Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov, and the Florida Panthers will do battle against Bo Horvat, Elias Pettersson, and the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena in a cross-continent matchup. Sportsnet will showcase the matchup, which gets going at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 13.
Florida Panthers vs. Vancouver Canucks Odds
The Canucks (-115) are the favorite over the Panthers (-105) and the Over/Under (O/U) has been placed at an even 6 goals (-125 for the over, +105 for the under).
Vancouver is 20-26 straight-up (SU) and has earned 4.0 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage isn’t too far off from to the 31-51 record the team produced during the 2017-18 season campaign. Among the team’s 46 games this season, 21 have gone under the total, while 21 have gone over and just three have pushed. The team is 9-11 SU at home this year.
The Canucks have converted on 17.3 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 22nd overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 78.3 percent of all penalties.
Averaging 28.2 saves per game with a .906 save percentage, Jacob Markstrom (17-16-4) has been the most dependable goalkeeper for the Nucks this year. If the Nucks, however, choose to rest him, the team could turn to Anders Nilsson (3-9-9 record, .895 save percentage, 3.09 goals against average).
Florida has lost 15.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year and is currently 17-26 straight up (SU). A total of 25 of its games have gone over the total, while 15 have gone under the total and just three have pushed. The Panthers are 9-15 SU as the road team this season.
The Panthers have scored on 27.0 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that places it in the top-five among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 19th overall and it’s successfully killed off 79.5 percent of all opponent power plays.
James Reimer (22.6 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for Florida. Reimer owns a 9-16-5 record, while registering a .895 save percentage and 3.16 goals against average this year.
Florida Panthers vs. Vancouver Canucks Free Picks
Prediction: SU Winner – Canucks, O/U – Under
- Two of the Panthers’ last ten games have ended in a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 2-4 overall in shootouts this season.
- The over has hit in four of Florida’s last five games.
- Florida has attempted 33.9 shots per contest overall this season (the second-most in the NHL), and 31.8 in its last five road games.
- Over Vancouver’s last ten outings, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 2-4 in those games).
- Florida skaters registered 20.2 hits per game last season, while the Nucks forced 21.3 hits per matchup.