Free NHL Picks Today: Winnipeg Jets vs Florida Panthers 12/6/22

Free NHL Picks Today: Winnipeg Jets vs Florida Panthers 12/6/22
Tue 6th December 2022

The Florida Panthers (12-9-4) and their high-volume offense are on the road to take on the Winnipeg Jets (15-7-1) and their suffocating goaltending at Canada Life Centre on Tuesday. Florida is playing their last of five games on the road coming off a 5-1 win over the Kraken on Saturday.

The Panthers took advantage of their power play opportunities, scoring three goals on four shots while holding Seattle without a power play goal. Carter Verhaeghe was the top goalscorer for the Panthers with two goals. Sam Bennett had three assists to lead the team in scoring. Spencer Knight saved an impressive 35 of 36 shots (.972%) in the win.

Winnipeg is wrapping up a four-game homestand after a 5-2 win over the Ducks on Sunday. Five players found the net for the Jets. Connor Hellebuyck was impressive in the win, making 28 saves (.933%).


The Panthers won both games between the teams last season, including a 6-1 victory in their final meeting in April. Jonathan Huberdeau (2G 1A) and Claude Giroux (0G 3A) each had three points to lead Florida. Nikolaj Ehlers scored Winnipeg’s only goal. Sergei Bobrovsky got the win, saving 30 of 31 shots (.967%).


Florida is averaging 3.48 goals per game for the season, seventh in the NHL, and they are taking on a Jets team that is allowing only 2.57 goals a game (5th). Meanwhile, Winnipeg has found the net 3.22 times a game on average, 14th in the league, and the Panthers are allowing opponents to score 3.28 goals per game (21st).

Florida averages more shots a game (38.1) than any other team in the league, though the team’s 9.2% shooting percentage ranks 24th. Winnipeg has been up to the task of stopping shots, ranking No. 3 with a team save percentage of .922%. Power play opportunities ought to be plentiful for the Jets, as the Panthers are averaging 4.80 penalties per game, fifth-most in the NHL.

The visitors’ 10.72 penalty minutes a game ranks 12th-highest. The home team has been penalized 3.65 times a game (27th) for an average of 8.61 minutes (20th). The Jets’ 21.05% power play percentage ranks 20th in the league, while the Panthers are 23rd with a conversion rate of 20.00%. Winnipeg has been more successful at penalty killing, boasting the league’s third-highest PK% at 83.87%. Florida ranks 21st at 77.66%.


With 34 points this season, sixth-most in the NHL, Matthew Tkachuk is the top skater for the Panthers. He is among the league leaders with 22 assists (7th) and has added 12 goals of his own. In the net, Knight (8-3-3) is Florida’s top goaltender by goals against average.

He has a 2.49 GAA and a .923% save percentage. Josh Morrissey leads the Jets in scoring with 26 points. He has five goals and 21 assists. Hellebuyck (11-5-1) is the top goalie for Winnipeg with a goals against average of 2.29. He has a save percentage of .931%, third-best in the league.


Florida is 6-7-1 away from FLA Live Arena this season. Winnipeg is 9-3-0 at home this season.

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Winnipeg Jets (-105)

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