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GameDay 2022: Lines, Betting Odds for Canadiens at Panthers



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Anthony Duclair celebrates Thursday’s 9-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning with goalie Spencer Knight as Maxim Mamin — who scored his fourth of the season — skates over. // Photo courtesy @FlaPanthers

SUNRISE — Happy New Year to everyone! How about we ring in 2022 with a little hockey? On Saturday afternoon, the Florida Panthers kickoff the New Year by playing host to the Montreal Canadiens at FLA Live Arena.

The Panthers, obviously, ended 2021 in style.

Florida has won its past two games, beating the Rangers and Lightning by a combined 13-6.

The Panthers put up nine against the Lightning on Thursday night, the second-most goals they have ever scored in a single game and most since beating the Bruins 10-5 back in 1997 — the final season the team played at Miami Arena.

Florida is 16-3 at home this season.

“We always like to have the crowd behind us,’’ Sasha Barkov said. “It has been unreal for us all season. We love to play here.

“Whenever we win, it is so much fun to play here. We just want to keep winning and we play against this team a lot in the past and this season too. Always the same mindset that we gotta beat these guys and it is always fun when you do.”

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Florida obviously took advantage of the Lightning being without All-World goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy and hope to do the same this afternoon against old pal Sam Montembeault.

Montembeault, lost on waivers to the Canadiens during the preseason, has started their past two games.

The Canadiens put up a fight in Tampa against the Lightning in a 5-4 loss on Tuesday but were downed 4-0 at Carolina on Thursday.

Florida would like to keep this successful homestand going.

The Panthers play host to a decimated Canadiens team today and Calgary on Tuesday night before hitting the road again.

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On Thursday, the Panthers were without Sam Bennett whom Andrew Brunette said wasn’t feeling good and was told to stay home.

Frank Vatrano got back into the lineup after being scratched Wednesday and scored a goal with an assist in the blowout of the Lightning.

As has been the case with many teams around the league, Montreal has been hit hard by Covid cases and has been forced to fill its roster with a lot of AHL players.

It has been a rough year for the Canadiens even before their recent lineup problems as they sit in last place in the Eastern Conference after making a surprising run to the Stanley Cup Finals just a few months ago.

The Panthers are heavy, heavy betting favorites in this one.




23 Carter Verhaeghe // 16 Sasha Barkov // 98 Maxim Mamin

11 Jonathan Huberdeau // 9 Sam Bennett // 10 Anthony Duclair

77 Frank Vatrano // 13 Sam Reinhart // 17 Mason Marchment

74 Owen Tippett  // 15 Anton Lundell // 70 Patric Hornqvist

52 MacKenzie Weegar // 5 Aaron Ekblad

42 Gus Forsling // 7 Radko Gudas

32 Lucas Carlsson // 62 Brandon Montour

72 Sergei Bobrovsky

35 Jonas Johansson

Scratched: Ryan Lomberg, Joe Thornton, Eetu Luostarinen

Injured: Noel Acciari (LTIR), Markus Nutivaara (LTIR)

Taxi Squad: Spencer Knight, Matt Kiersted, Chase Priskie

Covid Protocol: Olli Juolevi


42 Lukas Vejdemo // 14 Nick Suzuki // 11 Brendan Gallagher

49 Rafael Harvey-Pinard // 25 Ryan Poehling // 22 Cole Caufield

60 Alex Belzile // 71 Jake Evans // 56 Jesse Ylonen

13 Cedric Paquette // 55 Michael Pezzetta // 81 Brandon Baddock

27 Alexander Romanov // 58 David Savard

77 Brett Kulak // 43 Cale Clague

64 Corey Schueneman // 15 Sami Niku

35 Sam Montembeault

70 Michael McNiven

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