The Florida Panthers (17-9-2) travel to face off against the Vancouver Canucks (19-9-1) on Thursday, December 14th. This game will be played at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The Canucks are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Panthers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Kraken. Puck drop is set for 10:00 ET.
Florida Panthers vs Vancouver Canucks
The Florida Panthers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
This season, the Panthers currently hold an overall record of 17-9-2. When playing on the road, Florida has a 8-5-2 record, while they are 9-4-0 at home. At the moment, they hold the 2nd spot in the Eastern Atlantic division and are ranked 3rd in the Eastern conference. This season, Florida has managed to win 10 games by a margin of more than one goal while losing seven games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record for the season is 14-14.
Following a 4-0 loss on the road to the Kraken, the Panthers are eager to bounce back. Florida couldn’t crack the Kraken defense, and didn’t score a single goal. During the game, the Panthers’ offense had 0 turnovers and took 24 shots on goal while being shutout.
In this game, Florida was favored by -1.5, but they suffered a loss against the puck line. With a combined total of 4 goals, the game concluded below the over/under line of 6.
The Vancouver Canucks Are Coming Off A Win
Through 29 games, the Canucks have achieved an overall record of 19-9-1. When on the road, Vancouver holds a 8-6-0 record, while they are 11-3-1 when playing at home. In the Western Pacific division, they are currently 2nd, and in the Western conference, they come into the game sitting 2nd. Vancouver’s average scoring margin this season is +1.3, leading to an overall puck line record of 20-9. At their home arena, they have a scoring margin of +1.7, while on the road, it is +.8.
In their last game, the Canucks were the hosts against the Lightning, and they came away with a 4-1 win. Facing off against the Lightning’s defense, the Canucks offense scored in all three periods. Of Vancouver’s four goals, one came while in power play. They ended the game with 22 shots on goal and had 10 giveaways.
Vancouver also picked up a win against the puck line, coming into the game favored by -1.5. Combining for 5 goals, the game finished below the over/under line of 6.5.
Florida Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Panthers are averaging 3 goals per game this season, putting them in the 21st spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 3rd in the league. The Panthers went 12-8 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 4-1.
The Panthers come in with an over/under record of 13-15-0. Over the course of the season, they have had 14 games failing to surpass the 6 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 5.6 per game.
Vancouver Offense Breakdown
The Canucks come into the game scoring an average of 3.8 goals per game, putting them 1st in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 24th in the league. This year, the Canucks have recorded a 9-4 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have 9-5 record.
This season, the over/under record for the Canucks’ is 17-10-2. Over the course of the season, they have had 19 games that exceeded the over/under line of 6. On average, their games are averaging 6.4 goals per game.
Florida Team Defense
The Panthers defense is currently 28th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 27 shots per game against Florida. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 10th with 2 shutouts.
Vancouver Team Defense
The Canucks defense is currently 13th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 29.8 shots per game against Vancouver. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 5th with 3 shutouts.
Panthers vs Canucks Trends
- The Panthers are 4-1 puck line in their last road games and 3-2 straight-up.
- Across their last three home contests, Vancouver has been good against the puck line posting a mark of 2-1. Their overall mark in these games was 2-1, while averaging 4 goals per game.
- Going back to their last five games as the underdog, the Canucks have a straight up record of 2-3. But, their mark vs the puck line was just 2-3.
- Florida has done well both straight up and vs the puck line when favored to win the game, going 2-1 SU and 2-1 puck line in their last three games.
When making a moneyline pick, my choice is the Panthers to come out with a win against the Canucks while playing on the road. Considering the moneyline odds at -118, I’m placing my bet on the Panthers to win outright.
If you’re looking for a puck line bet, I’d suggest going with the Canucks to cover. Even in the event of a Panthers victory, this game is expected to be closely fought, and the Canucks should cover the puck line.
If you’re looking at the over/under line set at 6 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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