Florida Panthers vs New Jersey Devils Prediction, 4/2/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Florida Panthers vs New Jersey Devils
Date: Saturday, April 2, 2022
Location: Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: Panthers (-250) Devils (+205)
The New Jersey Devils (24-38-5) are welcoming the Florida Panthers (46-15-6) at Prudential Center on Saturday. The moneyline on this game has Florida at -250 and New Jersey is opening at +205. The over/under is set at 7.
The Florida Panthers came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 4-0 win against the Blackhawks in the last game they played. The Panthers had a impressive offensive output in the win. While out there on the ice, they tallied a score on 4 out of the 44 shots they tried. Additionally, they had 3 power play opportunities and were able to notch 1 goal. Florida recorded 6 penalty minutes in this contest.
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With respect to scoring goals, the Florida Panthers have accumulated 272 goals (1st in the league) this season and have allowed 191. For the season, they have tallied 98 points and their points % is .731. Florida has accounted for 216 power play opportunities and they have added 50 goals out of those tries, garnering them a rate of 23.15%. When playing at even strength, the Panthers have allowed the opponent to score 149 goals while earning 222 on offense. Florida has attempted 2,494 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 10.9%. The Panthers have had 2,057 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .907. Florida Panthers opponents have recorded 211 power play tries (7th in hockey) and have a total of 42 goals in those chances.
The man protecting the goal in this game is Spencer Knight. Knight has participated in 29 games over the course of his professional hockey career. He has accumulated a record of 17-8-3 and he started in 25 games. Opponents have scored 77 goals versus Knight in his career and his goals against average per contest is 2.86. Knight has seen 816 shot attempts against him and has recorded 739 total saves. He has a save percentage of .906 for his 1,614 minutes played. In his professional hockey career, Knight is sitting with 12 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is at .480.
Their last time out, New Jersey squared up with the Bruins in an outing where the Devils went home in defeat by a final of 8-1. They had 3 opportunities on the power play in this game but weren't able to notch a goal. The Devils recorded 1 goal out of the 26 shots on goal they were seeking.
The Devils are sitting with 167 goals at even strength and 34 goals (27th in hockey) while on the power play. New Jersey has taken 2,140 shots (14th in professional hockey) and has a shooting percentage of 9.39%, while allowing their opponents 2,092 shots. So far this year, the New Jersey Devils have accounted for 201 goals, 53 points, and a points percentage of .396. They have earned 189 chances on the power play and they have a power play rate of 17.99%. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 80.92% on their opponents 173 tries on the power play, and their save percentage comes in at 88.4%. They have granted a total of 243 goals to be scored by way of 210 goals at even strength and 33 goals while they were shorthanded.
Across the ice you are likely to see Jon Gillies between the pipes. His opponents are averaging 3.35 goals per game and he has surrendered 89 goals in total. Gillies' quality start rate is 50.0% and he has 12 quality starts in his professional career. He got the starting nod in 24 games and has played for a total of 1,596 mins. Gillies has earned a career record of 7-15-2 and has played in 30 games. He has recorded 734 saves out of the 823 shots taken, which gives him a percentage of .892.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh's Pick: Take Florida (-250)
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