Florida Panthers at Montreal Canadiens - 3/24/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Florida Panthers at Montreal Canadiens - 3/24/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens (17-36-10) vs Florida Panthers (42-14-6)

Game Info: Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)

Betting Odds: Montreal Canadiens +235 / Florida Panthers -303 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Montreal Canadiens host the Florida Panthers in Thursday NHL Action.

The Florida Panthers come into this road contest with an overall record of 42-14-6. Through 62 games, the Panthers are 1st in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 254 times, good for a rank of 1st among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Florida is the 10th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.84 goals per game. So far, the Panthers have a strength of schedule rating of 15th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 1st ranked team in the NHL.

The Montreal Canadiens get set to host the Florida Panthers with an overall record of 17-36-10. This mark places them 8th in the Atlantic division. Through 63 games, the Canadiens have scored 160 goals, giving them an average of 2.51. This output gives them a rank of 31st among NHL teams. On defense, Montreal is the 31st ranked unit, giving up 3.76 goals per contest. So far, the Canadiens have played the 19th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Montreal's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 32nd in the NHL.

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Through 62 games, the Florida Panthers' leading goal scorer is Aleksander Barkov. With his 36 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 62. On the season, he is turning 16.7% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Panthers have benefited from the strong play of Jonathan Huberdeau, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Florida's 62 games, he has come up with 21 goals on a shooting percentage of 12.5%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of 25. Florida's top goalie is Sergei Bobrovsky, who is giving up an average of 2.57 goals per game. In his 41 games played, he has turned in 25 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 63 games, the Montreal Canadiens' goal and overall scoring leader is Nick Suzuki, with 46 points. He has reached his mark of 17 goals, on a shooting percentage of 11.6%. So far, 41.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Cole Caufield, who has 17 assists to go along with his 13 goals. However, when on the ice, the Canadiens are -13 in scoring differential. Montreal's top goalie is Sam Montembeault, who is giving up an average of 3.71 goals per game. In his 31 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 38 percent of the time.

In Florida's 62 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 37-23-2. So far, the team has been less likely to go over the betting line when playing on the road, going just 14-15-1. On the season, 68.0% of Florida's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 58% of the scoring coming from the Panthers. In Montreal's 63 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 36-25-2. So far, taking the over when the Canadiens are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 16-14-1. On the season, 60.0% of Montreal's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 40.0% of the scoring coming from the Canadiens. With a line set at 6.5 goals, I recommend taking the under, as Montreal will have trouble finding the net, keeping the combined total below the betting line.

 

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