The Florida Panthers (18-10-2) travel to face off against the Calgary Flames (12-14-5) on Monday, December 18th. This game will be played at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 9:30 ET.
Florida Panthers vs Calgary Flames
The Florida Panthers Are Coming Off A Win
Currently, the Panthers hold an overall record of 18-10-2 for the season. On the road, Florida has a 9-6-2 record, while they are 9-4-0 at their home venue. Their current record places them 3rd in the Eastern Atlantic division and 4th in the Eastern conference. This season, Florida’s average scoring margin is +.4, which has their puck line record at 15-15. Their average home scoring margin is +.5, and in road games, it stands at +.3.
The Panthers most recently took on the Oilers and secured a win with a score of 5-1. Against the Oilers, the Panthers’ offense scored in all three periods. Out of Florida’s five goals, one were scored during power plays. They concluded the game with 39 shots on goal and had seven giveaways.
Despite being the underdog, Florida managed to secure a win against the puck line in the game. The over/under line for the game was 7, and it concluded with a combined total of 6 goals.
The Calgary Flames Are Coming Off A Win
Coming into their game vs. Panthers, the Flames have a 12-14-5 record. They hold a 7-6-1 record when playing at home, and they have gone 5-8-4 on the road. This record has them sitting 4th in the Western Pacific division and 10th in the Western conference. Calgary’s average scoring difference this season sits at -0.5, which has contributed to their overall puck line record of 15-16. When playing at home, they have a scoring margin of -0.1, and on the road, it is -0.9.
In their recent matchup, the Flames hosted the Lightning and came away with a 4-2 victory. The first period saw the Flames being held without a goal, but they turned things around offensively by scoring three times in the second period and one goal in the third. In the game, Calgary managed to score all four goals at even strength. They concluded with 26 shots on goal and committed 16 turnovers.
Entering the game as the underdog, Calgary came away with a victory against the puck line. The game ended below the over/under line of 6.5, with a combined total of 6 goals.
Florida Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Panthers are averaging 3 goals per game which is 21st in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 3rd in the league. So far this year, the Panthers are 12-9 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 4-1 in games with fewer shots on goal.
The Panthers come in with an over/under record of 13-17-0. Over the course of the season, they have had 17 games failing to surpass the 6.5 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 5.6 per game.
Calgary Offense Breakdown
On the offensive side, the Flames are scoring an 3 goals per game this season, ranking 17th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 6th in the league. This season, the Flames have a 6-8 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 5-6 record.
The Flames come in with an over/under record of 18-12-1. Over the season, there have been 17 games that have surpassed the 6.5 over/under line. Their games, on average, are at 6.5 goals per game.
Florida Team Defense
Defensively, the Panthers are currently 28th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 27.1 shots per game against Florida. They also are 13th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Calgary Team Defense
Entering the game, the Flames’ defense ranks 12th in takeaways, averaging 6.7 takeaways per contest. In the NHL, they currently stand at 19th in terms of goals allowed, giving up an average of 3.2 goals per game.
Panthers vs Flames Trends
- In their last three games away from home, the Panthers have a straight up record of 1-2 while going 1-2 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 1 goals per game in these contests.
- Across their last three home contests, Calgary has a 3-0 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 0-3, while averaging 3 goals per game.
- The last ten games that Calgary was the underdog, they have an puck line mark of 8-2 while going 5-5 straight up.
- Across their last five matchups as the betting favorite, the Panthers have an overall record of 3-2 while going 2-3 against the spread.
If you’re looking for a moneyline pick, my choice is the Panthers to take down the Flames on the road. With the moneyline currently at -132, I’m placing my bet on the Panthers straight-up.
If you’re looking for my recommendation on the puck line, I suggest taking the Flames to cover. Even if the Panthers manage to win outright, this game is expected to remain competitive, and the Flames should cover the puck line.
If you’re looking at the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our prediction is that this game will exceed that mark, and we strongly advise placing a bet on the over.
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