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Florida Panthers vs Montreal Canadiens Preview

Montreal Canadiens

Florida Panthers
23-13-3 December 29, 2013, 05:00 PM | BB&T Center 14-20-5

The Florida Panthers look to emerge victorious in NHL odds action as the Canadiens arrive at BankAtlantic Center on Sunday.

The Canadiens will look to vanquish their hosts on Sunday, as they are 23-13-3 this season, while the Panthers are 14-20-5. Montreal is 11-24-4 against the total, while Florida is 18-17-4 versus the number.

View Montreal Canadiens vs Florida Panthers Odds and Stats.

The Panthers were listed earlier today as 119 moneyline underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 5.

The Panthers sit at No. 18 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Canadiens sit at a No. 19 on the same chart.

In their last action, Montreal was a 2-1 winner on the road against the Lightning. Bettors on Montreal at +105 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

The Panthers were a 4-3 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Red Wings. That made winners of bettors who got Detroit at +100 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Florida's No. 26-ranked offense, averaging 2.33 goals per game, against a Canadiens defense that ranks No. 3 at 2.18 goals allowed. The Panthers power play is averaging 11.45% while the Canadiens defense kills off 86.72% of their penalties.

A few Canadiens at Panthers trends to consider:
Montreal is 12-5-1 SU in its last 18 games
Montreal is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Florida
Florida is 5-9-1 SU in its last 15 games at home
Florida is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Montreal

Next up:
Montreal at Hartford , Tuesday, December 31st
Florida home to New York, Tuesday, December 31st