Panthers vs. Canadiens Prediction - NHL Picks for 1/19/23

Montreal Canadiens (19-23-3) vs Florida Panthers (21-20-5)

Game Info: Thursday, January 19, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)

Betting Odds: Montreal Canadiens +195 / Florida Panthers -245 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Florida Panthers will play the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

Florida Preview

The Florida Panthers are 21-20-5 this season after they lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs in overtime by a score of 5-4 in their last game. Florida was out shot by a total of 37-19 and went 1-3 on the power play in the loss. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.28 goals per game, 3.41 goals against per game, 22.2% on the power play, and 75.4% on the penalty kill. Matthew Tkachuk has led the Panthers with 22 goals, 34 assists, and 156 shots on goal this season. The projected starting goalie for Florida is Sergei Bobrovsky, who is 12-13-2 this season with a 3.25 goals against average and a .897 save percentage.

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Montreal Preview

The Montreal Canadiens are 19-23-3 this season after they defeated the Winnipeg Jets by a score of 4-1 in their last game. Montreal out shot Winnipeg by a total of 28-26 and went 0-3 on the power play in the game. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.58 goals per game, 3.62 goals against per game, 15.8% on the power play, and 74.8% on the penalty kill. Nick Suzuki has led the Canadiens with 16 goals, 21 assists, and 81 shots on goal this season. The projected starting goalie for Montreal is Sam Montembeault, who is 9-7-2 this season with a 3.05 goals against average and a .912 save percentage.


Florida is 22-10 in their last 32 Thursday games and 57-20 in their last 77 games against a team with a losing record. The under is 5-2-1 in Florida’s last 8 road games. Montreal is 0-5 in their last 5 games against the Atlantic and 1-7 in their last 8 games following a win. The under is 4-1 in Montreal’s last 5 games. The over is 5-0 in these two teams last 5 head to head meetings.


Montreal comes into this game after winning three of their last four games and has played much better defense in this span. Florida has won two of their last three games, but they are only 10-14-2 on the road this season. I think we are getting some value with the home team and I am going to take them to win.

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