Florida Panthers at Vegas Golden Knights - 3/17/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Florida Panthers at Vegas Golden Knights - 3/17/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Vegas Golden Knights (32-26-4) vs Florida Panthers (41-13-6)

Game Info: Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 10:30 pm (T-Mobile Arena)

Betting Odds: Vegas Golden Knights -108 / Florida Panthers -111 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Vegas Golden Knights host the Florida Panthers in Thursday NHL Action.

The Florida Panthers come into this road contest with an overall record of 41-13-6. Through 60 games, the Panthers are 1st in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 248 times, good for a rank of 1st among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Florida is the 13th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.85 goals per game. So far, the Panthers have a strength of schedule rating of 15th 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 Vegas Golden Knights get set to host the Florida Panthers with an overall record of 32-26-4. This mark places them 4th in the Pacific division. Through 62 games, the Golden Knights have scored 195 goals, giving them an average of 3.08. This output gives them a rank of 13th among NHL teams. On defense, Vegas is the 18th ranked unit, giving up 3.05 goals per contest. So far, the Golden Knights have played the 16th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Vegas's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 15th in the NHL.

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Through 60 games, the Florida Panthers' leading goal scorer is Aleksander Barkov. With his 34 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 60. On the season, he is turning 17.2% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Panthers have benefited from the strong play of Jonathan Huberdeau, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Florida's 60 games, he has come up with 19 goals on a shooting percentage of 11.6%. 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 2.57 goals per game. In his 41 games played, he has turned in 25 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 56 games, the Vegas Golden Knights' goal and overall scoring leader is Jonathan Marchessault, with 47 points. He has reached his mark of 25 goals, on a shooting percentage of 13.4%. So far, 20.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Chandler Stephenson, who has 31 assists to go along with his 14 goals. However, when on the ice, the Golden Knights are -1 in scoring differential. Vegas's top goalie is Robin Lehner, who is giving up an average of 2.77 goals per game. In his 38 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 45 percent of the time.

On the season, the Vegas Golden Knights have a per-game scoring differential of 0.08 compared to the Panthers at +1.22. The Vegas Golden Knights come into this game having lost each of their last five games. During this stretch, Vegas has scored 11 goals, accounting for 32.0% of the scoring in these contests. If the Golden Knights hope to break out of their slump, they need to pick up their offensive play. During this stretch, they have outscored their average of 3.05 goals, just 1 time. Look for the Golden Knights to struggle vs. a Panthers unit that has been firing on all cylinders. I recommend taking Florida to pick up the win.

 

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