The Florida Panthers (+115) head to face the Vegas Golden Knights (-135) at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday. The total is 5.5 (O: -115, U: -105)The Panthers committed five penalties in the game, though they held Carolina without a power play goal.
Matthew Tkachuk led the Panthers with two goals. Sergei Bobrovsky had 36 saves in the win. William Karlsson scored twice to lead the Golden Knights. Adin Hill had a dominant performance with 23 saves to record his zeroth shutout of the season.
HEAD TO HEAD
The teams split their two regular season meetings this season, the last of which was a 2-1 victory for the Panthers in March. Aleksander Barkov and Ryan Lomberg were on the scoresheet for Florida. Shea Theodore scored Vegas’ only goal. Bobrovsky got the win, saving 22 of 23 shots (.956%).
Florida is averaging 3.45 goals per game for the season, fifth in the NHL, and they are taking on a Golden Knights team that is allowing 2.73 goals a game (6th).
Meanwhile, Vegas has found the net 3.32 times a game on average, 11th in the league, and the Panthers are allowing opponents to score 3.21 goals per game (20th).
Florida averages more shots per game (35.9) than most teams in the league, ranking second, though the team’s 9.7% shooting percentage is 21st. Vegas’ average of 31.4 attempts ranks 15th.
Power play opportunities are likely to be plentiful for the Golden Knights, as the Panthers are averaging 4.69 penalties per game, second-most in the NHL. The visitors’ 12.23 penalty minutes a game ranks third-highest.
The home team has been penalized 3.21 times a game (2nd-fewest in the league) for an average of 8.47 minutes (9th-fewest). The Panthers’ 23.20% power play percentage ranks 10th in the league, while the Golden Knights are 20th with a conversion rate of 19.47%.
When it comes to penalty killing, Florida has the league’s 22nd-ranked PK% at 75.15%, while Vegas is 26th at 74.58%.
With 109 points this season, seventh-most in the NHL, 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, Bobrovsky (24-20-3) is Florida’s top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 3.07 GAA and a .901% save percentage.
Jack Eichel and Chandler Stephenson lead the Golden Knights in scoring with 66 and 65 points, respectively. Eichel has 27 goals and 39 assists, while Stephenson has 16 goals and 49 assists in 81 games. Hill (16-7-1) has the best goals against average for Vegas at 2.49.
He has a save percentage of .914%. Logan Thompson (21-13-3) has played the most games in net for the Golden Knights this season. He has a 2.65 GAA and a .915% save percentage.
HOME AND AWAY
Florida has won eight straight away from home this season. Vegas is 31-18-1 at home this season.
SportsTips’ NHL Pick:
Vegas Golden Knights (-130)
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