Detroit Red Wings vs Florida Panthers NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 2/19/21

Detroit Red Wings vs Florida Panthers NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 2/19/21 Photo by Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Panthers (10-2-2) at Detroit Red Wings (4-11-3)

NHL Hockey: Friday, February 19, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Little Caesars Arena)

The Line: Detroit Red Wings +155 / Florida Panthers -175 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Florida Panthers and the Detroit Red Wings meet in NHL action from Little Caesars Arena on Thursday night.

The Florida Panthers will look to build off of a 4-3 win over Carolina in their last matchup. Jonathan Huberdeau leads the Panthers in scoring with 20 points coming on a team-high 13 assists with 7 goals while Aleksander Barkov has 15 points with 5 goals and 10 assists. Patric Hornqvist has 6 goals and 7 assists for his 13 points and Carter Verhaeghe’s got 12 points with 7 goals and 5 helpers. Sergei Bobrovsky and Chris Driedger have each started 7 games and picked up 5 wins, with Driedger posting a 2.39 GAA compared to Bobrovsky’s 3.33 GAA on the year.

The Detroit Red Wings will try to rebound from a 2-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in their last appearance. Anthony Mantha, Filip Hronek and Dylan Larkin share the team lead with 9 points apiece, with Mantha putting up 5 goals with 4 assists and Larking logging 4 goals and 5 helpers while Hronek’s chipped in a team-high 9 assists. Bobby Ryan has 4 goals and 4 helpers for his 8 points while Tyler Bertuzzi has 7 points with 5 goals. Thomas Greiss continues to see the bulk of the starts between in goal for Detroit despite a 1-12 record but with a 2.90 GAA this year.

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Florida is 4-0 in their last 4 road games and 6-2 in their last 8 games as a road favorite while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record. Detroit is 10-25 in their last 35 home games and 14-55 in their last 69 games overall while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games as an underdog. The under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

I get the argument for either side here, but truth be told I really like the over in this spot. Both of these teams have had shaky goaltending as of late and both can also find of the back of the net when needed so in a game that I think we hit 7 or 8 goals, I’ll back the over in this spot.

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Chris’s Pick Over 5.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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