Montreal Canadiens at Florida Panthers - 3/29/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Florida Panthers (44-15-6) vs Montreal Canadiens (18-37-11)
Game Info: Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at 7:00 pm (FLA Live Arena)
Betting Odds: Florida Panthers -455 / Montreal Canadiens +335 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Florida Panthers host the Montreal Canadiens in Tuesday NHL Action.
The Montreal Canadiens come into this road contest with an overall record of 18-37-11. Through 66 games, the Canadiens are 8th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 169 times, good for a rank of 31st among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Montreal is the 31st ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.71 goals per game. So far, the Canadiens have a strength of schedule rating of 14th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 32nd ranked team in the NHL.
The Florida Panthers get set to host the Montreal Canadiens with an overall record of 44-15-6. This mark places them 1st in the Atlantic division. Through 65 games, the Panthers have scored 264 goals, giving them an average of 4.02. This output gives them a rank of 1st among NHL teams. On defense, Florida is the 11th ranked unit, giving up 2.88 goals per contest. So far, the Panthers have played the 22nd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Florida's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 1st in the NHL.
Through 66 games, the Montreal Canadiens goal and overall scoring leader is Nick Suzuki with 49 points. He has reached his mark of 18 goals, on a shooting percentage of 11.5%. So far, 44.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Cole Caufield, who has 19 assists to go along with his 14 goals. However, when on the ice, the Canadiens are --14 in scoring differential. Montreal's top goalie is Sam Montembeault, who is giving up an average of 3.64 goals per game.
Through 65 games, Florida's leading goal scorer is Aleksander Barkov. With his 28 goals and 36 assists, he is second in overall points, coming in at 64. On the season, he is turning 16.8% 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 65 games, he has come up with 21 goals on a shooting percentage of 12.1%. 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 42 games played, he has turned in 26 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
On the season, the Montreal Canadiens have a per-game scoring differential of -1.18. Things haven't gone any better on the road as they losing road games by an average of -1.42 goals. As the Montreal Canadiens get set to take on the Panthers, they have a below .500 record over their past five games, going 2-3. During this stretch, they have scored 16 goals, accounting for 55% of the scoring in these contests. Look for the Panthers to take care of business at home, easily picking up the win over Montreal.
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