Montreal Canadiens at Florida Panthers Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 3/28/2014
Saturday, March 29, 7:00 PM on CBC, RDS, FSFL
BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida
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The Montreal Canadiens were able to beat the Florida Panthers 2-1 the last time the teams played one another. The Canadiens relied heavily on goaltender Carey Price, who was able to save all 16 of the shots that he faced in the final period.
David Desharnais got Montreal out to an early lead by scoring and getting the assist from Max Pacioretty. It wasn't an easy goal by any means, as Desharnais first missed the puck altogether before beating Panthers goalie Tim Thomas on his second try.
Sean Bergenheim, who had four shots in that final period, was able to get one back for the Panthers later in the first period. Rookie Aleksander Barkov assisted on the goal, giving him a team-best 15 helpers on the year and also extended his points streak to six games. Brian Gionta scored the eventual game-winner for the Canadiens at the 15:46 mark of the second period.
Price had 26 saves on the night, but it was his ability to keep the Panthers off of the scoreboard in the third period that impressed the most. Florida had 11 players take shots at Price, but the seven-year vet made fantastic save after fantastic save to maintain the host's lead. This was the first time the Canadiens beat the Panthers this season after losing the first two matchups.
Thomas had a good game himself for the Panthers, stopping 33 of the 35 shots he faced on the night.
Montreal is 20-16 straight up on the road this season
Montreal is 13-19-4 against the over/under on the road this season
Florida is 14-20 straight up at home this season
Florida is 15-17-2 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
10/17/13 D Davis Drewiske Shoulder out 5-6 months
03/26/14 LW Travis Moen Concussion is downgraded to expected to miss at least a week
03/25/14 RW Dale Weise Wrist out indefinitely
03/21/14 LW Brandon Prust Ribs out indefinitely
03/15/14 LW Michael Bournival Concussion out indefinitely
03/11/14 D Josh Gorges Hand expected to miss 4 weeks
03/25/14 D Erik Gudbranson Knee questionable
03/21/14 D Alex Petrovic Upper Body out indefinitely
03/19/14 C Jonathan Huberdeau Upper Body questionable
02/24/14 C Aleksander Barkov Knee out 4-6 weeks
02/20/14 RW Tomas Kopecky Concussion out indefinitely
01/21/14 D Mike Mottau Leg out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Florida
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