Detroit Red Wings vs. Florida Panthers Odds - Free Pick 3/19/2016
Two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division face one another this Saturday night with the Detroit Red Wings making the trip to BBT Center to play the first-place Florida Panthers. Game time for this division clash is set for 7 p.m. (ET) and it will be available on NHL Center Ice.
Bet your Wings/Panthers pick at Bovada and get yourself a 50% Bonus on your first deposit up to $500 FREE! Be betting in minutes with your credit card!
The Red Wings come into this game fresh-off Thursday's 3-1 road victory against Columbus as slight -108 favorites. It was just their third win in their last eight games and the total has now stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in four of their last five outings. Detroit is holding down the fourth spot in the Atlantic with 81 points behind a record of 35-25-11 and it is 17-13-5 on the road this season.
In Thursday's win, goalie Jimmy Howard turned away 27 of the 28 shots he faced while Henrik Zetterberg and Darren Helm put the game away for good with a pair of third period goals. The Red Wings have lacked consistency lighting the lamp during their current slide, but they remain one of the better teams in the NHL at the other end of the ice with a goals-against average of 2.6. Howard has been splitting time in goal with Petr Mrazek, who has a GAA of 2.21 in 46 starts this season.
Florida's lead in the division over Boston stands at three points following Thursday's 4-1 victory against Toronto on the road as a -152 favorite. The Panthers also knocked-off Montreal by that same exact score on Tuesday as -125 favorites on the road to post their fourth win in their last five games. The total has now ended as a PUSH in their last three outings with the total closing at five in all three games. Florida is 40-22-9 (89 points) on the year with a 22-9-5 record on its home ice.
Jussi Jokinen scored back-to-back goals in the second period of Thursday's win and goalie Roberto Luongo stopped 32 of the 33 shots he faced in one of his better performances in recent games. In Tuesday's win against the Canadiens, Al Montoya got the start in goal and posted a save percentage of .964 on 28 shots on goal. Overall, the Panthers are ranked ninth in the NHL in scoring with 2.7 goals per game and they drop to fifth in goals allowed with a GAA of 2.4.
The Red Wings are just 3-9 in their last 12 road games, but they have won 19 of their last 26 games played on a Saturday. The total has stayed UNDER in 18 of their last 28 division games.
The Panthers are 4-1 in their last five home games and they are 18-7 in their last 25 games following a win. The total has gone OVER in three of their last five games against a division foe.
Head-to-head in this Atlantic Division tilt, the road team is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings and the total has stayed UNDER in nine of the last 13 meetings in Florida.
Detroit Red Wings at Florida Panthers Prediction
Two of the first three meetings this season have stayed UNDER the closing total line of 5 and I am going that way again for this Saturday's showdown. Both teams have been tough to score on lately and I think the goalies end-up dictating the outcome in this one.