The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.49 goals for per game, the 5th-highest number in the NHL, that number increases to 3.74 goals for per game at home. The Panthers are also allowing 3.33 goals against per game, which is 4th-highest average in the league. Florida is top-10 in important offensive categories: shots for, goals for and shooting percentage, while also maintaining a bottom-5 number in defensive categories such as goals against, high danger corsi against and save percentage. Matter fact, Florida’s .905% save percentage ranks 28th in the league and the 101 goals the Panthers have allowed on the year ranks 27th and we are sure more are to come tonight.
Vancouver ranks 11th in the NHL with a 3.26 goals for per game average and their 3.09 goals against average is the 15th-highest in the league. Allowing 32.7 shots against per game will not bode well in tonight’s matchup against Florida, who average 34 shots for per game at home and own the 7th-best shooting percentage (8.85%). The Canucks have allowed 1095 shots against so far this year, the 10th-most, and the 984 scoring chances against ranks 25th in the league. Vancouver will look to capitalize on high danger chances, they have scored on over 20% of those attempts, while Florida has given up 384 high danger corsi against on the year (10th-highest).
Special teams will play a factor, as it does in most games, but tonight we will see two of the most potent power play units in the NHL. Vancouver has scored on 25.5% of their 157 opportunities, which is good for the 4th-best PP unit. The 157 opportunities are second most to Colorado who leads the league with 160 man advantages. As Florida owns the NHL’s 23rd ranked penalty kill, we could see a lot of fireworks on special teams tonight – It will be difficult to keep Pettersson, Boeser and Quinn Hughes off the scoreboard if they are provided with multiple power play chances. The Florida Panthers have a dynamic power play of their own, 23.0%, which is the 8th-best unit and is quarterbacked by Keith Yandle and Aleksander Barkov.
The Florida Panthers have played to the over in 5 straight home games and are 14-8-3 to the over at home this year.
Vancouver has played to the over in three of their last four games overall, allowing an average of 4.25 goals against and scoring 4.00 goals for.
The last meeting between Florida and Vancouver ended as a 7-2 Canucks win on October 28th, 2019.
Take over the total amount of goals: Vancouver and Florida over 6.5.
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