NHL Picks: Capper Predicts High Scoring Panthers vs Red Wings Game

Ross Benjamin

Sunday, November 29, 2015 4:00 PM GMT

Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015 4:00 PM GMT

Our NHL consultant examines the total in Sunday’s game between Florida and Detroit. Join us in reading this informative betting preview article which concludes with his pick.

Sunday Afternoon at “The Joe”
The Red Wings and Panthers get together for a matinee affair on Sunday. The opening faceoff at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit is slated for 2:05 PM ET. My area of concentration in this article will be focused on the total. Current NHL betting odds at 5Dimes shows a posted total of 5.0 for this contest. This will be the first meeting of the season between these two Atlantic Division teams. They saw just one of their four meetings stay under the total a season ago.

 

Recent Trends
Florida has gone 15-5 (75%) over the total during the past three seasons when playing on a Sunday. They’re also 25-13 over the total during the past two seasons when facing an opponent with a winning record, and that’s exactly what they’ll be doing on Sunday. The Panthers have seen just one of their first nine road games go under the total this season.

Detroit is coming off a 4-3 home win over Edmonton on Friday night. The Red Wings are 11-3 (78.6%) over the total during the past two seasons following a home win in which they scored 4 goals or more. They’ve also gone 16-7 (69.5%) over the total during the past two seasons following a home win in their previous game. The Red Wings have gone under the total in just one of their previous six games overall, and they’ve averaged 3.0 goals scored per contest during that stretch.

 

Special Teams
The Florida Panthers have converted on a very respectable 21.8% of their power play chances this season. Unfortunately their penalty killing has left a lot to be desired. Opponents are converting on a relatively high 23.8% of their man advantage opportunities against them.

Detroit has cashed in on a solid 18.7% of their power play chances in ten games versus Atlantic Division opponents this season. They’ve killed off 84% of their shorthanded situations thus far in this 2015-2016 NHL campaign.

 

Final Thoughts
Relative to this current total, I like this game to be a high scoring affair. One of my Sunday NHL picks will be indicative of that prediction.

NHL Pick: Play on over the total of 5.0 (-115) at 5Dimes

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