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Florida Panthers vs. Montreal Canadiens - 12/28/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Montreal Canadiens (19-13-5) at Florida Panthers (15-14-6)
Date & Time Friday December 28, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Florida Panthers -141 / Montreal Canadiens +108 --- Over/Under: 6.5
TV Channel
FS-Florida
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NHL | Montreal Canadiens (19-13-5) at Florida Panthers (15-14-6)
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The Montreal Canadiens take the ice at the Florida Panthers in a Friday NHL tilt.

The Montreal Canadiens are eyeing a third straight win after outlasting Vegas 4-3 in OT. Brandon Pirri scored twice for Vegas with Jonathan Marchessault also lighting the lamp. Brayden McNabb and William KLarlsson gave the Golden Knights a pair of helpers and Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals on 47 shots. 

Phillip Danault paced the Canadiens offense with a hat trick with Paul Byron netting the winner in overtime. Brendan Gallagher, Tomas Tater and Max Domi posted two assists each and Carey Price recorded 23 stops to pick up the win for the Habs. 

The Florida Panthers have been hot with wins in four of five capped off by a 6-3 win at Chicago. Chicago saw Connor Murphy, Alex Debrincat and Dylan Strome find the back of the net. Strome posted a pair of assists and Cam Ward absorbed the loss with five goals given up on 26  shots.

Jayce Hawryluk scored twice for the Panthers with Mike Hoffman, Jared McCann, Denis Malgin and Frank Vatrano all reaching the scoring column. MacKenzie Weegar posted two assists and James Reimer picked up the win for Florida with 26 stops.

Canadiens are 1-8 in their last 9 games playing on 3 or more days rest and Canadiens are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and over is 5-1 in Canadiens last 6 vs. Eastern Conference. Over is 4-0 in Panthers last 4 vs. a team with a winning record and over is 5-0 in Panthers last 5 games following a win and under is 4-1-1 in Panthers last 6 Friday games. Under is 6-1-4 in the last 11 meetings in Florida and under is 27-12-12 in the last 51 meetings. 

I am backing Florida but I wouldn’t go big because of the juice…

Pick:
Florida -141 // will update

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