Detroit Red Wings vs. Florida Panthers - 1/18/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Florida Panthers at Detroit Red Wings

Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 7:00 PM (Little Caesars Arena)

DET +170, O/U 6.5

The Florida Panthers travel to Detroit, MI on Saturday for a game against the Red Wings in a matchup of teams from the Atlantic Division.  In their last game, Florida defeated the Los Angeles Kings by the score of 4-3.  The Panthers received goals from Evgenii Dadonov, Frank Vatrano, Michael Matheson and Brian Boyle on their way to the victory.  Both Panthers goalies saw action the game as Sam Montembeault made saves on 23 of 26 Kings shots in the game before giving way to Chris Driedger who made saves on all 4 shots that he faced to finish the game. 

The Panthers are now 25-16-5 on the season which puts them in 4th place in the Atlantic Division. Jonathan Huberdeau leads Florida in points with 62 and in assists with 44 on the season.  Evgenii Dadonov leads Florida in goals as he has recorded 20 so far this year with 9 coming while on the power play.  Panthers goalie Sam Montembeault is 4-2-1 with a 3.35 goals against average.  Florida’s other goalie, Chris Driedger is 5-2-0, with 1 shutout and a goals against average of 2.35. Florida enters Saturday’s game with 3 players listed on their injury report as Mackenzie Weegar is listed is injured reserve, Sergei Bobrovsky is out and Chris Driedger is day to day.

The Detroit Red Wings welcome the Florida Panthers to town on Saturday, but first must play the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday.  The Red Wings last game was against the New York Islanders and they were defeated by the score of 8-2.  The Red Wings received goals from Filip Hronek and Givani Smith, but it wasn’t enough to pull out a win.  Both Detroit goalies saw action in the game as Calvin Pickard allowed 5 goals on 19 shots while Jimmy Howard allowed 3 goals on 7 shots.  

On the year the Red Wings are 12-32-3 and are in 8th place in the Atlantic Division.  The Red Wings are led in points and goals by Tyler Bertuzzi who has 34 points this season to go along with 16 goals, including 2 while on the power play.  The Red Wings are led in assists by Dylan Larkin who has tallied 20 on the year with 4 coming while on the power play.  Detroit goalie Calvin Pickard is 0-2-0 with a 5.46 goals against average this season.  Jimmy Howard is 2-16-1 with a goals against average of 4.26 so far this year.  Detroit enters Friday’s game with 3 players listed on their injury report as Trevor Daley is listed as day to day while Andreas Athanasiou and Jonathan Bernier are on injured reserve.

The Florida Panthers have scored 3.63 goals per game this season while allowing 3.30 goals per game.  As of Friday afternoon, the Detroit Red Wings have scored 2.15 goals per game this year while allowing 3.87 goals per game.  In their last 5 games, the Panthers are 4-1 and have won 3 games in a row while the Red Wings are 2-3.  Florida has won their last 3 games against Detroit, winning by the average score of 5-1.67 and I look for both of these trends to continue on Saturday.  Florida wins 5-2. 

Travis’s Pick Florida Panthers -222(ML)

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