Florida Panthers at Minnesota Wild - 2/18/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Florida Panthers at Minnesota Wild - 2/18/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild (30-12-3) vs Florida Panthers (33-10-5)

Game Info: Friday, February 18, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

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

The Minnesota Wild host the Florida Panthers in Friday NHL Action

The Florida Panthers come into this road contest with an overall record of 33-10-5. Through 48 games, the Panthers are 1st in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 197 times, placing them 1st among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Florida is the 16th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.88 goals per game. So far, the Panthers have a strength of schedule rating of 9th 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 Minnesota Wild get set to host the Florida Panthers with an overall record of 30-12-3. This mark places them 2nd in the Central division. Through 45 games, the Wild have scored 174 goals, giving them an average of 3.78. This output gives them a rank of 3rd among NHL teams. On defense, Minnesota is the 9th ranked unit, giving up 2.91 goals per contest. So far, the Wild have played the 24th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Minnesota's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 6th in the NHL.

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Coming into this game, the Florida Panthers' leader in points is Jonathan Huberdeau. In his team's 48 games, he has come up with 17 goals and 49 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 12.9%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +21. The team's top overall goal scorer is Aleksander Barkov. Of his 22 goals, 27.0% have come during power play time. Florida's top goalie is Sergei Bobrovsky, who is giving up an average of 2.54 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.

Through 44 games, the Minnesota Wild's goal and overall scoring leader is Kirill Kaprizov, with 59 points. He has reached his mark of 22 goals, on a shooting percentage of 13.6%. So far, 14% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mats Zuccarello, who has 33 assists to go along with his 15 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +23. Minnesota's top goalie is Cam Talbot, who is giving up an average of 2.86 goals per game. In his 29 games played, he has turned in 18 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Florida's 48 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 31-15. Even though the team has covered the spread in more than half their games, their ATS record on the road is just 9-12. On the season, the Florida Panthers have a per-game scoring differential of 1.17. Even when playing on the road, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.09 goals. Heading into their game with the Minnesota Wild, the Panthers have a 4-1 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 22 goals, accounting for 58% of the overall scoring. Look for the Panthers to stay hot and pick up a win over the Wild.

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Joe’s Pick Panthers +160

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