Montreal Canadiens at Philadelphia Flyers Game Preview 1/16/20

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The Wells Fargo Center will play host to an enticing matchup as the Montreal Canadiens pay a visit to Eastern PA to face the Philadelphia Flyers. It’s the third and final time that these two clubs will go at it in the regular season. The opening face-off takes place at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 16, and fans at home are able to witness this Eastern Conference matchup live on NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Philadelphia Flyers Odds

Moneyline and Over/Under (O/U) odds have not yet been posted for this matchup.

The Flyers are 25-22 straight-up (SU) and have netted moneyline bettors 1.3 units this year. That early-season winning percentage is a welcome improvement over the 37-45 record from last year’s regular season campaign. Through 47 regular season outings, 24 of the team’s games have gone over the total, while 21 have gone under and just one has pushed. The team is 15-7 SU at home this season.

Philadelphia’s converted on 19.2 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 12th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.1 percent of all penalties.

As a collective unit, Philly has been called for penalties 3.4 times per game overall this season, 4.0 per game over its last five contests total, and 3.8 per game over its last five home outings. The team’s had to stave off opposition power plays for just 7.2 minutes per game over its last 10 matchups, in total.

Averaging 22.1 saves per game with a .905 save percentage, Carter Hart (15-17-3) has been the top goalkeeper for the Flyers this year. If head coach Alain Vigneault chooses to give him a rest, however, the team could roll with Brian Elliott (10-12-12 record, .897 save percentage, 3.14 goals against average).

The Flyers will continue to look for leadership from Sean Couturier and Travis Konecny. Couturier (41 points) is up to 13 goals and 28 assists and has recorded multiple points nine times this year. Konecny has 15 goals and 25 assists to his credit and has notched a point in 29 contests.

Montreal has lost 13.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year and is currently 20-28 straight up (SU). Through 48 regular season matches, 23 of its games have gone under the total, while 22 have gone over and just two have pushed. As an away team, Montreal is 11-12 SU so far.

Montreal has converted on 20.5 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 23rd overall and it’s successfully killed off 78.0 percent of all opponent power plays.

Montreal’s skaters have been called for penalties only 3.3 times per game this season, 3.2 per game over their last five match ups total, and 3.4 per game over their last five on the road. The team’s been forced to kill penalties just 7.2 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Carey Price (27.3 saves per game) has been the main option in the net for Montreal. Price owns an 18-20-4 record, and has registered a .907 save percentage and 2.87 goals against average this year.

Leading the offensive push for the visiting Canadiens will be Tomas Tatar (16 goals, 24 assists) and Max Domi (12 goals, 21 assists).

Montreal Canadiens vs. Philadelphia Flyers Betting Picks

Free Pick: SU Winner – Canadiens, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • Philadelphia is 5-5 in games decided by a shootout this season while Montreal is 2-1 in shootouts.
  • For both of these clubs, the total has gone over in three of their last five outings.
  • Montreal’s attempted 34.9 shots per game overall this season (the second-most in the NHL), and 32.9 in its last 10 outings.
  • Over Montreal’s last ten games, four of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 1-3 in those games).
  • Montreal skaters have accounted for the fourth-most hits in the league (27.6 per game), but that number’s down to just 23.6 hits over their last five away games.