Panthers blank the Canadiens
The Florida Panthers won their fifth in a row, and handed a fourth consecutive defeat to the Montreal Canadiens, as the hosts ran out 2-0 winners.
Connor Brickley and Vincent Trocheck were on target for the Panthers who have not won any of the five games by more than two goals as they have beaten the Arizona Coyotes, Minnesota Wild, Ottawa Senators and Philadelphia Flyers, along with the Canadiens, to push their record over .500 for the first time since the third game of the campaign.
A five-game road swing now follows starting on Tuesday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul against the Wild.
Despite the winning streak, Florida, 41.00 to win the Eastern Conference, still trails the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs, tied for second, by nine points in the Atlantic Division.
As the teams head for the halfway point of the season it still looks like it will be the aforementioned Bruins and Maple Leafs, along with the Tampa Bay Lightning, who challenge for the post-season while the Metropolitan Division seems more likely to send five to the play-offs.
Saturday the Bruins, who entertain the Panthers at the TD Garden on Thursday, knocked five past the Ottawa Senators without reply at the Canadian Tire Center.
That's eight in a row for Boston with at least a regulation point and the Bruins have a January schedule that, at least on paper, is very easy.
Boston plays 12 games overall, six at home and six on the road, with only three of the 12 against teams that are currently in a play-off place.
View all Ice Hockey lines