NHL Odds, Preview, Prediction: Panthers vs. Jets (Jan. 25)
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Panthers vs. Jets Odds
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The Florida Panthers will finish up their five-game road trip on Tuesday night after a clash with the Winnipeg Jets.
Florida has been an unstoppable force all season up to this point, entering this matchup with a record of 28-9-5 and in first place in the Atlantic Division. On the other hand, Winnipeg has appeared to hit a bump in the road, having lost four straight games and now finding themselves sitting in sixth in the Central Division.
The Jets have not played great hockey as of late, but they have found plenty of ways to win on their home ice this season. Will they be able to handle business against a Panthers team that has won just seven games on the road this season, or will Florida continue their dominance and grab another win?
The Florida Panthers have been as unstoppable as a team can get in the NHL, and it all starts on the offensive end of the ice.
This team is built so that they can attack their opponents from just about anywhere, and they have given their opponents trouble on a nightly basis. As a result, Florida is scoring an incredible 3.46 goals per 60 minutes in 5-on-5 situations this season, by far the most in the NHL.
Their ability to attack the net from close has often led to many of those goals, as they lead the NHL in High Danger Chances per 60 minutes (HDCF/60) in 5-on-5 with 13.49. Generating that many scoring opportunities will certainly give them an edge against any opponent, and that will most likely be the case in this matchup against a Jets defense that has looked vulnerable as of late.
Although their offense has been several levels above a majority of the NHL, their play on the defensive end has been inconsistent.
In 5-on-5, Florida is in the bottom ten of the league in High Danger Chances Against per 60 minutes, surrendering 11.7. They also find themselves sitting in the middle of the pack in Expected Goals Against per 60 minutes (xGA/60) with 2.46, indicating there are some holes that the Jets can exploit on that end of the ice.
Luckily, Florida has Sergei Bobrovsky as their anchor in net, and he is once again expected to get the start. In 5-on-5 this year, Bobrovsky has an SV % of .929 and 11.9 Goals Saved Above Expected (GSAx), making him one of the best goaltenders in all of the NHL.
In their last six games, Winnipeg is just 1-5 overall and has been outscored 22-13 by their opponents, indicating that they are having plenty of issues all over the ice.
The offense simply hasn’t been there in this tough stretch of games, and that has been the case for the majority of the year as the Jets are scoring an average of 2.89 goals per game. We haven’t seen much horsepower on the offensive end of the ice for the Jets recently, which has resulted in several mediocre performances in that aspect of their game.
Defensively, they haven’t been much better, and that could pose an issue of its own against this Panthers team.
Coming into this matchup, Winnipeg ranks 25th in the NHL in xGA/60 in 5-on-5 with 2.63, which provides some context to their struggles on the defensive end of the ice recently. However, this is a Jets team that has given up just 70 total goals in 5-on-5 at this point in the season, which is likely because Connor Hellebuyck has been great in net.
Hellebuyck is likely going to be the goalie we see suit up in net on Tuesday night. Even though he hasn’t played great recently, he has still been at the top of the NHL this season in several metrics, and in 5-on-5 Hellebuyck has an SV % of .928 and 10.7 GSAx.
Panthers vs. Jets Pick
The Winnipeg Jets have been far from perfect in 2022, but there is still some reason to believe they will find the back of the net in this one.
Winnipeg comes into this matchup with 2.65 Expected Goals For per 60 minutes in 5-on-5 situations, which is the eighth-best mark in the NHL this year. Furthermore, this Jets team is managing to get off 33.6 shots on goal per game, so the chances to score have certainly been there, despite what the final score has indicated recently.
Florida is obviously a powerhouse when it comes to scoring goals, which is a big reason why 12 of their most recent 13 games have seen a combined total of six or more goals.
We have two great goalies that are expected to be in net, but I think we see the Panthers put on another scoring display and the Jets put a few of their own shots in the back of the net.
Pick: Total Over 6 (-125)
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