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Montreal favored by -200 against Florida on Monday

Florida Panthers

Montreal Canadiens
16-20-6 January 06, 2014, 07:30 PM | Bell Centre 24-14-5

Montreal will try to be nasty hosts on Monday when the Florida Panthers pay a visit to Bell Centre.

Montreal battles the Panthers, currently with a 16-20-6 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 14-24-5 for the Canadiens and 19-18-5 for the Panthers.

View Florida Panthers vs Montreal Canadiens Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 181 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including 5Dimes. The total opened at 5 for those preferring over under wagers, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

The Canadiens sit at No. 24 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Panthers sit at a No. 22 on the same chart.

Florida won its last outing, a 5-4 result against the Predators on January 4. Bettors who backed the Panthers at -120 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

The Canadiens were a 4-3 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Senators. That made winners of bettors who got Ottawa at +135 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Montreal's No. 20-ranked offense (2.6 goals per game) against a Panthers defense that ranks No. 27 at 3.19 goals per game allowed. The Canadiens powerplay has clicked at a 20.39% rate while the Panthers have a 74.62% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Florida at Buffalo, Thursday, January 9th
Montreal at Philadelphia, Wednesday, January 8th