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Detroit Red Wings vs. Florida Panthers

Red Wings (23-34-10, 56 points) @ Florida Panthers (29-27-12, 70 points)

March 10, 2019, 5:00 PM EST (BB&T Center)

Moneyline: Florida Panthers -225/ Detroit Red Wings +185

Puckline: Florida Panthers -1.5

Over/Under: 6

ESPN NHL Scores: Florida Panthers vs. Detroit Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings decided to be the team we thought they were, by taking a bow against the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning. The Wings are now 1-6-3 in their last ten games.

Florida performed at an out-of-character level of dominance, that saw them take down the Minnesota Wild, 6-2. The Panthers are now 3-3-4 in their last ten games.

Detroit Red Wings

Heading into April, the Red Wings only battle will be with themselves. Like last year, the Red Wings have decided to keep Mike Green out of games until the end of the season. Worsening their chances of winning (or drumming up offense) is Dylan Larkin also being listed as questionable.

Detroit is now dependent on the likes of Andreas Athanasiou, Anthony Mantha, and Tyler Bertuzzi to find some production in the offensive zone. Athanasiou, the most successful of what’s left, has amassed 41 points this year (23 goals and 18 assists) and is now living in the best season of his career.

His shots per game have increased, and so has his accuracy. At 24, there is still a lot of room for growth, but when judging this team on its abilities to score now, you’d have to hope another season’s long jump in knowledge, experience, and skill.

Florida Panthers

As a playoff outsider, the Panthers and their fans can be thrilled that Jonathan Huberdeau (72 points) and Aleksander Barkov (75 points) performing with career-best outputs. Both gentlemen have found a level of chemistry and consistency to help keep their level of production above a point-per-game.

Unfortunately, for the Panthers, they own the third worst PDO score. These statistics should be used to project the futures of different teams, but this deep into the season we can use it as a measurement of performance.

At 98.7, the Florida Panthers have failed to find scoring beyond the first line (9.5% oiSH%) and received the worst goaltending in the league (89.2% oiSV%). While neither statistic would rest on the shoulders of a single person, it’s clear that the front office has a lot more work to do past the 1st forward line.

Cover the Spread 365 NHL Betting Trends

Detroit Red Wings

Detroit is 3-6 ATS in its last nine games

Red Wings are 1-9 SU in its last ten games

Detroit is 4-1 ATS in its previous five games on the road

Florida Panthers

Florida is 12-1 ATS in its last 13 games

Panthers are 1-6 SU in its last seven games

The total has gone OVER in 8 of Florida’s last ten games

Free NHL Predictions: Detroit Red Wings @ Florida Panthers

This game would be a different tale if Larkin and Mike Green were expected to play tonight. Neither of these teams is that great, but the Red Wings front office has indeed sent the message that the season was over.

The Panthers are also coming out of a six-game losing streak, and I don’t expect them to start losing against this turd sandwich of a team. The Panthers have enough offense on the first line to get the better of Detroit.

Pick: Florida -225, Detroit +1.5

#RedWings prospects Carter Mazur and Red Savage competing for spots on the U.S. World Junior roster, which is down to 27 and will be reduced to a final count of 25 by Sunday.

#RedWings prospects Sebastian Cossa and Donovan Sebrango on Canada's World Junior team for the tournament in Edmonton Aug. 9-20. @griffinshockey

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