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
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.
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 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.