Florida Panthers at Detroit Red Wings Betting Pick 1/18/20

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In their third head-to-head meeting of the regular season, the Florida Panthers and the Detroit Red Wings meet at Little Caesars Arena. This Atlantic Division matchup will get underway at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 18 and it will be televised live on Fox Sports Detroit Plus.

Florida Panthers vs. Detroit Red Wings Odds

Florida is 25-21 straight up (SU) and has earned 2.0 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 46 regular season outings, 28 of its games have gone over the total, while 15 have gone under and just three have pushed. The Panthers are 9-11 SU as the road team in 2019-20.

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Florida has converted on 23.8 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that places them in the top-5 among NHL teams. Its penalty kill is ranked 22nd in the league, and the team’s successfully killed off 78.0 percent of its penalties.

Florida, as a collective unit, has been sent to the penalty box just 3.2 times per game this season, and 3.8 per game over its last five on the road. The team’s had to kill penalties just 8.0 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Averaging 26.3 saves per game with a .896 save percentage, Sergei Bobrovsky (17-17-4) has been the top option in goal for Florida this season. If Florida decides to rest him, however, they may turn to Chris Driedger (6-3), who has a .932 save percentage and 2.35 goals against average this year.

Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov will both lead the way for the visiting Panthers. Huberdeau (62 points) is up to 18 goals and 44 assists, and has recorded two or more points 18 times. Barkov has 14 goals and 36 assists to his name, and has registered a point in 28 games.

On the other side of the rink, Detroit is 12-36 straight up (SU) and has lost 16.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. 22 of its games have gone over the total, while 20 have gone under and just five have pushed. It’s 8-17 SU at home this season.

Detroit has converted on just 15.2 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that places it in the bottom 5 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 32nd overall, and it’s successfully killed off 72.8 percent of all penalties.

Detroit skaters have been whistled for penalties 3.6 times per game this season, and 4.2 per game over their last five home outings. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays just 8.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Jonathan Bernier (26.0 saves per game) has been the primary netminder in the crease for Detroit. Bernier has 10 wins, 18 losses, and two overtime losses and has recorded a pedestrian 2.99 goals against average and a fairly-weak .904 save percentage this season.

The home team will be led on offense by Tyler Bertuzzi (16 goals, 18 assists).

Florida Panthers vs. Detroit Red Wings Betting Predictions

Free Prediction: SU Winner – Red Wings, O/U – Over

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The Red Wings are 6-12 when the team serves fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 8-26 in games where they’re in the penalty box for fewer than 10 minutes, total.

Florida (3-3 in shootouts) has more shootout experience coming into this one. Detroit has participated in only two shootouts this year, winning one and losing the other.

Detroit skaters have created 3.4 takeaways per game over its last five home games, a drop-off from its season average of 4.3 takeaways per game (ranked 32nd in the league).

Florida has averaged 3.7 goals per game overall this year, but has raised it up to 5.7 per contest in their past three games (the team’s a perfect 3-0 SU during that span)

Florida has averaged 5.6 takeaways per game over its last five road games, a drop-off from its season average of 9.2 takeaways per game (ranked third overall).

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