Montreal Canadiens (25-30-11) at Florida Panthers (32-25-7)
|Date & Time||Thursday March 8, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Florida Panthers -188 / Montreal Canadiens +169 --- Over/Under: 6
NHL action comes to the BB&T Center where the Florida Panthers host the Montreal Canadiens.
The Montreal Canadiens needed a long hot streak to begin the second half of the season to keep their playoff hopes alive and that didn’t happen. Montreal is coming off of a 6-4 loss at New Jersey where Jacob De La Rose scored twice with Brendan Gallagher and Byron Froese also lighting the lamp while Charlie Lindgren gave up six goals on 33 shots.
Travis Trajac led the Devils offensive explosion with a pair of tallies with Stefan Noesen, Blake Coleman, Patrick Maroon and Brian Boyle reaching the scoring column. Trajac, Taylor Hall, and Sami Vatanen each gave New Jersey two helpers to make a winner of Keith Kinkaid and his 29 saves.
The Florida Panthers have been busy solidifying their postseason drive with great success. Florida had ripped off six straight victories before a 5-4 OT loss at Tampa Bay ended the run where Nick Bjugstad logged a hat trick with Vincent Trocheck also scoring.
Yanni Gourde paced the Lightning with a pair of goals with JT Miller and Alex Kilhorn also lighting the lamp before Brayden Point scored in the extra session. Anton Stralman added two assists to make a winner of Andrei Vasilevskiy and his 45 stops while Roberto Luongo took the loss for Florida with five goals allowed on 33 shots.
Canadiens are 0-5 in their last 5 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game and under is 8-1 in Canadiens last 9 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and under is 7-1-1 in Canadiens last 9 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game. Under is 4-0 in Panthers last 4 home games and Panthers are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and Panthers are 6-1 in their last 7 overall. Under is 5-1-4 in the last 10 meetings in Florida and Canadiens are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and under is 29-14-13 in the last 56 meetings.
The Canadiens have done well against the Panthers but these teams are heading in opposite directions which has me looking at Florida…