Montreal Canadiens vs. Florida Panthers - 2/1/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Florida Panthers (28-16-5) at Montreal Canadiens (23-22-7)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 2:00 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -112 / Florida Panthers +102 --- Over/Under: 6
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The Florida Panthers and the Montreal Canadiens meet in NHL action from the Bell Centre on Saturday afternoon.
The Florida Panthers will look to add to their current six-game winning streak after a 4-3 win over Chicago last time out. The game was scoreless through the opening 20 minutes before Evgenii Dadonov opened the scoring 4:43 into the 2nd period and Frank Vatrano doubled the lead just 1:31 later. Vatrano made it 3-0 with his 2nd tally of the game just after the midway point of the 2nd before Chicago finally got on the board just over three minutes later. Vatrano would respond and complete his hat trick in the dying second of the 2nd period to give the Panthers a 4-1 lead heading to the 3rd. Chicago pulled one back four minutes into the 3rd and made it 4-3 with just over a minute to go, but it was too little too late as Florida held on for the victory. Sergei Bobrovsky got the win to improve to 19-12-4 on the year after stopping 32 of 36 shots faced in the winning effort.
The Montreal Canadiens will look to build some steam after a 3-1 win over Buffalo last time out. The Sabres opened the scoring with the lone goal of the opening period before Ilya Kovalchuk tied the game at one just :44 into the 2nd and Brendan Gallagher gave the Habs the lead just 2:21 later. The Canadiens would ride that lead through the rest of the 2nd and most of the 3rd before Tomas Tatar iced the win for Montreal with an empty-netter late in the 3rd. Carey Price got the win to improve to 21-17-4 on the year after stopping 20 of 21 shots faced in the victory.
Florida is 6-0 in their last 6 games overall and 4-0 in last 4 road games while the over is 18-7-2 in their last 27 division games. Montreal is 4-14 in their last 18 home games and 3-8 in their last 11 division games while the under is 6-1-1 in their last 8 games overall. Florida is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Montreal.
This line feels extremely fishy to me, but if it’s a trap, call me a sucker, I’m biting. We’re getting plus money with a rested Florida team that had won six straight going into the all-star break, and maybe the break wasn’t a good thing for that winning streak but the Panthers are still the better team coming into this one and I just think that right or wrong you have to take a shot with the value on Florida here.