Detroit Red Wings (12-21-4) at Florida Panthers (23-9-4)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 7:00 pm (BB&T Center)
The Line: Florida Panthers -225 / Detroit Red Wings +188 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Detroit Red Wings and the Florida Panthers meet in NHL action from the BB&T Center on Thursday night.
The Detroit Red Wings will look to rebound from their 4-1 loss to the Panthers in their last matchup. Filip Hronek leads Detroit in scoring with 21 points including a team-high 19 assists while Dylan Larkin has 19 points with 6 goals and 13 assists. Robby Fabbri is on 18 points with a team-high 10 goals while Anthony Mantha has 17 points with 9 goals and 8 assists. Bobby Ryan and Filip Zadina each have 14 points with Ryan splitting his points between 7 goals and 7 assists while Zadina has 10 assists on the year. As a team, Detroit is averaging 2.2 goals on 27.9 shots with a 12% success rate on the power play while allowing 3.2 goals on 31 shots with a 73.3% success rate on the power play this season.
The Florida Panthers will look to add to Detroit’s misery after the 4-1 win last time out. Jonathan Huberdeau leads the Panthers in scoring with 41 points including 14 goals and a team-high 27 assists while Aleksander Barkov has 37 points with 13 goals and 24 assists. Carter Verhaeghe has 30 points with a team-high 17 goals and Patric Hornqvist has 25 points with 12 goals and 13 assists while Keith Yandle’s on 20 points with 17 assists as well this season. As a team, Florida is averaging 3.3 goals on 34.3 shots per game with a 23.9% success rate on the PK while allowing 2.7 goals on 30.5 shots with an 80.2% success rate on the PK this season.
Detroit is 26-78 in their last 104 games overall and 32-80 in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 6-1-2 in their last 9 games overall. Florida is 4-1 in their last 10 home games and 5-2 in their last 7 games following a win while the under is 14-3-1 in their last 18 games as a home favorite. Detroit is 2-11 in the last 13 meetings between these two teams and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Florida.
I’ve had a hard time figuring out when to pick my spots with this Detroit team and honestly, I’m not trying anymore. What I do know is that Florida is a rock solid offensive unit and the Panthers have had their way with the Red Wings in recent meetings. I just don’t feel like paying this much juice, so give me the Panthers -1.5 in this one as I could see a 4-1 game here once again.