Montreal Canadiens at Florida Panthers
|Date & Time||Sunday February 17, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens +105 / Florida Panthers -130 -- Over/Under: 6
The Montreal Canadiens and Florida Panthers meet Sunday in NHL action at the BB&T Center.
The Montreal Canadiens could use a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 13.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 22 goals, Max Domi has 32 assists and Jonathan Drouin has 150 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 108 goals on 1,277 shots faced and Antti Niemi has allowed 54 goals on 506 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games.
The Florida Panthers could also use a win after splitting their last eight games. The Florida Panthers are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 25.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Mike Hoffman leads Florida with 26 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 39 assists and Aleksander Barkov has 137 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their opponents power plays. Roberto Luongo has given up 83 goals on 788 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 81 goals on 820 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or more goals in five of their last eight games.
The Canadiens are 8-3 in their last 11 Sunday games, 7-3 in their last 10 road games and 19-40 in their last 59 games as a road underdog. The Panthers are 1-5 in their last 6 games as a home favorite, 0-4 in their last 4 games as a favorite and 7-3 in their last 10 vs. a team with a winning record. The under is 6-0 in Canadiens last 6 road games. The under is 6-1 in Panthers last 7 home games. The favorite is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings and the under is 28-12-12 in the last 52 meetings.
The Montreal Canadiens should probably be the play here based on them being the better team and the fact we're getting plus money. However, I'm not sure I trust them with this quick turnaround on the end of a back to back, especially with the Florida Panthers quietly starting to put things together and playing their best hockey of the season. If the Panthers are going to make the most of this recent surge and get back into the playoff conversation, they have to win games like this at home. I'll lay the cheap price with the home team.