Florida is averaging 3.43 goals per game for the season, fifth in the NHL, and they are taking on a Golden Knights team that is allowing 2.72 goals a game (6th).
Meanwhile, Vegas has found the net 3.34 times a game on average, 11th in the league, and the Panthers are allowing opponents to score 3.23 goals per game (20th).
Florida averages more shots/game (35.9) than most teams in the league, ranking second, though the team’s 9.6% shooting percentage is 21st. Vegas’ average of 31.4 attempts ranks 15th.
Expect multiple power-play opportunities for the Golden Knights, as the Panthers are averaging 4.76 penalties per game, the most in the NHL. The visitors’ 12.58 penalty minutes a game also ranks first-highest.
The home team has been penalized 3.23 times a game (2nd-fewest in the league) for an average of 8.57 minutes (14th-fewest).
The Panthers’ 22.98% power play percentage ranks 11th in the league, while the Golden Knights are 20th with a conversion rate of 19.70%. When it comes to defending power plays, Florida has the league’s 23rd-ranked PK% at 75.07%, while Vegas is 24th at 74.90%.
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. 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.
Adin 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 is 27-21-3 away from home this season. Vegas is 32-18-1 at home this season.
SportsTips’ NHL Pick:
Vegas Golden Knights (-140)
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