Florida Panthers vs. Detroit Red Wings Matchup Preview

Little Caesars Arena is playing host a divisional clash as the Florida Panthers travel to Motor City to meet the Detroit Red Wings. The action gets started at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday, December 11, and you are able to watch it live on Fox Sports Detroit.

Florida Panthers at Detroit Red Wings Odds

With a -125 moneyline, Detroit enters the contest as the favorite. The line for Florida sits at +105, and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals (-115 for the over, -105 for the under). The Red Wings are 11-18 straight up (SU) and have lost 7.2 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage is fairly close to the 33-49 record the team produced during the 2016-17 season campaign. Of its 29 games this season, 16 have gone over the total, while 13 have gone under and none have pushed. The teams 5-10 SU at home this season. Detroit’s been able to convert on 20.7 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s good enough for 10th-best in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked seventh overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.5 percent of all penalties. Detroit, as a collective unit, has been penalized 4.2 times per game overall this season, and 3.4 per game over its last ten games. The team has had to kill penalties for just 6.8 minutes per game over its last 10 matchups, overall. Averaging 25.1 saves per game with a .905 save percentage, Jimmy Howard (9-15-4) has been the best goalkeeper for the Red Wings this year. If head coach Jeff Blashill decides to give him a rest, however, the Wings could go with Petr Mrazek (2-8-8 record, .888 save percentage, 3.72 goals against average). Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha will both be focal points for the Red Wings. Larkin (23 points) has tallied four goals and 19 assists and has recorded two or more points in four different games this year. Mantha has 12 goals and 10 assists to his credit and has notched at least one point in 12 games. On the other side of the rink, Florida is 11-18 straight up (SU) and has lost 7.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. A total of 16 of its games have gone over the total, while 13 have gone under and none have pushed. Florida’s 5-9 SU as the away team this season. Florida has converted on just 17.2 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that places it in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 27th overall and it’s successfully killed off 76.8 percent of all opponent power plays. Florida’s players have been penalized 4.3 times per game this season, and 5.0 per game over their last five road outings. The teams been forced to kill penalties 11.8 minutes per game over their last five road outings. Roberto Luongo (2.62 goals against average and .928 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Florida. Luongo is averaging 31.7 saves per game and has six wins, nine losses, and two overtime losses to his credit. For the visiting Panthers, the offense will run through Jonathan Huberdeau (nine goals, 22 assists) and Vincent Trocheck (12 goals, 18 assists).

Florida Panthers at Detroit Red Wings Free Picks

Predictions: SU Winner – Red Wings, O/U – Over

Betting Notes

  • Two of Florida’s last ten games have gone to a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 2-2 overall in shootouts this season.
  • The total has gone over in four of Detroit’s last five outings.
  • The Panthers have averaged the leagues second-most shots on goal (35.3) and Detroit has attempted just the 22nd-most (30.8).
  • Seven of Detroit’s last ten outings have been decided by two or more goals, and the team is 2-5 overall in those games.