The Detroit Red Wings look to pick up the pieces and get a better performance following a rocky night in Raleigh. Detroit suffered a 7-3 loss against the Carolina Hurricanes last night. Jimmy Howard was left out to dry and played a poor game to get him benched. Howard was yanked after allowing 5 goals on 21 shots. Having to pull Howard especially hurt because the Red Wings are on a back-to-back. Jonathan Bernier had to enter the game and faced 12 shots. He allowed a goal to give the Hurricanes their 6th goal.
Head coach Jeff Blashill has to be feeling his seat warming up right about now. It’s unlikely the Red Wings fire Blashill with the season in progress. He will probably get the full season to show that this team is heading in the right direction. However, if progress is not made, you have to think Steve Yzerman is going to weigh his options. Despite a record of 4-9-1, there are pieces on the Red Wings who are good players. It isn’t all bad, but their record certainly indicates a lot of bad in Detroit.
Whether Blashill can get everyone on the same page this season remains to be seen, though. Their top three, Anthony Mantha, Tyler Bertuzzi, and Dylan Larkin are all fun players to watch. However, they are stuck on a bad team without much direction at the moment. As far as their goaltending is concerned, Howard and Bernier are both in the twilight of their careers, so like a lot of other teams, there isn’t a youngster getting experience up in the NHL. With Howard starting last night, the nod will go to Bernier in the crease against the Panthers.
The Panthers are coming off a thrilling win in Denver, as they erased a 3-1 deficit in the 3rd to win in overtime. Jonathan Huberdeau rifled the game-tying goal home and then scored the OT winner as well. The Panthers may not be threatening for the Stanley Cup this season, but they’re an entertaining to watch nonetheless. Get our free Red Wings vs. Panthers pick below.
Detroit Red Wings vs. Florida Panthers Pick
The Panthers are back home following a four-game road trip. They took a split and managed to get points in three out of those four outings. A come from behind like they had against the Avalanche could be a nice momentum builder. The Panthers will be in Sunrise for two games before heading back out on the road for three games. Detroit should be the easier opponent, as the Capitals will be in Sunrise on Thursday night. So, yes, the Panthers have a nice break after getting off the ice tonight.
Head coach Joel Quenneville has been playing to his team’s strengths and it’s led the Panthers to a record of 6-3-2 going into Saturday. It’s apparent that their goal scorers are going to have to carry the load for the Panthers. For a successful trip to the playoffs, it’s also going to have to involve Sergei Bobrovsky getting his head clear.
The former Blue Jacket has been cold to start the season. He heads into Saturday with a 3.70 GAA and 0.873 save percentage. The offence has had his back, though, with 3.54 goals scored per game. That has the Panthers’ offence in the top-5 in scoring. They’ve been better at home with 3.75 goals on average in Florida. It should prove to be a major mismatch against Bernier and the Red Wings’ defensive unit.
The Red Wings’ backup netminder, Bernier, has been shaky between the pipes in 2019-20. He holds a 3.42 GAA and 0.887 save percentage in seven appearances this season. Detroit have been getting ravished on the road defensively, as they’ve been lazy fighting for pucks. They have allowed an average of 4.14 goals per game on the road.
However, there should be room for the Red Wings to keep pace here. The Panthers have struggled defensively, as they’ve allowed 3.69 goals against per game, including 3.56 at home. Overall, they are 28th in the league defensively, while the Wings are 29th. The OVER looks like the right play in this spot.