Montreal Canadiens (16-18-4) at Florida Panthers (16-16-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 30, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Florida Panthers -130 / Montreal Canadiens +118 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The BB&T Center and the Florida Panthers host the Montreal Canadiens in a Saturday NHL bout.
The Montreal Canadiens are struggling to find the back of the net and the defensive end of the ice hasn’t been able to win on their own. Montreal has lost three straight and seven of ten following a 3-1 defeat at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday. The Canadiens opened the scoring at 3:40 of the second but that was the lone bright spot.
Tampa Bay saw Steven Stamkos score with only 12 seconds remaining in the second period and on a third period power play. Brayden Point scored just 30 seconds in to the third and Ondrej Palat added a pair of helpers for the Lightning to make a winner of Andrei Vasilevskiy and his 31 saves while Carey Price stopped 31 shots in defeat.
The Florida Panthers have been playing their best hockey of the 2017-18 campaign and need the good times to continue with every point being so important when the postseason comes. Florida has won four straight following a 3-2 win versus the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday where the team survived a late Philly rally.
Philadelphia saw Scott Laughton and Sean Couturier score in the third with Brian Elliott falling to 13-9-7 with 24 saves. The Panthers offense received goals from Jared McCann, Derek MacKenzie and Jonathan Huberdeau while Nick Bjugstad added two assists to make the 29 stops of James Reimer hold up.
Canadiens are 4-0 in their last 4 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation and under is 4-0 in Canadiens last 4 overall and under is 4-0 in Canadiens last 4 road games. Panthers are 4-0 in their last 4 overall and Panthers are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Atlantic and Panthers are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a losing record. Canadiens are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and under is 4-1-4 in the last 9 meetings in Florida and Canadiens are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Florida.
Defense has been the name of the game when these teams meet and I lean that way pending goalies…