Getting their final regular season head-to-head meeting out of the way early in the year, the Florida Panthers and the Anaheim Ducks collide at the Honda Center in an East-West tilt. The match gets going at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 19, and youll be able to watch it live on Fox SportsNet Florida.
Florida Panthers vs. Anaheim Ducks Odds
Anaheim is 8-10 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.1 units for moneyline bettors thus far. That early-season winning percentage is a big slide from what the team managed during the 2016-17 season (46-36). 10 of its 18 games have gone under the total, while eight have gone over and none have pushed. The teams 5-7 SU at home so far this year.
The Ducks have converted on just 14.8 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that puts them in the bottom-5 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated fourth overall, and theyve successfully killed off 85.5 percent of all penalties.
The Ducks, as a collective unit, have been penalized 4.9 times per game overall this season, and 3.9 per game over their last ten outings. The teams had to kill penalties for 8.7 minutes per game over their last 10 matchups, in total.
Averaging 29.9 saves per game with a .920 save percentage, John Gibson (6-9-2) has been the primary goalkeeper for the Ducks this season. If Anaheim chooses to give him the night off, however, head coach Randy Carlyle might go with Ryan Miller (2-2-2 record, .943 save percentage, 1.87 goals against average).
The Ducks will continue looking for offensive production from Rickard Rakell and Corey Perry. Rakell (15 points) has produced six goals and nine assists and has recorded two or more points four times this year. Perry has three goals and nine assists to his credit and has notched at least one point in six contests.
Florida is 7-12 straight up (SU) and has lost 4.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. Through 19 regular season contests, 12 of its games have gone over the total, while six have gone under and none have pushed. The Panthers are 3-7 SU as the away team this season.
The Panthers have converted on just 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 29th overall and its successfully killed off 73.8 percent of all penalties.
Floridas players have been called for penalties 4.5 times per game in total this season, and 3.4 per game over their last five outings. The team has had to kill penalties just 8.0 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Roberto Luongo (.927 save percentage and 2.74 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Florida. Luongo is averaging 34.1 saves per game and has four wins, five losses, and one OT loss to his credit.
Jonathan Huberdeau (seven goals, 14 assists) has been one of the top playmaking threats for the visiting Panthers.
Florida Panthers vs. Anaheim Ducks Free Picks
Predictions: SU Winner – Panthers, O/U – Over
- Over Floridas last ten games, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 2-4 in those games).
- The extra-man advantage may play a critical role in this game. The Panthers are 2-6 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 2-7 in games where they serve fewer than 10 penalty minutes, in total. The Ducks are 1-4 when the team serves fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 3-5 in games where their penalty minutes are in the single digits.
- Florida is 1-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Anaheim is 1-1 in shootouts.
- The total has gone under in three of Anaheims last five outings.
- Anaheim is ranked 24th this season with 11.4 giveaways per game. That figure has regressed, as its averaged 12.8 giveaways over its last 10 games and 14.6 giveaways over its last five.
- Florida has averaged 8.6 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 12.7 giveaways per game (ranked 27th).
- The Ducks this season have recorded the seventh-most hits in the NHL (24.4 per game).