Florida Panthers vs. Montreal Canadiens - 4/5/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Montreal Canadiens (47-22-10) at Florida Panthers (36-27-15)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 5:00 pm (BB&T Center)
The Line: Florida Panthers / Montreal Canadiens --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Montreal Canadiens look to bounce back on Sunday when they travel to Florida to take on the Panthers.
It wasn’t one of their better performances of the season on Friday night, and it might ultimately cost them the Eastern Conference. Montreal was sloppy from the opening face off but it looked like they might be able to get away with it against a much weaker opponent.
USA TODAY Sports
The New Jersey Devils opened the scoring midway through the opening period when Stefan Matteau beat Dustin Tokarski. Montreal would bounce back and even things up on Tomas Plekanec’s power play goal, and they’d take the lead just over three minutes later on Jeff Petry’s seventh goal of the year.
That would be the extent of the offense for the Canadiens however and Tokarski would allow the Devils to tie things up early in the second period. Montreal out shot the Devils 33-18 on the night and 13-3 over the final 20 minutes, but they couldn’t find a way to get one by Keith Kinkaid.
After a scoreless overtime session Tokarski was undressed by Patrik Elias in the shootout and he also allowed a goal to Jacob Josefson as the Devils defeated the Canadiens 3-2.
It’s a loss that’s going to make it extremely difficult for the Montreal Canadiens to pass the New York Rangers but they’ll still want to find a way to shake off some of this sloppy play heading into the post season.
The Florida Panthers watched their post season hopes slip away this week when they lost a crushing game in Boston against the Bruins. That put the nail in the coffin for the Panthers despite them still being mathematically alive. Saturday night’s defeat to the Tampa Bay Lightning made it official.
Florida has fought all season long and this is a young roster that is going to do a lot of good things moving forward. They came out strong and played well against the rival Lightning but Steven Stamkos broke a scoreless tie with a power play goal and the game was over from there.
Montreal comes into this game struggling and the Panthers are a team that can really be a thorn in their side. Florida is full of youth and despite the fact that their playoff dreams won’t be answered this season they’re still a club that is going to come hard every shift.
The Canadiens need to get Carey Price back on track and this is going to be a good test for him on Sunday in Sunrise. Look for Montreal to bounce back finally in this one against the Panthers.