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Montreal Canadiens vs. Florida Panthers - 10/24/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Florida Panthers (3-4-0) at Montreal Canadiens (1-6-1)
Date & Time Tuesday October 24, 2017, 7:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -123 / Florida Panthers +111 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Florida Panthers visit the Bell Centre to take the ice with the Montreal Canadiens in Tuesday NHL

The Florida Panthers continue their road swing with a stop to challenge the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday. Florida defeated the Washington Capitols 4-1 on Saturday to end a three game slide and win their first road contest.

The Panthers built a 3-0 lead heading to the third period on goals from Connor Brinkley and Evgenii Dadonov on the power play before Vincent Trocheck added another PP tally in the second. Washington got on the scoreboard on a goal from Christian Djoos at 15:23 but the Caps offense was kept under wraps after that.

The Panthers added an empty net goal with 1:16 remaining courtesy of Aleksander Barkov. James Reimer picked up the win for Florida with a 42 save performance while Philipp Grubauer gave up three goals on 22 shots to fall to 0-2-1.

The Montreal Canadiens are desperate to reverse their fortunes when the Florida Panthers visit  the Bell Centre on Tuesday. Montreal fell to 1-6-1 following a 6-2 defeat at the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.

Anaheim jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead on goals from Dennis Rasmussen, Derek Grant and Antoine Vermette before the Canadiens responded with tallies from Paul Byron and Brendan Gallagher to pull within 3-2 entering the third. Derek Grand scored again with Brandon Montour and Chris Wagner joining the Ducks scoring spree. 

Kevin Bieksa added a pair of helpers and John Gibson survived a 51 shot barrage to get the win for Anaheim while Carey Price was charged with all six goals on 45 shots to absorb the loss for Montreal. 

Panthers are 0-4 in their last 4 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game and Panthers are 6-1 in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400 and over is 6-1 in Panthers last 7 overall. Canadiens are 0-8 in their last 8 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game and over is 4-0 in Canadiens last 4 overall and Canadiens are 1-10 in their last 11 overall. Road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and under is 15-5-6 in the last 26 meetings in Montreal and under is 28-13-13 in the last 54 meetings. 

The under has been a consistent winner when these teams meet but the way the Canadiens are struggling Florida looks tempting…

under 5.5 // UPDATE: if I were to bet this I would take Florida ML or walk away

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