Nashville Predators vs Florida Panthers Prediction, 3/2/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Nashville Predators vs Florida Panthers
Date: Thursday, March 2, 2023
Location: FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, FL
TV: Bally Sports Florida
Odds/Point Spread: Predators (+125) Panthers (-150)
FLA Live Arena is the site where the Florida Panthers (30-26-6) will try to beat the Nashville Predators (29-23-6) on Thursday. The odds on this game have Nashville at +125 while Florida is priced at -150. The betting total is set at 6.
The Nashville Predators had a rough game after their 3-1 defeat to the Penguins in their last outing. The Predators didn't have a great showing offensively in the loss. In the game, they converted 1 of the 25 shots they tried. In addition, they had 2 chances with extra men on the ice but weren't able to make the most of them. Nashville accounted for 6 penalty mins for this game.
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Nashville Predators opponents have 200 power play tries (10th in the league) and have racked up 38 goals in those chances. The Predators have had 1,950 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .911. Nashville has attempted 1,775 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 9.4%. While playing at even strength, the Predators let the opposition score 135 goals while getting 133 of their own. Nashville has accounted for 184 power play chances and they have scored 34 goals out of those tries, giving them a percentage of 18.48%. For the current season, they have racked up 64 points and their points percentage comes in at .552. When talking about their goal scoring prowess, the Nashville Predators have accumulated 167 goals (26th in the NHL) so far this season and have allowed 173.
The player between the pipes for this game is Juuse Saros. Throughout his time in hockey, Saros has accrued 155 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .618. His save percentage currently is at .919 during his 15,281 minutes between the pipes. Saros has had 8,123 shots against him and has recorded 7,465 total saves. Opponents have scored 658 goals versus Saros in his NHL career and his goals against average is 2.58. He has accumulated a win-loss mark of 137-89-25 and he was named the starter in 251 games. Saros has participated in 267 contests throughout his pro hockey career.
When they were on the ice last, Florida went up against the Lightning in an outing where the Panthers got the victory by a final score of 4-1. They had 2 chances on the power play in this one but didn't score a goal. The Panthers recorded 4 goals out of the 41 shots on goal they attempted.
The Panthers have scored 167 goals at even strength and 45 goals (9th in pro hockey) while on the power play. Florida has taken 2,275 shots (1st in professional hockey) and has a shot percentage of 9.32%, while allowing the other team 2,003 shots. During this campaign, the Florida Panthers have earned a total of 212 goals, 66 points, as well as a points percentage of .532. They have permitted 213 goals to be scored by way of 155 goals at even strength and 58 goals while they had less men on the ice. They have earned 210 chances on the power play and they have earned a power play percentage of 21.43%. They have a penalty kill percentage of 74.34% on their oppositions 226 opportunities on the power play, and their save percentage is 89.4%.
On the other side of the ice you will find Sergei Bobrovsky protecting the net. His opponents are averaging 2.60 goals per game and he has allowed 1,569 goals altogether. Bobrovsky's rate of quality starts comes out to 57.2% and he has accumulated 352 quality starting assignments in his pro career. He got the starting nod in 615 contests and has played 36,248 minutes. Bobrovsky has earned a lifetime record of 354-203-50 and has played in 631 contests. He is sitting with 16,956 stops out of the 18,525 shots taken, which gives him a save percentage of .915.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh's Pick: Take Nashville (+125)
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