Edmonton Oilers vs Florida Panthers Prediction
The NHL is back this Saturday afternoon. The Edmonton Oilers visit BB&T Center to face the resurgent Florida Panthers. The Oilers go into this game after the unfortunate 4-3 defeat at the Rogers place at the hands of San Jose Sharks. On the other side, the Panthers enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 home win over the Boston Bruins.
Edmonton Oilers form
The Edmonton Oilers are going through a bad patch. The lost their last game against the Sharks even though they were leading 3-2. Currently, the team is currently 18 points behind a spot that will take them in the playoffs Western Conference playoff standings. Moreover, Drake Caggiula scored his 9th goals of the year in this game. The other scores wereOscar Klefbom, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who scored his 19th goal of the season.
The Oilers have been poor on the offensive side of their game so far. Their scoring record is one of the poorest. They score approximately 2.74 goals per game which ranks them 22nd in the overall league table. Combined with the converting rate of 14.9% of their chances their offensive power is not at a high level. On the defensive aspect of the game, their stats are also very poor. The average of allowed goals is 3.21 goals per game which ranks them on the 28th position in the goals allowed. Moreover, they have allowed the opposing team to score 25.4% of their chances. The statistical data shows that the Oilers go into this game as the underdog. They went 14-20 on the road and they have an average result of 2.68 goals per game and have allowed 3.03 goals per game in those matches.
Florida Panthers Form
The Florida Panthers have been one of better teams in the league lately. That was shown with the solid win of 3-0 home against the Bruins. Currently, they lay on the 9th spot in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. However, the gap to the 8th spot is just 3 points. Their current form is impressive 16 wins in their last 21 games. The scores in their last win against the Bruins were Aaron Ekblad, Nick Bjugstad, and Vincent Trocheck, which was his 27th goal of the season. The Panthers home form is 22-13 here this year combined their average 3.31 goal per goal. Furthermore, the Panthers have allowed an average of 2.91 goals per game in the games this year. The only negative aspect is.
At the defensive part of their game, they have had a poor form as they come on the 23rd position in goals allowed, letting up 3.07 goals per game.
All in all, the Florida Panthers are in a good form right now. On the other side this season is lost for the Oilers as they planning the offseason additions. Based on the current stats and the forms of both teams, the expectation is that the Panthers will beat the Oilers comfortably.
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