Detroit Red Wings at Florida Panthers - 4/21/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Detroit Red Wings at Florida Panthers - 4/21/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Panthers (55-15-6) vs Detroit Red Wings (30-37-10)

Game Info: Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 7:00 pm (FLA Live Arena)

Betting Odds: Florida Panthers -599 / Detroit Red Wings +400 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Florida Panthers host the Detroit Red Wings in Thursday NHL Action.

The Detroit Red Wings come into this road contest with an overall record of 30-37-10. Through 77 games, the Red Wings are 5th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 218 times, good for a rank of 24th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Detroit is the 31st ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.79 goals per game. So far, the Red Wings have a strength of schedule rating of 7th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 29th-ranked team in the NHL.

The Florida Panthers get set to host the Detroit Red Wings with an overall record of 55-15-6. This mark places them 1st in the Atlantic division. Through 76 games, the Panthers have scored 320 goals, giving them an average of 4.17. This output gives them a rank of 1st among NHL teams.On defense, Florida is the 10th-ranked unit, giving up 2.84 goals per contest. So far, the Panthers have played the 31st 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 71 games, the Detroit Red Wings goal and overall scoring leader is Dylan Larkin with 69 points. He has reached his mark of 31 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.6%. So far, 19.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Tyler Bertuzzi, who has 29 assists to go along with his 27 goals. However, when on the ice, the Red Wings are -12.0 in scoring differential. Detroit's top goalie is Alex Nedeljkovic, who is giving up an average of 3.32 goals per game. In his 55 games played, he has turned in 26 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 76 games, Florida's leading goal scorer is Aleksander Barkov. With his 37 goals and 48 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 85. On the season, he is turning 18.4% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Panthers have benefited from the strong play of Jonathan Huberdeau, who is the teams overall leader in points. In Florida's 76 games, he has come up with 30 goals on a shooting percentage of 14.0%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +39. Florida's top goalie is Sergei Bobrovsky, who is giving up an average of 2.65 goals per game. In his 50 games played, he has turned in 30 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Detroit's 77 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 43-32-2. So far, taking the over when the Red Wings are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 20-16-1. On the season, 61.0% of Detroit's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 42.0% of the scoring coming from the Red Wings. In Florida's 76 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 44-28-4. So far, taking the over when the Panthers are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 26-10-2. On the season, 68.0% of Florida's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 59.0% of the scoring coming from the Panthers. Even though the Panthers come into this matchup as an excellent offensive unit, I don't see Detroit providing enough of a scoring punch to take this over 6.5 goals. I recommend taking the under.

 

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