Nashville Predators vs Florida Panthers Prediction, 3/18/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nashville Predators vs Florida Panthers
Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021
Location: BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL
TV: Fox Sports Florida
Odds/Point Spread: Predators (+180) Panthers (-222)
Sergei Bobrovsky and the Florida Panthers (19-5-4) host the Nashville Predators (12-16-1) at BB&T Center on Thursday. The Predators open this contest at +180 while the Panthers are priced at -222. The over/under opens at 6.5.
The Predators had a good night with a 4-1 victory over the Lightning their last time out. Their offensive zone starts were at 31.3% and they had a PDO of 106.3 in this game. They earned 22 face-off wins at even strength and lost on 26 attempts to control the puck. Their Fenwick came in at 24 and the Fenwick Against sat at 43, meaning they had a Fenwick rate of 35.8%. The Corsi for the Predators came in at 30 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 55 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 35.3%. Nashville accumulated 14 penalty mins for this game. Moreover, they had 2 power play tries and were able to net 1 goal. The Predators played really well in the win. In the game, they netted 4 of the 26 shots they put on net.
The Predators have had 876 shots attempted against them and hold a save percentage of .889. When at even strength, the Predators have allowed the opponent to score 66 goals while earning 50 as an offensive unit. Nashville Predators opponents have earned 97 power play tries (7th in the league) and have come away with 31 goals in those attempts. For the year, they sit with 25 points and their points percentage sits at .431. Nashville has taken 906 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 7.6%. When it comes to their scoring, the Nashville Predators have accounted for 69 goals (26th in the league) for the year and have given up 97. Nashville steps onto the ice with 94 power play chances and they have scored 19 goals during those advantages, giving them a percentage of 20.21%.
The player protecting the goal in this game is Pekka Rinne. Rinne has been involved in 679 games over the course of his NHL career. He has earned a win-loss mark of 366-212-75 and he started in 662 games. Opponents have notched 1,591 goals against Rinne in his NHL career and his goals against rate is 2.44. Rinne has seen 19,103 shots taken against him and has recorded 17,512 total saves. His save percentage currently is at .917 for his 39,170 minutes played. From the beginning of his pro career to now, Rinne is sitting with 378 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .571.
When they were on the ice last, Florida faced the Blackhawks in a matchup where the Panthers got the victory by a score of 6-3. They had 3 power play chances in this outing and scored 2 out of those chances. The Panthers earned 6 goals of the 36 shots on goal they took. Their PDO at even strength was 99 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 50.0%. Florida earned a 52.6% Corsi rating. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Florida had and they looked like the better team in this game. Their Fenwick percentage was 52.5% by way of having a Fenwick of 31 and the Blackhawks having racked up a 28 Fenwick at even strength.
Florida has taken 954 shots (4th in hockey) and has earned a shooting percentage of 10.27%, while allowing the other team 869 shots. They have a penalty kill percentage of 79.76% on the other teams 84 power play opportunities, and their save percentage comes in at 90.9%. They have a tally of 85 opportunities on the power play and they have a power play percentage of 27.06%. The Panthers are sitting with 75 goals at even strength and 23 goals (7th in the NHL) while having a power play advantage. They have permitted 79 goals to be scored by way of 62 goals at even strength and 17 goals while they were shorthanded. For the season, the Florida Panthers are sitting with 98 goals, 42 points, in addition to a points percentage of .750.
Across the ice you will find Sergei Bobrovsky in goal. His opponents are averaging 2.55 goals/game and he has surrendered 1,281 goals altogether. Bobrovsky's quality start percentage is 56.5% and he has accumulated 288 quality starting assignments in his pro hockey career. He was named a starter in 510 games and has been on the ice for 30,154 mins. Bobrovsky has amassed a career mark of 290-174-45 and has played in 523 contests. He is sitting with 14,091 stops out of 15,372 shots taken against him, which gives him a save % of .917.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Florida (-222)
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