In their second head-to-head meeting of the regular season, the Montreal Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers take the ice at the Wells Fargo Center for an Eastern Conference showdown. The match gets going at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 20, and it will be showcased live on Reseau Des Sports.
Montreal Canadiens at Philadelphia Flyers Odds
Philadelphia enters the contest as the substantial favorite with a moneyline of -170. The line for Montreal sits at +150, and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals. The odds for betting that total sit at -120 for the over and +100 for the under.
Losing -1.6 units for moneyline bettors, the Flyers are 30-29 straight up (SU) overall thus far. That early-season winning percentage is fairly close to what the team produced during the 2016-17 season (39-43). Of its 59 games this season, 32 have gone over the total, while 25 have gone under and just two have pushed. The team’s 14-15 SU at home this year.
Philadelphia’s connected on 21.4 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 28th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 75.1 percent of all penalties.
As a collective unit, Philadelphia has been whistled for penalties just 3.6 times per game overall this season, and 2.4 per game over its last five games. The team’s had to defend opponent power plays for just 6.6 minutes per game over its last five matchups, in total.
With a .908 save percentage and 26.3 saves per game, Brian Elliott (22-19-7) has been the best goalkeeper for the Flyers this year. If they choose to give him a breather, however, head coach Dave Hakstol may turn to Michal Neuvirth (9-12-12 record, .915 save percentage, 2.61 goals against average).
Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek will each spearhead the attack for the Flyers. Giroux (69 points) has produced 20 goals and 49 assists and has recorded two or more points 19 times this year. Voracek has 11 goals and 53 assists to his name and has notched at least one point in 38 contests.
Montreal is 22-36 straight up (SU) and has lost 17.7 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far. A total of 31 of its matches have gone under the total, while 25 have gone over and just two have pushed. Montreal’s 8-20 SU as the road team this season.
Montreal has scored on 21.6 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that places it in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 27th overall and it’s successfully defended 77.3 percent of all opponent power plays.
Montreal’s players have been penalized 3.7 times per game in total this season, and 3.0 per game over their last five on the road. The team has had to kill penalties just 6.5 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Carey Price (.904 save percentage and 2.98 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Montreal. Price is averaging 27.2 saves per game and owns a 15-27-5 record.
Max Pacioretty (16 goals, 19 assists) and Alex Galchenyuk (12 goals, 22 assists) have been the top playmakers for Montreal and will lead the attack for the visiting Canadiens.
Montreal Canadiens at Philadelphia Flyers Free Picks
Free Pick: SU Winner – Flyers, O/U – Under
Montreal is 2-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while Philadelphia is 1-5 in shootouts.
Eight of Montreal’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 2-6 in those games.
Montreal skaters have accounted for the league’s third-most hits per game (25.6).