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NHL Game Preview - Canadiens underdogs vs Panthers at Florida

Montreal CanadiensFlorida Panthers
Dec 31, 7:00 PM | BankAtlantic Center

Montreal Canadiens vs Florida Panthers Odds

14-17-7TEAM RECORD19-12-7

Florida will try to be nasty hosts on Saturday when the Montreal Canadiens pay a visit to BankAtlantic Center.

The Panthers sit at 19-12-7 on the season; in comparison, the Canadiens are currently 14-17-7. Looking to wager on the totals? Florida is 17-18-3 OU, and Montreal is 17-18-3 OU.

View Montreal vs Florida Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had installed the Panthers as -140 moneyline favorites in this particular NHL matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 5 before betting started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
The NHL Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 18-rated Canadiens taking on the No. 16-rated Panthers in this contest.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Florida's No. 19-ranked offense, averaging 2.6 goals per game, against a Canadiens defense that ranks No. 15 at 2.8 goals allowed. The Panthers power play is averaging 19.1% while the Canadiens defense kills off 89.1% of their penalties.

Montreal lost its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Lightning on December 29. Bettors who backed the Lightning at -101 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Florida lost its last outing, a 4-1 result against the Rangers on December 30. Bettors who backed the Rangers at -125 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent PUSH bettors to the payout window.

Montreal Canadiens Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Winnipeg are 5-5
After playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After a loss are 3-7

Florida Panthers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing NY Rangers are 4-6
After playing NY Rangers are 2-8
After a loss are 5-5

A few Canadiens at Panthers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Montreal's last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Montreal's last 8 games when playing Florida
Montreal is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Florida
Montreal is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games when playing Florida
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Florida's last 8 games when playing Montreal
Florida is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games when playing Montreal
Florida is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Montreal
Florida is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Montreal home to Winnipeg, Wednesday, January 4
Florida at NY Rangers, Thursday, January 5

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