Florida Panthers (0-2-0) vs. New Jersey Devils (1-0-1)
Florida Panthers vs. New Jersey Devils 10/16/23 – The NHL season has kicked off strong and teams are scrambling for early points. On Monday evening, Florida Panthers head to Prudential Center against New Jersey Devils with both sides looking to build on mixed starts; Panthers still winless after two matches while Devils off-and-on start should make for an interesting clash; fans and bettors are already searching for best free NHL predictions today as a guide on where best to place their bets.
Evan Rodrigues has been Florida’s offensive star, tallying two goals and two assists in just two games – making an immediate impactful statement against New Jersey. Meanwhile, Matthew Tkachuk’s two assists are an indicator that he’s creating opportunities and will likely play a pivotal role for Florida as they try to penetrate New Jersey’s defense.
The Devils boast some power themselves. Center Jack Hughes has put up two goals and three assists in two games to lead their attacking lineup while Jesper Bratt boasts 50% shooting accuracy and may prove lethal at front of goal. These attacks should aim to find any weak spots in Panthers defense setup as well as capitalise on current form.
Florida Panthers vs. New Jersey Devils 10/16/23 Game Info
|When:||Monday, October 16, 2023 at 7:00 PM ET|
Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Goaltender Akira Schmid
Goaltending will play a pivotal role in this Florida Panthers versus New Jersey Devils showdown, with Sergei Bobrovsky of the Panthers coming into this match-up boasting mixed stats. Bobrovsky has yet to register a victory this season after appearing in two games and suffering two losses. While his goals-against average stands at 2.09, his save percentage stands at just 0.873 which indicates that he’s been subjected to many shots against. Bobrovsky must step up his game if Florida hopes to secure their inaugural win of the season, stopping 48 out of 55 shots against him and providing them with a reliable presence in front of their net. Bobrovsky must withstand Jack Hughes and Jesper Bratt’s offensive threats while keeping Florida at bay to earn victory.
Akira Schmid, an up-and-coming goaltender for the New Jersey Devils, has only played one game so far this season but already made an impressionful performance. Even without recording a victory, Schmid recorded a solid goals-against average of 2.77 and impressive save percentage of 0.909. Schmid made 30 saves out of 33 shots against over 65 minutes ice time, showing his ability to weather pressure against an attacking Florida Panthers squad. Schmid’s performance proved instrumental against an offensively potency team like Florida. Evan Rodrigues and Matthew Tkachuk will put Schmid through his paces throughout Monday night’s contest, testing his ability to stay composed under fire while remaining calm under fire. It promises to add another element of excitement for fans and bettors alike!
NHL Odds/Point Spread: New Jersey Devils -187, Total Odds: 6.5
Given their odds and form, the Devils seem like the more favorable option based on current stats and past form. Their strong offensive start to the season and home advantage tip the scales in their favor; however, given the unpredictable nature of sport betting bettors should proceed with caution.
Florida Panthers Betting Trends
Florida’s recent performance isn’t particularly promising; their last 16 games saw 11 total unders and they went 1-6 straight up (SU). Yet Florida did go 4-1 against New Jersey over their past 5 encounters to show a positive pattern against them – providing some solace against a struggling team like New Jersey.
New Jersey Devils Betting Trends
The Devils have seen the total go OVER in six of their last seven games, even while going 2-5 against the spread in that stretch. Additionally, 8 out of their last 10 home games saw totals go OVER; evidence that their ability to score at Prudential Center can only get stronger over time.
Florida Panthers vs. New Jersey Devils 10/16/23 Betting Picks
This contest promises to be closely contested; both teams possess strengths and vulnerabilities that should keep spectators captivated throughout. Although recent head-to-head advantage favors Panthers, current form and home support seem more favorable for Devils.
At present, it appears more likely that the New Jersey Devils will win with a scoreline in favor of them and an exciting, high-scoring matchup likely. For those interested in exclusive betting insights specifically related to Jack Hughes player prop bets could prove fruitful.
Free Pick and Prediction: New Jersey Devils 4, Florida Panthers 2.