Two of the hottest NHL teams from the hottest climates meet on Friday night as the Anaheim Ducks (9-7-0), fourth in the NHL standings for the Pacific Division, host the Florida Panthers (10-5-1), second in the Atlantic Division. Florida has won five of its last six NHL games, but is coming off of a 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.
Panthers vs Ducks Picks
- Pick: Florida Panthers -155.
Anthony Stolarz (2.71 GAA, .892 save percentage) is expected to get the start in goal for the Panthers after Sergei Bobrovsky started last night against the Los Angeles Kings. John Gibson (2.19 GAA, .927 save percentage) is the projected starter for the Ducks. Let’s take a closer look at the Panthers vs. Ducks betting analysis.
Florida Panthers vs Anaheim Ducks Odds
Panthers vs Ducks Information
Florida Panthers vs Anaheim Ducks
Location of the game: Honda Center in Anaheim, California
Date & Time: Friday, November 17 at 10 p.m. ET
How to Watch: ESPN+
Florida Panthers vs Anaheim Ducks Recent Scores
The Panthers put forth a fine effort last night in Los Angeles but were on the losing end of a 2-1 decision. Sam Reinhart scored the team’s lone goal, while Bobrovsky stopped 25 shots. Florida outshot the Kings 31-27 in their first game of three on the NHL schedule for their West Coast road trip.
Anaheim, meanwhile, is coming off of an 8-2 drubbing at the hands of the Colorado Avalanche. They had won eight of their last 10 games before that result, despite being among the NHL picks to finish near the bottom of the standings.
Florida Panthers vs Anaheim Ducks Betting Analysis
The Panthers’ Offense Starting to Click
Until last night’s game, in which they scored just once, the Florida Panthers had scored four or more goals in five consecutive games, getting contributions from up and down the lineup. They improved their goals scored per game to 3.13, 19th in the league, and an average of 33.8 shots, which is fourth in the league. They’re a top-10 team in shots and goals allowed. Their penalty kill and power-play, however, rank 24th and 23rd, respectively.
Reinhart leads the Panthers in NHL player stats with 24 points (13 goals, 11 assists), while Aleksander Barkov and captain Matthew Tkachuk are tied for second with 17 points.
Ducks’ Young Guns Playing Well
While Trevor Zegras has had an extremely disappointing start to his season after signing an off-season extension (he has just two points in 12 games), the Ducks’ other young stars have stepped up. At 20, Mason McTavish leads the team with 16 points (7 goals, 9 assists), while rookie Leo Carlsson adds eight points (6 goals, 2 assists) in 11 games.
Still, it has been tough to make Anaheim Ducks predictions as their overall NHL stats aren’t that impressive, yet they’re two games over .500. The Ducks rank in the league’s bottom 10 for shots and shots allowed, and their high penalty minutes strain their penalty kill.
Defensemen Brandon Montour and Aaron Ekblad are on the NHL injury report for the Panthers. Both sidelined this season, they might return during the Panthers’ three-game road trip, adding depth to the lineup.
Zegras and Jamie Drysdale are out for the Anaheim Ducks. They’re two impact players whose absences affect the Panthers vs. Ducks betting analysis.
Florida Panthers vs Anaheim Ducks Betting Preview
The Florida Panthers odds for the Panthers vs. Ducks betting analysis are -155 for the moneyline and -1.5 (+147) for the puck line NHL odds. The Ducks are betting underdogs with +127 moneyline and +1.5 (-183) puck line odds. The over/under is 6.5.
Florida Panthers vs Anaheim Ducks Betting Prediction
- Pick: Florida Panthers -155.
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