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Montreal Canadiens vs. Florida Panthers - 1/15/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Florida Panthers at Montreal Canadiens
Date & Time Tuesday January 15, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)
Centre Bell
Montreal, Quebec
The Line
The Line: Florida Panthers +125 / Montreal Canadiens -152 -- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Florida Panthers and Montreal Canadiens meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Centre Bell.

The Florida Panthers could use a bounce back win here to snap a six-game losing streak. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 26.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Mike Hoffman leads Florida with 21 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 35 assists and Aleksander Barkov has 112 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Roberto Luongo has given up 67 goals on 623 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 66 goals on 630 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed four or more goals in each of their last six games.

The Montreal Canadiens look for another victory after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 12.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 17 goals, Max Domi has 25 assists and Jonathan Drouin has 119 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing three goals per game and are killing 78.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 91 goals on 1,015 shots faced and Antti Niemi has allowed 46 goals on 403 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed two or less goals in six of their last eight games.

The Panthers are 3-7 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest, 0-5 in their last 5 road games and 0-6 in their last 6 overall. The Canadiens are 2-6 in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest, 2-5 in their last 7 Tuesday games and 7-2 in their last 9 vs. Eastern Conference. The under is 16-6-6 in the last 28 meetings in Montreal and 27-12-12 in the last 51 meetings. The over is 20-8-1 in Panthers last 29 overall. The under is 7-0 in Canadiens last 7 overall.

The Florida Panthers have underachieved all season long and now it feels like the wheels are falling off with six straight losses and a defense that allows four goals on a good night. The Montreal Canadiens are on the end of a back to back, but they're playing some of their best hockey of the season right now and a road overtime win over the Boston Bruins will just build on that confidence. I'm not looking to back the Panthers right now during these struggles, even though they're consistency juicy underdogs. I'll side with the Montreal Canadiens on their home ice.

Montreal Canadiens -152

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