Panthers vs. Red Wings - 3/19/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Red Wings (38-19-11) at Florida Panthers (31-25-14)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm (BB&T Center)
The Line: Florida Panthers / Detroit Red Wings --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSDT, FSFL
The Detroit Red Wings and Florida Panthers square off Thursday at the BB&T Center.
The Detroit Red Wings look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Red Wings are averaging 2.9 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Detroit Red Wings have scored a power play goal in nine straight games and have won six of their last eight when scoring at least three goals. Tomas Tatar leads Detroit with 25 goals, Pavel Datsyuk has 35 assists and Gustav Nyquist has 160 shots on goal. Defensively, the Red Wings are allowing 2.6 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in nine of their last 10 games. Jimmy Howard has allowed 101 goals on 1,165 shots faced and Petr Mrazek has given up 48 goals on 561 shots.
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The Florida Panthers need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Panthers are averaging 2.4 goals per game and have scored five goals in their last three games. The Florida Panthers have two power play goals in their last four games and have won six of their last seven games when scoring at least three goals. Nick Bjugstad leads Florida with 24 goals, Brad Boyes has 22 assists and Aaron Ekblad has 148 shots on goal. Defensively, the Panthers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four straight games. Roberto Luongo has allowed 118 goals on 1,495 shots faced and Dan Ellis has given up 13 goals on 166 shots.
The Red Wings are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 11-4 in their last 15 vs. a team with a losing record. The Panthers are 5-17 in their last 22 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game and 31-64 in their last 95 vs. a team with a winning record. The Red Wings are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Florida.
The Panthers need a win to stay in the playoff race, and I like them against a Red Wings squad that's been up and down recently.