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Florida Panthers vs Minnesota Wild prediction 1-19-24 Picks

Minnesota Wild (18-20-5) vs. Florida Panthers (27-13-4)
January 19, 2024 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Florida Panthers -189 / Minnesota Wild +150; Over/Under: +6
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The Minnesota Wild and Florida Panthers face off on Friday in an NHL showdown at Amernt Bank Arena.  Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free Wild vs Panthers prediction.

Wild Playing on Tired Legs

The Wild had a tough game on Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning and now have to face off against the Panthers here. The Wild’s season has been inconsistent and in the last game against the New York Islanders, they were able to secure a 5-0 victory. Joel Eriksson Erik had a strong game scoring two goals. The Wild are averaging 2.86 goals while their defense is giving up 3.3 goals per game. The offense is ranked 25th and hasn’t been good enough all season. Marc Andre Fleury is expected to start in goal and he’s going to need to be good here. 

Minnesota Wild Team Facts

  • The Wild have lost each of their last eight games as underdogs.
  • The Wild have covered the puck line in each of their last 12 games as underdogs on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • The ‘Over 1.5 Goals Period 3’ market has hit in each of the Wild’s last eight games as underdogs against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • The Wild have lost the first period in each of their last four games at Amerant Bank Arena.

Panthers Coming off Overtime Loss

The Panthers faced off against the Detroit Red Wings in the last game and they were defeated 3-2 in overtime. Sergei Bobrovsky started in goal and he saved 26 of the 29 shots that he faced. The Panthers on the season is averaging 3.14 goals while their defense is giving up 2.6 goals per game. The offense is ranked 16th in the league while the defense is ranked 4th. Sam Reinhart has been an x-factor all season and he has scored 33 goals and added 23 assists so far this season. In this game if the Panthers want to find success they are going to need to get going early. If they give up the first goal in this game, the Panthers could be in some major trouble here. 

Florida Panthers Team Facts

  • The Panthers have lost each of their last three games as favorites.
  • The Panthers have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last eight home games against Central Division opponents.
  • The road team has won the third period in seven of the Panthers’ last eight games.
  • The ‘Over 1.5 Goals Period 2′ market has hit in each of the Panthers’ last nine home games.

Wild vs Panthers Betting Prediction

The Wild have a lot going against them here. The Wild are playing on the second night of a back to back and they get to face off against a Panthers defense that has been good all season. The Panthers are giving up only 2.6 goals per game and they are going to lockdown in this game. The Wild are going to struggle to score even a goal and that is going to be the difference as the Panthers are going to get the job done here. Back the Panthers on the puck line to cash here. 


Shane Mickle's Free Pick: Florida Panthers ML

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Shane Mickle

Sports is about all Shane knows in this life! He has a passion for sports and writing, which makes working for Sportschatplace a perfect job for him! If you find him cheering for a team it's usually a Minnesota team, or the Kansas Jayhawks!

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