The Detroit Red Wings and Florida Panthers will do it all over again on Thursday night after a 4-1 win for the team from Sunrise on Tuesday night. Carter Verhaeghe had a big night, as he recorded 2 goals on 6 shots for the Panthers. Brett Connolly and Jonathan Huberdeau each chipped in with a goal of their own to lead the Panthers to a 3-goal win. Sergei Bobrovsky was fantastic between the pipes for the Panthers.
He stopped 35 of 36 shots and looked exactly like the guy they expected him to be when they signed him to a mammoth seven-year $70,000,000 deal. Buyer’s remorse was on full display last year, but there is time for Bobrovsky to earn his pay. The former Blue Jacket has been adequate, though he still has to improve his numbers. He’s earning elite money, so adequate is not good enough at this point.
The Panthers advanced to 23-9-4 on the season with the win. They are tied with the Tampa Bay Lightning for the lead in the Central Division at 50 points apiece. This division is Carolina, Florida, Tampa, and then everyone else. The Hurricanes trail the Panthers and Bolts by a point, while fourth-place Nashville is 19-17-1 with 39 points. It’s been a good season for the Panthers so far. Tied with the defending Stanley Cup champs is nothing to sneeze at.
When it comes to the playoffs, it’s going to come down to Bobrovsky. Which Bobrovsky are we going to see in the postseason? There is your answer. If Bobrovsky reverts to Blue Jacket form, then the Panthers are going to go places. The Panthers’ offence just needs some help from their goaltender, and they are going to be a difficult team to beat four times.
The Red Wings have shown signs of life this season. They head into Thursday night with a record of 12-21-4 and 28 points. It isn’t much, but the Wings have been competitive in spots. At least enough to save Jeff Blashill’s job for the moment. I’m not sure that Blashill is the long-term option, but he’s likely staying at least through this year. After finishing 17-49-5 last year, Blashill is lucky to still have a head coaching job, but you have to admit, he didn’t have much to work with talent wise. Head below for our free Red Wings vs. Panthers pick on April 1, 2021.
Detroit Red Wings vs. Florida Panthers NHL Betting Odds:
Red Wings vs. Panthers Prediction:
I’m going to hurry this up and get straight to the point regarding this matchup. I’ve been watching the puckline on this game at MyBookie all morning and it hasn’t budged off -1. A mistake is usually not left up on the board for hours. If somebody doesn’t hammer the line, then the error is typically located by a trader. In summary, there is no way that the Panthers should be -1 at even money against the Red Wings tonight.
The hook should be there, but MyBookie is offering value of the night in the NHL on the Panthers. No, it doesn’t guarantee a Panthers’ win, not by any means. However, you have to take advantage when things don’t line up correctly and value presents itself. Having said that, if there was an obvious huge error, then it’s likely pointless because the bet will be refunded. But in this case, I’m not so sure a .5 difference is going to draw that much attention from a trader, especially in one of the smallest markets when it comes to major sports in the US.
The Panthers are certainly the superior team going into tonight. They are sixth in the NHL with 3.3 goals per game, while hitting the net an average of 34.3 times per game for second. Conversely, the Red Wings have been abysmal offensively, with 2.2 goals per game for 30th. They are also putting just 27.9 shots per game on net. On the road, the offence has been just about close to useless, with only 1.88 goals netted per game. I want to give Bobrovsky credit for what he did on Tuesday, and he did play well, but the Wings have struggled to score against everyone.
Tyler Bertuzzi remains out of the lineup because of an upper-body injury. The Red Wings desperately need him to return, but he will not be available again today. Thomas Greiss decided to sign with the Red Wings after playing on one of the best defensive teams in the NHL. Greiss has been getting exposed, as he’s gotten torched for a 3.42 GAA and 0.88 save percentage after having success with the Islanders the last five years.
Playing on a team with a paper thin defence can do that to a netminder. Calvin Pickard is probable to start for the Red Wings tonight. He has not been playing better, with his 2.76 GAA a bit deceptive through three starts. Pickard has a 2.76 GAA, which sounds nice, but his 0.879 save percentage suggests that he has not been in good form. With Jonathan Bernier on the shelf, Pickard has been getting the nod as the backup in Detroit. Before this line changes, get on the Panthers at MyBookie.