Montreal Canadiens vs. Florida Panthers - 2/1/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction
Florida Panthers at Montreal Canadiens
Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 2:00 PM (Bell Centre)
MON -115, O/U 6.5
The Florida Panthers travel to Montreal, QC on Saturday for a game against the Canadiens in a matchup of teams from the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference. In their last game, Florida defeated the Chicago Blackhawks by the score of 4-3. The Panthers received 3 goals from Frank Vatrano to go along with a goal from Evgenii Dadonov on their way to the victory. Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky started in net and recorded the win, making saved on 32 of 35 Chicago shots in the game.
The Panthers are now 28-16-5 on the season which puts them in 3rd place in the Atlantic Division. Jonathan Huberdeau leads Florida in points with 65 and in assists with 47 on the season. Evgenii Dadonov leads Florida in goals as he has recorded 23 so far this year with 10 coming while on the power play. Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is 19-12-4 with 1 shutout and a 3.24 goals against average. Florida’s other goalie, Chris Driedger is 5-2-0, with 1 shutout and a goals against average of 2.35. Florida enters Saturday’s game with 1 player listed on their injury report as Chris Driedger is out.
The Montreal Canadiens welcome the Florida Panthers to town on Saturday after winning their last game against the Buffalo Sabres by the score of 3-1. The Canadiens received goals from Ilya Kovalchuk, Brendan Gallagher and Tomas Tatar on their way to the win against the Sabres. Montreal goalie Carey Price recorded the win in net as he made saves on all 20 of the 21 Buffalo shots in the game.
After the win against Buffalo, Montreal is 23-22-7 which puts them in a 5th place in the Atlantic Division. The Canadiens are led in points by Tomas Tatar as he has recorded 46 points on the season. Tatar also leads Montreal in goals this season with 18. Tatar is also the assists leader for the Canadiens as he has recorded 28 on the year. Goalie Carey Price is currently 21-17-4, with 2 shutouts on the season and has a goals against average of 2.80. The Canadiens other goalie is Charlie Lindgren who has a record of 0-3-0 with a goals against average of 3.40. Montreal enters their game against Florida with 5 players listed on their injury report as Paul Byron and Jonathan Drouin are on injured reserve while Artturi Lehkonen, Brendan Gallagher and Max Domi are listed as day to day.
The Florida Panthers have scored an average of 3.67 goals per game on the year while allowing 3.27 goals per game. The Montreal Canadiens have scored 3.02 goals per game this season while allowing 3.10 goals per game. In their last 5 games the Panthers are 5-0 while the Canadiens are 3-2. The Panthers won the first matchup between these two teams this season by the score of 6-5 in a game played in Florida. The total has gone over in 6 of Florida's last 7 games. The total has gone under in 10 of Montreal's last 13 games. The total has gone over in 4 of Montreal's last 5 games against Florida. Florida is 1-4 in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Montreal, but I look for that to change here and for the Panthers to remain hot. Florida wins 5-3.