In their final head-to-head matchup of the regular season, the Edmonton Oilers and the Florida Panthers take the ice at the BB&T Center in an East-West tilt. This one will get underway at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 17 and it can be viewed live on Sportsnet West.
Edmonton Oilers vs. Florida Panthers Odds
With a moneyline of -180, Florida enters the game as the heavy favorite. The line for Edmonton sits at +160 and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals (-105 for the over, -115 for the under).
Florida is 35-33 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 1.1 units this season. That early-season winning percentage is a welcome improvement over the 35-47 record from last years regular season campaign. Among the teams 68 games this season, 35 have gone over the total, while 33 have gone under and none have pushed. This year, the teams 22-13 SU at home.
The Panthers have converted on 20.2 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 16th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 80.5 percent of all penalties.
As a team, the Panthers have been penalized 4.3 times per game overall this season, and 3.7 per game over their past ten outings. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays for 11.4 minutes per game over their last five home outings.
Averaging 28.2 saves per game with a .910 save percentage, James Reimer (17 wins, 20 losses, and five OT losses) has been the best option in goal for Florida this year. If head coach Bob Boughner chooses to rest him, however, the team might turn to Roberto Luongo (14-12-12 record, .926 save percentage, 2.61 goals against average).
Aleksander Barkov and Vincent Trocheck will both be offensive focal points for the Panthers. Barkov (70 points) has put up 25 goals and 45 assists and has recorded two or more points on 20 different occasions this year. Trocheck has 27 goals and 38 assists to his credit and has notched a point in 45 games.
On the other side of the ice, Edmonton is 30-40 straight up (SU) and has lost 17.4 units for moneyline bettors thus far. A total of 34 of its matches have gone under the total, while 33 have gone over and just three have pushed. The Oilers are 14-20 SU as the road team this season.
The Oilers have converted on just 14.9 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that places them in the bottom- overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 31st overall and it’s successfully killed off 74.6 percent of all penalties.
Edmonton’s players have been called for penalties 3.7 times per game in total this season, 3.2 per game over their last five games total, and 3.2 per game over their last five games as the visiting team. The teams had to kill penalties just 7.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Cam Talbot (27.4 saves per game) has been the primary choice in the net for Edmonton. Talbot owns a 26-30-2 record, while registering a .907 save percentage and 3.00 goals against average this year.
For the visiting Oilers, the offense will be coordinated by Connor McDavid, who has 53 assists and 33 goals on the year.
Edmonton Oilers vs. Florida Panthers Free Picks
Prediction: SU Winner – Panthers, O/U – Under
- Two of Edmonton’s last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 2-0 in those games and 4-1 overall in shootouts this season.
- The total has gone over in three of Florida’s last five games.
- Two offenses that fire the puck on goal a lot, Edmonton has attempted the leagues seventh-most shots on goal (33.7) and Florida has attempted the third-most (34.3).
- Five of Florida’s last ten contests have been decided by two or more goals, and the team is 4-1 overall in those games.
- Edmonton skaters have accounted for the leagues second-most hits per game (27.2), but that numbers down to just 21.6 hits over their last five away games.