Panthers, Canadiens on NHL lines

Many didn’t expect the Montreal Canadiens (1-4-2) to be struggling this bad early in the season. They hope a visit from the Florida Panthers (4-3-0), whom the Canadiens have won three straight against, gives them a boost in the win column in NHL betting action on Monday night.

Montreal will be home favorites at 5Dimes in this contest, but the Canadiens have failed to win in three games where they have been the oddsmakers' choice. Florida is 2-3 as an underdog this season, and they did split a pair of games in Montreal last season.

Some key injuries to the defense and the loss of Scott Gomez makes the Canadiens a team that is more vulnerable as a betting favorite. The head-to-head record in favor of the Canadiens might be what gives them an edge on the NHL betting lines among bettors.

Buffalo will be looking for revenge in NHL betting action on Tuesday at 5Dimes when the Tampa Bay Lightning come to town for the second game of a home-and-home set with the Sabres. Tampa Bay shut out the Sabres 3-0 on Saturday as a slight -101 favorite at most sportsboooks.

The Sabres have won three of the last four at home head-to-head, and that should make them the popular choice on the NHL betting lines for this matchup. The first game between the two went UNDER the posted total, and with the goaltending of Ryan Miller it should make for another low-scoring affair.

An interesting NHL betting matchup on Wednesday at 5Dimes has the Vancouver Canucks (4-3-1)  trying to keep their winning ways going against the St. Louis Blues (4-4-0), who feel comfortable playing on the west coast. The Blues have also won back-to-back games like the Canucks.

St. Louis has earned a split in four games with the Canucks in Vancouver and they could be the best upset bet possibility of the night. Five straight head-to-head have made winners of UNDER bettors in totals betting.

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