Vancouver Canucks vs Florida Panthers Prediction, 10/21/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Vancouver Canucks vs Florida Panthers
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2023
Location: FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, FL
TV: Bally Sports Florida
Odds/Point Spread: Canucks (+145) Panthers (-188)
FLA Live Arena is the site where the Florida Panthers (2-2-0) will take on the Vancouver Canucks (2-2-0) on Saturday. The moneyline on this contest has the Canucks at +145 while the Panthers are coming in at -188. The over/under comes in at 6.
The Vancouver Canucks were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 4-3 loss against the Lightning in their previous game. Vancouver amassed 11 penalty minutes for this game. The Canucks offense showed they have some room for improvement in the defeat. Moreover, they had 1 chance with extra men on the ice but weren't able to score. For the game, they netted 3 out of the 29 shots they tried.
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Vancouver Canucks opponents have totaled 18 power play tries (5th in pro hockey) and have scored 5 goals in those attempts. The Canucks have had 145 shots tried against them and have earned a save percentage of .931. Vancouver has taken 102 shots and holds a shot percentage of 14.7%. When at even strength, the Canucks have allowed 5 goals while getting 11 when they are on offense. Vancouver comes into tonight with 13 power play chances and they have added 4 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a rate of 30.77%. For the season, they have accumulated 4 points and their points percentage comes in at .500. In relation to scoring goals, the Vancouver Canucks have notched 15 goals (7th in pro hockey) on the season and have given up 10.
The player in the crease for this game is Thatcher Demko. Opponents have tallied 480 goals against Demko in his pro career and his goals against average is 2.89. Demko has been involved in 171 games throughout his NHL career. His save percentage sits at .911 for his 9,954 mins guarding the cage. He has compiled a record of 82-69-15 and he was named the starter in 165 games. Over the course of his pro career, Demko has accumulated 91 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .552. Demko has seen 5,376 shots against him and has recorded 4,896 total saves.
When they were on the ice last, Florida faced off against the Maple Leafs in a game where the Panthers earned a win by a tally of 3-1. The Panthers notched 3 goals out of the 24 shots on goal they tried. They had 4 opportunities on the power play in this matchup but didn't put one in the back of the net.
On the season, the Florida Panthers have notched a total of 11 goals, 4 points, in addition to a points percentage of .500. They have permitted 12 goals to be scored by of a combination of 6 goals at even strength and 6 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Panthers have scored 9 goals at even strength and 2 goals (22nd in the NHL) while having more men on the ice. They have earned 18 opportunities on the power play and they have a power play percentage of 11.11%. Florida has tried 128 shots (15th in the NHL) and has a shot percentage of 8.59%, while allowing the opposition 120 shots. They have a penalty kill percentage of 70.00% on their oppositions 20 tries on the power play, and their save percentage sits at 90.0%.
On the other side of the ice you are expected to see Sergei Bobrovsky defending the net. He has compiled 17,340 stops out of 18,954 shots taken against him, which gives him a save % of .915. Bobrovsky is the owner of a career record of 362-209-51 and has participated in 646 games. He got the starting nod in 630 games and has racked up 37,144 minutes. Bobrovsky's percentage of quality starts comes out to 57.3% and he has 361 quality starts in his career. Teams are averaging 2.61 goals per contest and he has relinquished 1,614 goals overall.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh's Pick: Take Florida (-188)
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