Panthers vs Canadiens Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/1/2020
Game: Florida Panthers vs Montreal Canadiens
Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020
Location: Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
Odds/Point Spread: Panthers (-105) Canadiens (-105)
Bell Centre is the site where Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens (23-22-7, 5th in the Atlantic Division) will take on the Florida Panthers (28-16-5, 3rd in the Atlantic Division) on Saturday. The line on this game has the Panthers priced at -105 and the Canadiens are also at -105. The O/U opens at 6. The Panthers cover 54.4% of the time, having gone 25-21 SU. Montreal is covering 40.8% of the time, going 20-29 straight up.
The Florida Panthers come into the game with a record of 28 wins and 16 losses, which puts them at 3rd in the Atlantic Division. Thus far in the season, they have converted a total of 180 goals which puts them at 3rd in the conference and 3rd in the NHL. Their goal differential is +20, which puts them at 8th in the NHL. The Panthers currently have a total of 61 points, which puts them at 11th in the NHL and 8th in the Eastern Conference. Regarding shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 1,631 which puts them at 5th in the Eastern Conference and 9th in the NHL. As a unit, Florida has obtained a total of 843 hits which means they have an average of 17.2 per game. They currently have a total of 591 blocks for the season. The goalie for Florida is Sergei Bobrovsky from Ogdensburg, New York. He is 31 years old and has played 2,075 minutes defending the net this year. Bobrovsky is giving up 3.24 goals per game which puts him at 27th among East goalies and 56th in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he has given up 112 goals. He has a save percentage of .898 which puts him at 27th among East goalies.
The Florida Panthers were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 4 - 3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in their previous contest. The Panthers had a solid offensive performance and it showed in this win. While out there on the ice, they netted 4 out of the 26 shots they tried. They also had 3 power play opportunities and netted 1 goal out of those tries. Florida earned 8 penalty mins for this outing. The Corsi for the Panthers was 47 and the Corsi against was 43 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 52.2%. Their Fenwick was 30 and the Fenwick against sat at 33, telling us they have a Fenwick percentage of 47.6%. They earned 26 face-off wins and were beaten on 24 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 46.7% and they had a PDO of 104.3 for this game. Regarding their opponent, the Chicago Blackhawks tallied a total of 35 shots. They ended the game with 6 minutes in the box and they had 4 power play opportunities.
The Canadiens will be the team across the ice and for the season they sit with 23 victories and 22 losses. In connection with goal differential, they are currently sitting 12th in the conference and 20th in the league with -4. They currently have a total of 157 goals for the season which is 8th in the conference. Montreal has a team save percentage of .902 which has them ranked 16th in the league, which tells us scoring chances could present themselves. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.7% ranking them 13th in the Eastern Conference. In net for Montreal is Carey Price who is having an average campaign by surrendering 2.80 goals per game and that places him 15th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 26th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 2,482 mins he's played, he's allowed 116 goals. His save percentage is .909, which has him ranked 16th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 34th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Montreal Canadiens opposed the Buffalo Sabres in an outing where the Canadiens ended up with the win by a final score of 3 - 1. In this game, Montreal had a 56.3% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 49 and the other team having a Corsi of 38. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 55.7% with a Fenwick of 39 and the Sabres earning a 31 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Montreal played and it shows us they played like an average team. Their PDO was 110.0 and they had an oZS percentage of 42.9%. The Canadiens converted 3 goals out of the 30 shots on goal they took. They had 1 power play opportunity in this one but weren't able to score a goal. Concerning the opposition, the Sabres had 3 power play chances and went on to score 1 goal. Montreal gave way to 21 shots on goal and the Sabres ended up with 2 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Florida (-105)
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