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Hockey odds preview - Florida vs. Detroit

Florida Panthers

Detroit Red Wings
8-16-5 December 07, 2013, 07:00 PM | Joe Louis Arena 15-8-7

The Detroit Red Wings battle the visiting Florida Panthers on Saturday in NHL betting action at Joe Louis Arena.

The Red Wings are 15-8-7 so far on the season. The Panthers, meanwhile, are 8-16-5. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Detroit go 15-13-2 and the Panthers go 13-12-4 on the totals.

View Florida Panthers vs Detroit Red Wings Odds and Stats.

If you're backing the visitors in this one, they Panthers listed earlier today as underdogs of 181 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 5.5, depending on the book.

It's a hockey betting matchup between the No. 13-rated Red Wings and the No. 27-ranked Panthers, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

In their last action, Florida was a 5-2 winner at home against the Jets. Bettors on Florida at -115 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

In their last action, Detroit was a 3-1 winner on the road against the Devils. Bettors on Detroit at +117 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Detroit's No. 12-ranked offense (2.8 goals per game) against a Panthers defense that ranks No. 27 at 3.34 goals per game allowed. The Red Wings powerplay has clicked at a 20.79% rate while the Panthers have a 75.58% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Panthers at Red Wings trends to consider:
Florida is 5-15 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Florida's last 6 games
Florida is 2-11 SU in its last 13 games on the road
Florida is 2-11-5 SU in its last 18 games when playing Detroit
Detroit is 4-1-1 SU in its last 6 games
Detroit is 5-9-1 SU in its last 15 games
Detroit is 2-10 SU in its last 12 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Florida at Chicago, Sunday, December 8th