Florida Panthers at Carolina Hurricanes - 2/16/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Carolina Hurricanes (32-11-3) vs Florida Panthers (32-10-5)

Game Info: Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 7:30 pm (PNC Arena)

Betting Odds: Carolina Hurricanes +130 / Florida Panthers +160 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Carolina Hurricanes host the Florida Panthers in Wednesday NHL Action

The Florida Panthers come into this road contest with an overall record of 32-10-5. Through 47 games, the Panthers are 1st in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 194 times, good for a rank of 1st among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Florida is the 16th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.89 goals per game. So far, the Panthers have a strength of schedule rating of 14th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 1st ranked team in the NHL.

The Carolina Hurricanes get set to host the Florida Panthers with an overall record of 32-11-3. This mark places them 2nd in the Metropolitan division. Through 46 games, the Hurricanes have scored 161 goals, giving them an average of 3.48. This output gives them a rank of 10th among NHL teams. On defense, Carolina is the 2nd ranked unit, giving up 2.37 goals per contest. So far, the Hurricanes have played the 27th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Carolina's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 3rd in the NHL.

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Coming into this game, the Florida Panther's leader in points is Jonathan Huberdeau. In his team's 47 games, he has come up with 17 goals and 47 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 13.2%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +19. Florida's top overall goal scorer is Sam Bennett. Of his 21 goals, 24.0% have come during power play time. Florida's top goalie is Sergei Bobrovsky, who is giving up an average of 2.56 goals per game. In his 32 games played, he has turned in 18 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 43 games, the Carolina Hurricanes' goal and overall scoring leader is Sebastian Aho, with 48 points. He has reached his mark of 21 goals, on a shooting percentage of 16.5%. So far, 43.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Andrei Svechnikov, who has 24 assists to go along with his 20 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +12.0. Carolina's top goalie is Frederik Andersen, who is giving up an average of 2.04 goals per game. In his 33 games played, he has turned in 19 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Florida's 47 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 30-15. On the season, the Florida Panthers have a per-game scoring differential of 1.17. Even when playing on the road, Florida has a positive averaging scoring margin at +.05. Heading into their game with the Carolina Hurricanes, the Panthers have a 4-1 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 24 goals, accounting for 59.0% of the overall scoring. Look for Florida to pick up the win and cover the spread vs Carolina.

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Joe’s Pick Panthers +160

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