Montreal Canadiens vs. Florida Panthers - 2/19/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida Panthers (25-19-12) at Montreal Canadiens (37-15-4)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -180 / Florida Panthers +162 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Canadiens return home looking to shake off a loss in Ottawa last night as they host Roberto Luongo and the Panthers at the Bell Center.
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The Panthers are coming off a victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs and will look to add to their win total once again in Montreal tonught as they take on the Canadiens in an Atlantic division show down. The Cats have quietly pieced together a nice season and can jump ahead of the Bruins for fourth in the division with a victory here and while it is unlikely they will be able to catch the top three of Detroit, Tampa, and Montreal in the division standings there is a great chance Florida can sneak into the playoffs as a wild card team. Florida are four points clear of the Flyers for the next in line spot for the second wild card position and as mentioned are just two points back of the Bruins and with a game in hand on most of the teams in the area Florida can very well go on a run and secure a playoff berth and perhaps play their way into a situation where they can avoid the Atlantic and match up with one of the top end teams in the Metro.
The Canadiens dropped a 4-2 decision in Ottawa last night and now head back looking to stave off the Tampa Bay Lightning for top spot in the division as they take on the Panthers at home. Montreal has been a consistent bunch this season and are looking to build on their Eastern Conference finalist tag from last season with a trip to the Cup finals this year and with Carey Price in goal that is certainly more than a possibility but there are some very talented teams in the Eastern Conference. Montreal has been great on home ice with a 20-7-3 mark but this is a tougher game than many expect as they see the Panthers on the docket and don't take them seriously but this team is a couple years removed from a division title and while last year they were in tank mode they have rebounded nicely and could very easily pull off the upset here in Montreal. However, with Luongo playing in his home city and Price back between the pipes for the Habs I think this one will be a tight game and we could end up seeing a shootout or overtime.