Calgary Flames at Florida Panthers Free Preview 3/1/20

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The Calgary Flames, spearheaded by Matthew Tkachuk and Johnny Gaudreau, are set to take the ice against Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov, and the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center in an East-West showdown. The match will get started at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 1, and you can catch it live on Fox SportsNet Florida.

Calgary Flames at Florida Panthers Odds

This matchup’s moneyline and Over/Under odds have not been posted by bookmakers yet.

Producing -0.6 units for moneyline bettors, Florida is 33-32 straight up (SU) overall in the 2019-20 season. That early-season winning percentage is a welcomed improvement compared to how the team performed during last year’s regular season (36-46). Of the team’s 65 games this season, 38 have gone over the total, while 23 have gone under and just three have pushed. The team is 16-16 SU at home this season.

The Panthers have converted on 21.8 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s good enough for ninth-best in the NHL. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 20th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 78.5 percent of all penalties.

Averaging 27.1 saves per game with a .900 save percentage, Sergei Bobrovsky (24-26-6) has been the best goalkeeper for the Panthers this year. Bobrovsky did just play yesterday, however, so head coach Joel Quenneville could decide to give him a breather and roll with Sam Montembeault instead (5-8-8 record, .890 save percentage, 3.37 goals against average).

Calgary has lost 6.5 units for moneyline bettors this year and is currently 33-33 straight up (SU). Through 66 regular season matches, 32 of its games have gone over the total, while 28 have gone under the total and just five have pushed. The Flames are 19-17 SU as the visiting team this season.

The Flames have converted on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 10th overall and it’s successfully killed off 81.9 percent of all opponent power plays.

David Rittich (27.9 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Calgary. Rittich has 24 wins, 23 losses, and six overtime losses to his credit, while registering a .907 save percentage and 2.94 goals against average this year.

Calgary Flames vs. Florida Panthers Betting Predictions

NHL Prediction: SU Winner – Panthers, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • The Panthers are 3-4 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Flames are 6-1 in shootouts.
  • For both of these clubs, the over has hit in three of their past five matchups.
  • Seven of Calgary’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 5-2 in those games.
  • Calgary skaters notched 16.3 hits per game last season, while the Panthers forced 23.2 hits per matchup.