Minnesota Wild vs. Florida Panthers - 1/20/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Florida Panthers (26-16-5) at Minnesota Wild (22-20-6)
NHL Hockey: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild -119 / Florida Panthers +108 --- Over/Under: 6
The Florida Panthers and Minnesota Wild meet Monday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Florida Panthers look for another win to build on their four-game winning streak. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 24.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Evgenii Dadonov leads Florida with 20 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 44 assists and Mike Hoffman has 125 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 77.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 104 goals on 999 shots faced and Chris Driedger has allowed 18 goals on 265 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or less goals in six of their last eight games.
The Minnesota Wild need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 18.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 17 goals, Ryan Suter has 24 assists and Eric Staal has 86 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 75.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 69 goals on 636 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 63 goals on 650 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed two or less goals in four of their last eight games.
The Panthers are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference, 11-3 in their last 14 Monday games and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The Wild are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Atlantic. The under is 4-1 in Panthers last 5 road games. The under is 7-2-1 in Wild last 10 home games. The Panthers are 1-10 in the last 11 meetings in Minnesota and 6-18 in the last 24 meetings. The favorite is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings. The home team is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings. The over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Minnesota Wild have won seven of the last 10 meetings against the Panthers, but they're not in a position to be favored given losses in six of their last nine and an offense that can't help out an improved defense lately. The Florida Panthers are finally putting together consistent hockey and the defense has stepped up despite injuries to their goaltending. The Panthers cant afford to cool off if they hope to keep chipping away in the playoff standings. I'll take the hotter team and the plus money. You can never go wrong in spots like this.