Florida Panthers (13-14-6) at Detroit Red Wings (15-16-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 22, 2018, 2:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Detroit Red Wings -110 / Florida Panthers -120 --- Over/Under: 5.5
NHL action on Saturday pits the Florida Panthers at the Detroit Red Wings.
The Florida Panthers saw a much needed three game winning streak go by the wayside in a 6-1 loss at Toronto on Thursday. Henrik Borgstrom scored on the power play in the third period for the Panthers with Roberto Luongo getting the loss with five goals allowed on 22 shots.
Auston Matthews and John Tavares each lit the lamp twice for the Maple Leafs with Nazem Kadri and Mitch Marner also reaching the scoring column. Marner assisted twice and Matthews had three more assist while Morgan Rielly totaled four helpers to lift Toronto and make a winner of Frederik Andersen and his 25 saves.
The Detroit Red Wings ended a four game slide Thursday with a 4-1 victory at Carolina. The Hurricanes lone goal came off the stick of Andrei Svechnikov in the second while Petr Mrazek absorbed the loss with three goals allowed on 23 shots.
The Red Wings received scoring from Niklas Kronwall, Frans Nielsen, Jonathan Ericsson and Dylan Larkin. Jonathan Bernier picked up the win for Detroit with 38 stops as eight players posted points.
Panthers are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. a team with a losing record and over is 4-0 in Panthers last 4 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and Panthers are 0-5 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. Over is 3-0-1 in Red Wings last 4 vs. Atlantic and Red Wings are 0-5 in their last 5 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game and Red Wings are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference. Panthers are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Detroit and road team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
Neither team is playing all that well so I’ll back the team who has enjoyed the most success in this matchup…