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Florida Panthers vs. Detroit Red Wings - 2/3/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Detroit Red Wings (21-21-8) at Florida Panthers (21-22-6)
Date & Time Saturday February 3, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Florida Panthers -143 / Detroit Red Wings +129 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FSDE+, FSFL
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NHL | Detroit Red Wings (21-21-8) at Florida Panthers (21-22-6)
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The Detroit Red Wings and Florida Panthers meet Saturday in NHL action at the BB&T Center.

The Detroit Red Wings need a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 18.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Anthony Mantha leads Detroit with 16 goals, Dylan Larkin has 30 assists and Henrik Zetterberg has 109 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing three goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Jimmy Howard has given up 97 goals on 1,092 shots faced and Petr Mrazek has allowed 42 goals on 465 shots. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed three or less goals in six of their last eight games.

The Florida Panthers need a win here after splitting their last eight games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 16.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Vincent Trocheck leads Florida with 18 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 32 assists and Aleksander Barkov has 154 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 79.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Roberto Luongo has given up 37 goals on 512 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 87 goals on 974 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 10 games.

The Red Wings are 3-7 in their last 10 road games, 15-38 in their last 53 vs. Atlantic and 0-7 in their last 7 Saturday games. The Panthers are 2-8 in their last 10 Saturday games, 5-2 in their last 7 home games and 6-1 in their last 7 vs. Atlantic. The Red Wings are 12-5-1 in the last 18 meetings in Florida, the road team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and the over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings in Florida.

The Detroit Red Wings are playing some decent hockey as of late and are becoming a team to watch, but they are the end of a back to back and still have to prove themselves on the road. The Florida Panthers are also hit or miss, but they have had consistent results at home recently and are the fresher team. I'll give the slight edge to the Panthers on their home ice.

Pick:
Florida Panthers -143

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