Montreal Canadiens vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 10/5/13
Philadelphia Flyers (0-1-0) at Montreal Canadiens (0-1-0)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -136 / Philadelphia Flyers +124 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia Flyers will look to avenge a season opening loss to the Maple Leafs while the Canadiens look to accomplish the same feat as the teams meet in Montreal.
The Flyers had a very tough go last season as they were one of the league’s biggest disappointments, especially considering the hype surrounding the same based from the year previous. Philly has undergone a number of changes but they do still have a large part of their core intact and they should be able to get back to the postseason this year. Steve Mason takes over as the number one netminder after the Flyers parted ways with Ilya Bryzgalov and while Mason struggled at times in the season opener against the Leafs he is still their best option and should give Philly a chance on the road against the Habs. Claude Giroux is emerging as one of the league’s most dynamic players and you can expect back in his home province, much like a number of other Flyers players, they’ll be geared up to put on a stellar effort.
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The Canadiens fell in the opening round to the Ottawa Senators last season and will look to build on that disappointment this year, starting in goal with Carey Price. Montreal has a pretty deep team with some of their youngsters being the focal point including Brendan Gallagher and PK Subban but they’ll need some veteran leadership if they want to find success this season and where that comes from is still to be determined. This is another tough game to gauge as I think both teams are better than their season opening efforts indicated but with goaltending being a question mark in Philly and Carey Price not playing like his former self you never know which team is going to catch the break. For me I think the better play here is on the total and I expect this one to be a full-fledged shootout with each team being able to score at will. If I had to choose a side I would lean on the value with the road dog and take Philly but for now I’m going to suggest laying it down with the over.