Montreal Canadiens vs. Florida Panthers - 12/29/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Montreal Canadiens vs Florida Panthers
Date: Sunday, December 29, 2019
Location: BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Canadiens (-105) Panthers (-115)
Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens (18-13-6, 3rd in the Atlantic Division) travel to BB&T Center on Sunday where they'll take on the Florida Panthers (18-13-5, 4th in the Atlantic Division). The Canadiens open this contest at -105 while the Panthers are coming in at -115. The over/under is set at 6. The Canadiens cover 45.7% of the time, having gone 16-19 SU. Florida is covering 45.5% of the time, going 15-18 straight up.
The Montreal Canadiens head into this game holding a record of 18 victories and 13 losses, which puts them at 3rd in the Atlantic Division. During the season thus far, they have racked up a total of 119 goals which is good for 8th in the conference and 14th in the league. Their goal differential is +3, which puts them at 17th in the league. The Canadiens currently have a total of 42 points, which is good for 17th in the league and 8th in the conference. Regarding shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 1,302 which is good for 2nd in the Eastern Conference and 4th in the league. As a team, Montreal has earned a total of 963 hits which means they are averaging 26 per game. They currently have a total of 450 blocks for the season. The man protecting the goal for Montreal is Carey Price from Farmingville, New York. He is 32 years old and has totaled 1,763 minutes minding the goal this season. Price is giving up 2.86 GAA which places him at 15th in the East and 30th in the NHL among goalies. Over the course of this season, he has allowed 84 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .906 which places him at 20th in the East.
The Montreal Canadiens had a good night with a 6 - 2 win against the Winnipeg Jets in their last contest. The Canadiens had a good offensive output in the win. In this game, they finished 6 out of the 48 shots they put on goal. Additionally, they had 2 power play chances and were able to net 1 goal out of those chances. Montreal had 6 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Canadiens sat at 71 and the Corsi against was 39 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 64.5%. Their Fenwick sat at 58 while the Fenwick against was 30, which means they earned a Fenwick percentage of 65.9%. They earned 31 face-off wins and lost 26 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 51.2% and they had a PDO at even strength of 107.8 for this matchup. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Winnipeg Jets tallied a total of 29 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 4 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 3 power play chances.
The Panthers will be on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 18 victories and 13 losses. in respect to goal differential, they are currently sitting 9th in the conference and 14th in the NHL with +6. They currently have a total of 124 goals for the year which ranks 5th in the East. Florida has a save % as a team of .896 which has them ranked 25th in the NHL, which tells us there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.4% putting them at 6th in the Eastern Conference. In net for Florida is Sergei Bobrovsky who is having a tough year by giving up 3.20 goals per game and that has him ranked 25th among East goalies and 51st among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,631 mins he's been on the ice this season, he has given up 87 goals. He has a save % of .899, which places him at 25th among East goalies and 49th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Florida Panthers went up against the Tampa Bay Lightning in an outing where the Panthers took the loss by a score of 6 - 1. In this matchup, Florida wound up with a 38.3% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 31 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 50. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 40.3% by earning a Fenwick of 25 and the Lightning earning a 37 Fenwick. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Florida had and we're sure they will look for better performances in the future. Their PDO was 88.9 and they earned an oZS percentage of 31.0%. The Panthers netted 1 goal of the 30 shots on goal they attempted. They had 4 power play opportunities in this outing and were able to net 1 out of those opportunities. In discussing their opponent, the Lightning had 4 power play chances and came through by scoring 3 goals. Florida gave up 34 shots on goal and the Lightning earned 8 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Florida (-115)
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