The Florida Panthers head to take on the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Saturday.
Florida is averaging 3.48 goals per game for the season, fourth in the NHL. The visitors will face a tough test against a Hurricanes team that is allowing only 2.56 goals a game (2nd).
Meanwhile, Carolina has found the net 3.23 times a game on average, 15th in the league, and the Panthers are allowing opponents to score 3.27 goals per game (20th). Both teams average more shots a game than most teams in the league.
Florida ranks No. 1 with 36.4 shots, while Carolina’s 34.9 average ranks third. When it comes to shot-stopping, the Hurricanes have been more successful, stopping .909% of shots as a team (11th), while the Panthers have a team save percentage of .906% (14th).
Look for a few power play opportunities for the Hurricanes, as the Panthers are averaging 4.72 penalties per game, second-most in the NHL. The visitors’ 12.37 penalty minutes a game also ranks second-highest.
The home team has been penalized 3.51 times a game (10th-fewest in the league) for an average of 7.61 minutes (2nd-fewest).The Panthers’ 22.73% power play percentage ranks 11th in the league, while the Hurricanes are 19th with a conversion rate of 20.00%.
Carolina has been more adept at penalty killing, boasting the league’s second-highest PK% at 85.12%. Florida ranks 26th at 74.55%.
With 109 points this season, seventh-most in the NHL, Matthew Tkachuk is the top skater for the Panthers. He is among the league leaders with 69 assists (5th) and has added 40 goals of his own. In the net, Sergei Bobrovsky (24-20-3) is Florida’s top goaltender by goals against average.
He has a 3.07 GAA and a .901% save percentage. Martin Necas and Sebastian Aho lead the Hurricanes in scoring with 71 and 67 points, respectively.
Necas has 28 goals and 43 assists, while Aho has 36 goals and 31 assists. Antti Raanta (19-3-3) has the best goals against average for Carolina at 2.23, third-best in the league.
He has a save percentage of .910%. Frederik Andersen (21-11-1) has played the most games in net for the Hurricanes this season. He has a 2.48 GAA and a .903% save percentage.
HOME AND AWAY
Florida is 26-20-3 away from home this season. Carolina is 33-11-4 at PNC Arena this season.
SportsTips’ NHL Pick:
Carolina Hurricanes (-155)
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