Detroit Red Wings (9-26-3) at Florida Panthers (18-13-5)
NHL Hockey: Saturday December 28th 2019 at 7:00 PM EDT (BB&T Center)
Lines and Odds: Florida Panthers -310
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Welcome to this Atlantic Division matchup between the Detroit Red Wings and Florida Panthers. The Reds Wings good hockey days seem so far away now. This team is just playing so bad that it’s hard to find any positives for them. They have the worst record in the league and a crazy, -68 in goal differential. The Wings have given up the most goals and they have scored the least amount as well. They are 2-8 in their last ten games and have lost four games in a row. In a lot of games, they score only one goal and give up around four to five goals. Tyler Bertuzzi leads the team in goals, assists, and points. The Panthers are right in the middle of the division race. They are in fourth place, third in scoring within the division rankings, and 5-5 in their last ten games. Florida is almost even in goal differential and that number is at six. The Panthers are trying to get a winning streak going, but they keep winning high scoring games and then losing close ones. Jonathan Huberdeau leads the team in points with 48. The starting goalies for this game are Jimmy Howard for Detroit and Chris Driedger for Florida.
The Red Wings are coming off of a 5-2 loss to the Arizona Coyotes. Detroit got down early in the game and gave up goals in every period. The Red Wings put up a good shot total, but also gave up 45 shots. Detroit did have a lot of hits in the game and too bad they can’t generate the physical play into good offensive play. They did create some power play chances, but went 0 for 3. They gave the puck away a lot and at least they didn’t go to the box at all. When a team is struggling this bad, they can’t afford to go down early. Howard needs to bail the team out at times and the defense needs to clean things up in front of him. The whole roster is full of negative points and not one skater is in the positives. The team just needs to slowly work on different things every game. For this game, keep it close, and find a way to make special teams work for them.
The Panthers are coming off of a 6-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Florida was down early and really couldn’t claw back into it. They managed to score one goal in the second and that was it. Some skaters put a decent amount of shots on goal, but it wasn’t enough. Playing from behind early on didn’t help and their penalty kill, killed team. They won the faceoff matchup and scored one power play goal, but couldn’t sustain a good offensive flow because they played on their heels and Tampa Bay is just more talented. It was the first time in awhile that Florida struggled offensively and they will definitely get the goals back against a Red Wings team that gives up plenty of goals. Look for them to clean up the penalty kill and score throughout the game.
NHL Scores Detroit Red Wings vs Florida Panthers
So, who will win this Original Six vs Florida matchup? The Red Wings don’t have much going for them this season and right now, they seem to score one goal in every other game. Detroit is 3-7 against the Atlantic. The goaltending and defense hasn’t been very sharp. Bertuzzi does most of the work for the Red Wings and their other 10 plus goal scorer, Anthony Mantha, is out for at least a month. The scoring will now be even worse than it already is. The Panthers just had one of their worst games in awhile and they can’t wait to get their playing style back on track at home. Florida will get back to a high goal total and their power play has been very productive. Detroit will have a better start, but the Panthers will take control in the second period. Panthers win 4-1.