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Panthers Battle for Top of the Atlantic

Florida Panthers NHL

Four teams are competing for the No. 1 position in the Atlantic Division and none of them have yet to clinch a playoff spot. The Florida Panthers are currently in the driver’s seat and can get closer to the Atlantic crown with a win over the Montreal Canadiens in Sunrise Saturday evening.

Shark Bites
  • The Panthers are 13-5 SU in their last 18 versus the Atlantic Division.
  • OVER is 4-1 in Montreal’s last five games overall.
  • Canadiens are 4-1 SU in their last fives visits to Florida.

Online shop Bovada is presently offering the Panthers at -210 in moneyline markets while the Habs come in at +170. OVER 5.5 goals is currently priced at +115 while UNDER 5.5 goals is -145.

The Panthers actually received a little bit of help from the Canadiens Thursday. While the Panthers defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-2, the Habs defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0 and the Panthers were able to reclaim the top spot in the division.

The Panthers and Canadiens have played twice this season and it is the Panthers that have had the decided edge. Florida has skated to victories of 3-1 and 4-1 in the previous two meetings and Saturday’s matchup is the first of two remaining on the regular season schedule.

With the return of the plastic rats as well as some great hockey, there is plenty of buzz surrounding the team and deservedly so. A win Saturday would set a franchise record as well as tighten the grip on the top spot in a highly competitive division.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening NHL betting line for this matchup, Florida sat as -211 favorites over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5.5 at Bovada but may move closer to puck drop.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 2.8-2.6 win for the Canadiens. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Montreal Canadiens vs Florida Panthers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Florida Panthers currently sport a record of 43-25-9. The Montreal Canadiens are 36-36-6. Betting totals have seen the Panthers post a 30-29-18 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Canadiens have gone 37-28-13 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Florida vs Montreal injuries news.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 9-ranked Florida Panthers and the No. 30-rated Montreal Canadiens in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Florida's No. 7-ranked offense, averaging 2.87 goals per game, against a Canadiens defense that ranks No. 22 at 2.87 goals allowed. The Panthers power play is averaging 17.25% while the Canadiens defense kills off 81.86% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Montreal was a 3-0 winner in its last match on the road against the Lightning. They won as +210 underdogs, while the total score of 3 made winners of UNDER bettors.

Last time out for Florida, they were a 3-2 winner as they battled the Devils at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Panthers at -177 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game PUSH for totals bettors.

Betting Trends
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Montreal's last 5 games
  • Montreal is 3-11 SU in its last 14 games on the road
  • Montreal is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing Florida
  • Montreal is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Florida
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Florida's last 6 games
  • Florida is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Florida's last 6 games at home
  • Florida is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Montreal

Next Betting Matchups

Montreal home to Florida, Tuesday, April 5th
Florida at Toronto, Monday, April 4th