Florida Panthers vs. Edmonton Oilers Prediction, Preview, and Odds

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The Florida Panthers are on the road as they head to Rogers Place on Saturday night to take on the Edmonton Oilers in non-conference action. The Panthers (17-10-2, 36 points) are third in the Atlantic Division and are riding a two-game losing streak after a 4-0 road loss on Thursday against the Vancouver Canucks. The Oilers (13-13-1, 27 points) are fourth in the Pacific Division and are coming off a 7-4 home loss on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. This is the second and final regular season meeting between these teams as they played in Florida on Nov. 20 with the Panthers picking up a 5-3 home win. 

Panthers on the Prowl

The Florida Panthers have gotten off to a weaker start offensively as they are 21st in the league with 85 total goals scored. Center Sam Reinhart is leading the offense with 37 points (17 goals, 20 assists) right now and scored five points in his last four games. In his previous game against the Vancouver Canucks, he did not record any points on a single shot on 19:02 time on the ice. Their offense has been less than average in terms of power plays as they have scored on 16-of-91 (17.58 percent) of all their attempts up to this point.

Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to be the starter inside the crease for this matchup and has been playing pretty well so far. On the season, he is 13-8-1 with 2.56 goals given up and a .906 save percentage. He played pretty well in a losing effort against the Canucks last time out as he allowed four goals on 17 shot attempts in less than two full periods. The Panthers have been a great defensive team as their 77 goals allowed ranks eighth in the league. They are barely better than average in terms of penalty kills as they have killed 77-of-95 (81.05 percent) of penalties against them.

Injury Report for Florida

Center Anton Lundell: Illness (Questionable)

Oilers Beginning to Get Going

The Edmonton Oilers are looking to continue getting going after a tough start to the season. Center Connor McDavid has been playing extremely well as he is fourth in the sport in points and tied for third in assists as he has posted 40 points (11 goals, 29 assists). He dominated in his previous game as he had one goal and one assist in 22:55 against Tampa Bay. As a team, they have done well as they are seventh in the NHL with 96 total goals scored. They are doing an impressive job on the power play as they are converting on 27 of their 93 attempts (29.03 percent). 

Stuart Skinner has been struggling and is expected to be between the pipes for this game. He has struggled as he is 11-8-1 with a .885 save percentage and 3.04 goals allowed per game. He was struggling in the net last time out against the Tampa Bay Lightning as he gave up five goals on 22 shot attempts in a loss. As a team, Edmonton ranks 19th in hockey with 92 goals allowed as well. They have been killing penalties at an average level so far. They have killed 79-of-99 (79.80 percent) so far as they should play well on this side of the ice. 

Injury Report for Edmonton

Left winger Dylan Holloway: Knee (OUT)

Right winger Brady Stonehouse: Undisclosed (OUT)

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The name of the game is to score more goals than your opponent and Edmonton has been scoring better than Florida. The Oilers are fifth in the sport, averaging 3.52 goals per game while the Panthers are 23rd with 2.93 goals per game. They also have been the better team in terms of winning faceoffs and controlling the puck. Edmonton is 10th in the league with a 51.3 faceoff win percentage while Florida is 14th with a 50.6 faceoff win percentage. All in all, go with the Edmonton Oilers to win and split the season series. 

Prediction: Edmonton Oilers -142

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These teams scored eight goals in the first meeting so expecting more than 6.5 goals seems plausible here. Florida is scoring 2.6 goals in their last five games while Edmonton is averaging 4.4 goals in that same five-game span. These teams have been two of the most aggressive teams shooting the puck as the Oilers are best in hockey with 34.3 shots per game while the Panthers are third with 33.7 shot attempts per game. Go with OVER 6.5 GOALS in this game. 

 

Prediction: Over 6.5

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