Florida Panthers vs Minnesota Wild Prediction, 10/12/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Florida Panthers vs Minnesota Wild
Date: Thursday, October 12, 2023
Location: Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Panthers (+100) Wild (-120)
Xcel Energy Center is where the Minnesota Wild (46-25-11 last year) will go up against the Florida Panthers (42-32-8 last season) on Thursday. The odds on this game have the Panthers at +100 and the Wild open at -120. The betting total is set at 7.
The Florida Panthers had a rough game after their 9-3 defeat to the Golden Knights in their previous game. The Panthers had an average offensive output in the loss. In the game, they earned a goal on 3 of the 35 shots they put on net. They also had 1 attempt on the power play but weren't able to score a goal. Florida accrued 2 penalty minutes in this matchup.
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Pertaining to their scoring capabilities, the Florida Panthers racked up 288 goals (6th in hockey) for the prior year and allowed 272. For the prior campaign, they scored 92 points and their points % was .561. Florida wrapped up the season with 276 power play chances and added 63 goals out of those chances, earning them a rate of 22.83%. While playing at even strength, the Panthers allowed the opponent to score 202 goals while earning 225. Florida attempted 3,019 shots and held a shot percentage of 9.5%. The Panthers had 2,603 shots tried against them and held a save percentage of .896. Florida Panthers opposition had 291 power play tries (3rd in professional hockey) and came away with 70 goals in those chances.
The player between the pipes for this game is Sergei Bobrovsky. Bobrovsky has been involved in 642 matchups over the course of his professional hockey career. He has earned a win-loss mark of 360-207-51 and he started in 626 games. Opponents have tallied 1,603 goals versus Bobrovsky in his NHL career and his goals against average per game is 2.61. Bobrovsky has had 18,835 shots against him and has accrued 17,232 saves. He has a save percentage of .915 in his 36,909 minutes between the pipes. From the beginning of his pro career to now, Bobrovsky has 359 quality starts and his quality starts percentage sits at .573.
When they were on the ice last, Minnesota played the Stars in an outing where the Wild ended up taking the loss by a score of 4-1. They had 2 power play attempts in this outing but weren't able to score a goal. The Wild had 1 goal of the 24 shots on goal they took.
Minnesota attempted 2,535 shots (18th in the league) and had a shooting percentage of 9.43%, while allowing their opponent 2,552 shots. They earned a penalty kill percentage of 82.03% on their opponent's 256 power play tries, and their save percentage came in at 91.4%. They earned 252 power play opportunities and they have a power play rate of 21.43%. The Wild scored 185 goals at even strength and 54 goals (15th in hockey) while on the power play. They permitted 219 goals to be scored by of a combination of 173 goals at even strength and 46 goals while they were shorthanded. Last year, the Minnesota Wild tallied 239 goals, 103 points, as well as a points percentage of .628.
Across the ice you are likely to see Filip Gustavsson in goal. Gustavsson has accrued a lifetime record of 32-22-10 and has played in 66 contests. Gustavsson's quality start percentage comes out to 66.7% and he has qualified for 40 quality starts in his career. He has racked up 1,841 stops out of the 2,001 shots taken against him, which gives him a rate of .920. Teams are averaging 2.51 goals per game and he has yielded 160 goals in total. He has been a starter 60 games and his ice time sits at 3,831 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy's Pick: Take Florida (+100)
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