Montreal Canadiens vs. Florida Panthers Preview (12/29/19)

The Montreal Canadiens will be on the road Sunday taking the ice against the Panthers at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Canadiens will be looking for their second win in three games following a 4-5 loss against the Lightning in Tampa Bay on Saturday. The Panthers will be looking for back-to-back wins after beating the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 at home Saturday night.

Montreal Canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens are now 18-14-6 on the season following a 4-5 loss against the Lightning in Tampa Bay. The Canadiens were able to outshoot the Lightning 43-30 in the game while winning 37 of 61 faceoffs. Montreal was able to score a goal on one of their two power-play opportunities while defending the net the only time they were forced to skate shorthanded. They had 13 blocked shots and four takeaways in the game.

The Canadiens have been good for an average of 3.22 goals per game this season while giving up 3.14 to their opponents. They have been able to fire 35.2 shots per game while allowing 31.4 on the defensive end of the ice. Montreal has scored 22 power-play goals for a 22.7 conversion rate to go with a 75.2 penalty kill percentage.

Florida Panthers

The Panthers are now 19-13-5 following a 5-4 win at home against the Detroit Red Wings. Florida was outshot 30-39 in the game while winning just 24 of 63 faceoffs. The Panthers were able to score a goal on two of their three power-play opportunities while defending the net both of the times they were forced to skate with a man in the box. They had 19 blocked shots and 14 takeaways in the game.

Florida has been able to find the back of the net for an average of 3.44 goals per game for the season while giving up 3.28 to their opponents. They have been able to fire an average of 33.3 shots per game while allowing 31.7 on the defensive end of the ice. They have 27 power-play goals this season for a 23.3 conversion rate to go with a 79.3 penalty kill percentage.

Previous 10 games head-to-head

The Canadiens have gotten the best of Florida in their previous 10 meetings with a 6-4-0 record. The over/under has gone 5-4 throughout the stretch. Montreal has been able to put the puck in the net for an average of 3.40 goals per game during the 10-game span while giving up an average of 2.40 to the Panthers.

As of late Saturday, both the lines and the total were off for this game.

The total has gone over in four of the Canadiens’ previous five games.

The Canadiens are 6-3 in their previous nine games. 

The Canadiens are 4-10 in their previous 14 games vs. the Eastern Conference. 

The Panthers are 4-1 in their previous five games.

The Panthers are 2-4 in their previous six games vs. the Atlantic division.

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