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Hockey odds preview - Detroit vs. Florida

Detroit Red Wings

Florida Panthers
17-13-9 December 28, 2013, 07:00 PM | BB&T Center 14-19-5

Detroit pays a visit to Florida on Saturday, hoping to shut down the Panthers snipers in hockey action at BankAtlantic Center.

Florida battles the Red Wings, currently with a 17-13-9 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 17-17-4 for the Panthers and 17-20-2 for the Red Wings.

View Detroit Red Wings vs Florida Panthers Odds and Stats.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 18-ranked Panthers and the No. 12-rated Red Wings in this matchup.

Last time out for Detroit, they were a 3-0 loser as they battled the Islanders at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Islanders at +150 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

The Panthers were a 6-1 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Lightning. That made winners of bettors who got Tampa Bay at -101 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Florida's No. 26-ranked offense, averaging 2.32 goals per game, against a Red Wings defense that ranks No. 15 at 2.77 goals allowed. The Panthers power play is averaging 11.2% while the Red Wings defense kills off 84.62% of their penalties.

A few Red Wings at Panthers trends to consider:
Detroit is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Detroit's last 10 games
Detroit is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 7 games on the road
Florida is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Florida's last 7 games at home
Florida is 4-11-5 SU in its last 20 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Florida's last 6 games when playing Detroit

Next up:
Detroit at Nashville, Monday, December 30th
Florida home to Montreal, Sunday, December 29th