Edmonton Oilers at Florida Panthers - 2/26/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Edmonton Oilers at Florida Panthers - 2/26/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Panthers (35-12-5) vs Edmonton Oilers (28-20-3)

Game Info: Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 12:30 pm (FLA Live Arena)

Betting Odds: Florida Panthers -175 / Edmonton Oilers +145 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Florida Panthers host the Edmonton Oilers in Saturday NHL Action.

The Edmonton Oilers come into this road contest with an overall record of 28-20-3. Through 51 games, the Oilers are 4th in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 171 times, good for a rank of 11th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Edmonton is the 23rd ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.25 goals per game. So far, the Oilers have a strength of schedule rating of 20th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 16th ranked team in the NHL.

The Florida Panthers get set to host the Edmonton Oilers with an overall record of 35-12-5. This mark places them 1st in the Atlantic division. Through 52 games, the Panthers have scored 215 goals, giving them an average of 4.1. This output gives them a rank of 1st among NHL teams. On defense, Florida is the 19th ranked unit, giving up 2.96 goals per contest. So far, the Panthers have played the 8th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Florida's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 1st in the NHL.

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Through 51 games, the Edmonton Oilers goal and overall scoring leader is Leon Draisaitl, with 73 points. He has reached his mark of 35 goals, on a shooting percentage of 19.9%. So far, 40.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Connor McDavid, who has 45 assists to go along with his 28 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +10. Edmonton's top goalie is Mikko Koskinen, who is giving up an average of 3.13 goals per game.

Coming into this game, the Florida Panther's leader in points is Jonathan Huberdeau. In Florida's 52 games, he has come up with 18 goals and 56 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 12.6%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Aleksander Barkov. Of his 23 goals, 26.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +24. Florida's top goalie is Sergei Bobrovsky, who is giving up an average of 2.58 goals per game. In his 36 games played, he has turned in 21 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Florida's 52 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 29-21. So far, the Panthers have been a good bet at home as they have covered in 15 of their 26 games at BB&T Center. On the season, the Florida Panthers have a per-game scoring differential 1.12. Even when playing at home, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.38 goals. Heading into their game with the Edmonton Oilers, the Panthers have a 3-2 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 21 goals, accounting for 54.0% of the overall scoring. Over this stretch, the team has surpassed their season average of 2.96 goals per game, in three games. Look for the Panthers to continue their hot play with a win over Edmonton.

 

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