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Florida Panthers vs. Minnesota Wild - 12/3/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Wild at Florida Panthers
Date & Time Tuesday December 3, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
BB&T Center
Sunrise, FL
The Line
FLA -125, O/U 6
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The Minnesota Wild head to Florida on Tuesday for a game against the Panthers in what should be an interesting matchup.  The Wild were victorious in their last game, beating the Dallas Stars by the score of 3-2 in a shootout.  The Wild received goals in regulation from Kevin Fiala and Zach Parise before winning in the shootout by the score of 3-2.  Minnesota goalie Alex Stalock recorded the win in net for the Wild as he made saves on 26 of 28 Stars shots in the game. 

After the win against Dallas, Minnesota is now 12-11-4 on the season and are currently in a 5th place tie in the Central Division.  Eric Staal leads the Wild in points per game on the season with 19.  Zach Parise leads Minnesota in goals on the year with 12, including 5 on the power play.  Ryan Suter leads the Wild in assists on the season with 13, including 7 on the power play.  Goalie Alex Stalock is currently 7-3-2 on the season with a shutout and a goals against average of 2.67.  Backup goalie Kaapo Kahkonen is 1-0-0 on the year with a goals against average of 2.00.  Minnesota enters Tuesday’s game with 2 players listed on their injury report as Devin Dubnyk is on injured reserve while Marcus Foligno is listed as day to day.

The Florida Panthers welcome the Minnesota Wild to town on Tuesday night after winning their last game against the Nashville Predators by the score of 3-0.  The Panthers received goals from Aleksander Barkov and 2 goals from Anton Stralman.  Panthers goalie Chris Driedger recorded the win in net as he shut the Predators for his first career win and first career shutout in his first career start while making saved on all 27 Nashville shots that he faced in the game. 

The Panthers are now 13-8-5 on the season which puts them in 2nd place in the Atlantic Division. Jonathan Huberdeau leads Florida in points with 31 on the season.  Brett Connolly leads Florida in goals as he has recorded 12 so far this year.  Aleksander Barkov leads the Panthers in assists with 23 on the season. Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is 9-6-4 with 1 shutout and a 3.48 goals against average.  Florida’s backup goalie, Chris Driedger is now 1-0-0 with a goals against average of 0.00. Florida enters Tuesday’s game with 2 players listed on their injury report as Jayce Hawryluk and Mackenzie Weegar are both listed as day to day.

Minnesota has scored 2.89 goals per game so far this season while allowing an average of 3.19 goals per game.  Florida has scored 3.50 goals per game while allowing 3.46 goals per game.  In their last 5 games played, Minnesota is 3-2 and have won 3 games in a row while Florida is 2-3 in their last 5 and their win over Nashville snapped a 3-game losing streak. Although Minnesota has played better as of late, I am going to go with Florida in this one as they have a much better offense than Minnesota.  Also, the Panthers are 7-3-2 at home this season while the Wild are 5-10-2 on the road.  Florida wins 4-3 and on the over. 

Pick:
FLA -125, Over 6
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