284-174-45 and he has started in 504 games. Bobrovsky has played in 517 contests over the course of his NHL career.
Their last time out, Nashville opposed the Hurricanes in a matchup where the Predators ended up taking the loss by a score of 4-2. They had a PDO at even strength of 94 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 48.1%. They had 3 chances on the power play in this one and tallied 1 out of those opportunities. Their Fenwick percentage was 55.3% by way of having a Fenwick of 47 and the Hurricanes having accrued a 38 Fenwick. The Predators had 2 goals of the 38 shots on goal they were seeking. Nashville went home with a 52.5% Corsi rate. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Nashville had and it tells us that they didn't have their best game.
On the season, the Nashville Predators have tallied 50 goals, 20 points, and a points percentage of .455. They have granted a total of 68 goals to be scored by way of 47 goals at even strength and 21 goals while they were shorthanded. The Predators have scored 36 goals at even strength and 14 goals (18th in professional hockey) while having more men on the ice. They have earned 75 power play opportunities and they have a power play rate of 18.67%. Nashville has attempted 708 shots (6th in pro hockey) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 7.06%, while allowing their opponents 640 shots. They have a penalty kill percentage of 71.23% on their opponents 73 power play chances, and their save percentage is 89.4%.
For the opposition you will find Pekka Rinne in goal. He has compiled 17,308 stops out of 18,871 shots attempted against him, which gives him a save percentage of .917. Rinne holds a lifetime record of 364-208-74 and has played in 672 games. He has been a starter 655 games and has racked up 38,761 minutes. Rinne's rate of quality starts comes out to 57.3% and he has 375 quality starting assignments in his career. The opposition is averaging 2.42 goals per contest and he has surrendered 1,563 goals in total.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Florida (-111)
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