Florida Panthers at Chicago Blackhawks

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In a Central Division battle, the Florida Panthers will go on the road and take on the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. These two teams have played each other five times this season with Florida winning four out of the five games. Florida has a record of 20-8-4. Chicago has a record of 15-13-5.

Panthers Lose Two Straight Games

The Florida Panthers are coming off back-to-back losses. Their last game was a 3-2 loss against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday. Anton Stralman and Alex Wennberg each scored a goal. Chris Driedger stopped 29 out of 32 shots faced.

Despite losing two straight games, offense has been clicking all season for the Panthers. They have scored three goals or more in six out of their last 10 games. The team is seventh in goals per game, second in shots per game, 18th in shooting %, and eighth in scoring efficiency ratio. It has been a very balanced effort on offense for Florida. Ten players have double digit points on the season. Aleksander Barkov leads the team with 37 points. He is tied for eighth in points in the NHL. Barkov will miss tonight’s game due to a lower body injury. Not far behind him is Jonathan Huberdeau with 36 points on the season.

Goaltending has been mediocre for Florida this season. They have given up three goals or more in five out of their last nine games. Chris Driedger has outplayed Sergei Bobrovski in net. Driedger has a record of 8-4-2 with a 2.28 GAA and a .923 SV%. Bobrovski has a record of 12-4-2 with a 2.97 GAA and a .903 SV%. The team ranks 14th in goals against per game, 18th in shots against per game, and 11th in opponent shooting % and save %.

Blackhawks End Losing Streak

The Blackhawks ended their four game losing streak by defeating the Florida Panthers 3-2 in their last game. Patrick Kane had two assists. Pius Suter, Dominik Kubalik, and Carl Soderberg each scored a goal. Kevin Lankinen stopped 33 out of 35 shots faced.

The Blackhawks have been inconsistent on offense lately. They have scored two goals or less in five out of the last 10 games. They rank 16th in goals per game, 19th in shots per game and scoring efficiency ratio, and 14th in shooting %. Patrick Kane is third in points and assists in the league.

Defense and goaltending are a problem for the Hawks recently. They have given up four goals or more in six out of the last eight games. The team ranks 25th in goals against per game, last in shots against per game, and 18th in opponent shooting % and save %. Kevin Lankinen has a record of 11-7-4 with a 2.83 GAA and a .915 SV%. He has given up three goals or more in seven out of his last 10 games.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

Goals per game, goals against per game, shots per game, shots against per game, opponent shooting %, scoring efficiency ratio, and save % all favor the Panthers in this contest. Offense has been clicking all season for the Panthers. They have scored three goals or more in six out of their last 10 games. The team is seventh in goals per game, second in shots per game, 18th in shooting %, and eighth in scoring efficiency ratio. Defense and goaltending are a problem for the Blackhawks lately. They have given up four goals or more in six out of the last eight games. The team ranks 25th in goals against per game, last in shots against per game, and 18th in opponent shooting % and save %. Florida is the better team and will win this game.

Prediction:
Florida Panthers (-135)

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

Offense has been clicking all season for the Panthers. They have scored three goals or more in six out of their last 10 games. The team is seventh in goals per game, second in shots per game, 18th in shooting %, and eighth in scoring efficiency ratio. Defense and goaltending are a problem for the Blackhawks lately. They have given up four goals or more in six out of the last eight games. The team ranks 25th in goals against per game, last in shots against per game, and 18th in opponent shooting % and save %. This will be a high scoring game. The over will hit in this matchup.

Prediction:
Over 5.5