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Panthers vs. Canadiens - 12/30/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Montreal Canadiens (23-11-2) at Florida Panthers (16-9-8)
Date & Time Tuesday December 30, 2014, 7:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Florida Panthers / Montreal Canadiens --- Over/Under:
TV Channel
RDS, FSFL
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NHL | Montreal Canadiens (23-11-2) at Florida Panthers (16-9-8)
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The Montreal Canadiens and Florida Panthers play Tuesday night at the BB&T Center.

The Montreal Canadiens have won six of their last seven games and play their third straight road contest. The Canadiens are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Montreal Canadiens have two power play goals in their last five games and have won six straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Max Pacioretty leads Montreal with 14 goals, P.K. Subban has 15 assists and Tomas Plekanec has 95 shots on goal. Defensively, the Canadiens are allowing 2.4 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last seven games. Dustin Tokarski has allowed 16 goals on 187 shots faced and Carey Price has given up 65 goals on 897 shots.

The Florida Panthers have won four of their last five games and continue to climb in the Atlantic. The Panthers are averaging 2.2 goals per game and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The Florida Panthers have two power play goals in their last nine games and have won eight of their last 10 games when scoring at least three goals overall. Nick Bjugstad leads Florida with 12 goals, Jussi Jokinen has 15 assists and Aaron Ekblad has 65 shots on goal. Defensively, the Panthers are allowing 2.5 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last 10 games. Al Montoya has allowed 17 goals on 200 shots faced and Roberto Luongo has given up 62 goals on 788 shots.

The Canadiens are 36-16 in their last 52 vs. Eastern Conference and 2-5 in their last 7 road games. The Panthers are 4-0 in their last 4 home games and 31-65 in their last 96 games playing on 1 days rest. The Canadiens are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

I've been saying it all year that the Florida Panthers are that playoff sleeper that will make some major noise. It's finally starting to pay off, huh? If you've been following me all year, you know the drill. Keep backing the Panthers until that money train stops paying. 

Pick:
Florida Panthers

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