Montreal Canadiens vs Florida Panthers Prediction, 3/16/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Montreal Canadiens vs Florida Panthers
Date: Thursday, March 16, 2023
Location: FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, FL
TV: Bally Sports Florida
Odds/Point Spread: Canadiens (+240) Panthers (-300)
The Florida Panthers (33-27-7) host the Montreal Canadiens (27-35-6) at FLA Live Arena on Thursday. The moneyline on this game has Montreal at +240 and Florida is opening at -300. The over/under has been set at 7.
The Montreal Canadiens were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 6-4 win against the Penguins in their previous game. The Canadiens had a impressive offensive output in the victory. In the game, they scored on 6 of the 22 shots they put on goal. Additionally, they had 2 power play chances but weren't able to convert one of them into a goal. Montreal accounted for 10 penalty minutes in this matchup.
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Concerning their goal scoring prowess, the Montreal Canadiens have racked up 186 goals (27th in hockey) for the year and have surrendered 246. For the current season, they have scored 60 points and their points percentage is sitting at .441. Montreal comes into the game with 201 power play opportunities and they have tallied 32 goals out of those tries, garnering them a rate of 15.92%. While at even strength, the Canadiens have conceded 184 goals while notching 154 on the offensive side of the ice. Montreal has attempted 1,869 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 10.0%. The Canadiens so far have had 2,304 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .893. Montreal Canadiens opponents have 225 power play tries (7th in hockey) and have scored 62 goals in those attempts.
The man in goal for this game is Jake Allen. Allen has participated in 392 contests during his NHL career. He has a win-loss record of 182-148-38 and he was named the starter in 372 games. Opponents have notched 987 goals versus Allen in his professional hockey career and his average for goals against per game is 2.68. Allen has seen 10,884 shots against him and has gathered 9,897 saves. His save percentage sits at .909 for his 22,063 minutes on the ice. During his career on the ice, Allen has compiled 197 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .530.
In their last outing, Florida faced off against the Jets in an outing where the Panthers ended up losing by a score of 5-4. They had 5 power play opportunities in this game and notched 3 out of those chances. The Panthers netted 4 goals out of the 48 shots on goal they were seeking.
Florida has tried 2,473 shots (1st in the league) and has earned a shot percentage of 9.18%, while allowing the other team 2,132 shots. They have earned a penalty kill percentage of 74.29% on their oppositions 245 power play chances, and their save percentage comes in at 89.4%. They have a tally of 226 opportunities on the power play and they have a power play percentage of 22.12%. The Panthers have earned 177 goals at even strength and 50 goals (11th in the league) while on the power play. They have granted a total of 225 goals to be scored by way of 162 goals at even strength and 63 goals while they had less men on the ice. During this campaign, the Florida Panthers have earned a total of 227 goals, 73 points, and a points percentage of .545.
Across the ice you are going to see Sergei Bobrovsky defending the goal. Bobrovsky has accumulated a lifetime record of 357-204-51 and has played in 636 games. Bobrovsky's quality start percentage comes out to 57.4% and he has accumulated 356 quality starts in his pro career. He has accrued 17,073 saves out of the 18,654 shots tried, giving him a save percentage of .915. The opposition is averaging 2.60 goals/game and he has conceded 1,581 goals overall. He has started in 620 contests and has played 36,553 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy's Pick: Take Florida (-300)
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