Panthers vs Devils Prediction - NHL Picks 10/16/23

New Jersey Devils (1-0-1) vs Florida Panthers (0-2)

Game Info: Monday, October 16, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)

Betting Odds: New Jersey Devils -188 / Florida Panthers +155 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Florida Panthers will play the New Jersey Devils on Monday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Florida has started the season with two straight losses, while New Jersey has won one game and lost one game. 

Panthers Preview

The Florida Panthers are 0-2-0 this season after they lost to the Winnipeg Jets by a score of 6-4 in their last game. Florida took a 2-1 lead in the second period, but Winnipeg responded by scoring the next four goals to take a 5-2 lead. Florida cut the lead to 5-4, but allowed an empty net goal for the loss. The Panthers were out shot by a total of 35-33 and went 1-7 on the power play in the game. Florida only won 39.7% of the face-offs and recorded 14 hits. Florida lost their first game of the year against Minnesota by a score of 2-0. The Florida Panthers are scoring 2.00 goals per game and they are giving up 4.00 goals against per game, while going 10% on the power play and 70% on the penalty kill this season. Evan Rodriguez has two goals, two assists, and nine shots on goal for the Panthers this year. The projected starting goalie for Florida is Sergei Bobrovski, who is 0-2-0 this season with a 2.09 goals against average and an .873 save percentage. 

Devils Preview

The New Jersey Devils are 1-0-1 this year after they lost to the Arizona Coyotes by a score of 4-3 in a shootout in their last game. New Jersey trailed 2-0 in the second period, but they scored three goals in a row and took a 3-2 lead into the third period, before Arizona tied it up and won in a shootout. The Devils out shot Arizona by a total of 36-33 and went 2-5 on the power play in the loss. New Jersey won their first game of the season against the Red Wings by a score of 4-3. The New Jersey Devils are scoring 3.50 goals per game and they are allowing 3.00 goals against per game, while going 27.3% on the power play and 63.6% on the penalty kill. Jack Hughes has led the Devils this season with two goals, three assists, and 10 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for New Jersey is Vitek Vanecek, who is 1-0-0 this season with a 3.00 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. 

New Jersey Devils Team Facts

  • The Devils have lost four of their last seven games as favorites against opponents on a losing streak.
  • The Devils have covered the puck line in seven of their last eight night games at Prudential Center after coming off a shootout.
  • The Devils have won the second period in four of their last five night games at Prudential Center.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 2' market has hit in each of the Devils' last nine night games.

Florida Panthers Team Facts

  • The home team has won eight of the Panthers' last nine games.
  • The Panthers have failed to cover the puck line in seven of their last eight night games.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 2' market has hit in each of the Panthers' last six games at Prudential Center.
  • The Panthers have lost the second period in each of their last five games as underdogs.

New Jersey Devils Player Prop Facts

  • Jack Hughes has scored at least one goal in four of the Devils' last five games against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • Colin Miller has recorded a point in each of his last four appearances against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Ondrej Palat has recorded an assist in three of the Devils' last four games against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • Erik Haula ranks T1st in the league for Game Winning Goals (1) this season.

Florida Panthers Player Prop Facts

  • Matthew Tkachuk has scored the last goal in three of the Panthers' last four games against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Matthew Tkachuk has scored at least one goal in three of the Panthers' last four games against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Aleksander Barkov has recorded at least one point in seven of his last eight appearances against the Devils.
  • Dmitry Kulikov has recorded an assist in three of his last four appearances against former teams.
  • Carter Verhaeghe has the highest Plus/Minus for the Panthers this season (+3).

Matchup/League Facts

  • The New Jersey Devils ranks T1st in the league in short handed goals allowed this season (0).
  • The New Jersey Devils ranks 1st in the league for goals in Period 2 per game this season (2.50).
  • The Florida Panthers ranks T4th in the league for opponent goals in Period 3 per game this season (1.00).
  • The Florida Panthers ranks 5th in the league in penalty minutes this season (31).

Pick

Florida comes into this game looking for their first win of the season, while New Jersey will look to get back on the winning track. The Devils will play their third home game of the season, but they are coming off of a surprising loss to Arizona. New Jersey needs to tighten things up defensively, as they have allowed quite a few scoring chances to Detroit and Arizona. I think Florida will be able to generate scoring chances as well, and I like the Panthers to get the win here. 

David’s Pick Panthers ML

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