Montreal Canadiens vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 10/24/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia Flyers (2-2-1) at Montreal Canadiens (4-0-1)
NHL Hockey: Monday, October 24, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -147 / Philadelphia Flyers +118 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN, RDS
The Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens square off in a NHL showdown Monday night at the Bell Centre.
The Philadelphia Flyers could use a nice road victory after a 2-2-1 start to the NHL season. The Flyers are averaging 3.8 goals per game and are scoring on 19 percent of their power play opportunities. Matt Read leads Philadelphia with five goals, Jakub Voracek has five assists and Wayne Simmonds has 14 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 3.8 goals per game and are killing 77.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Steve Mason has given up 12 goals on 102 shots faced and Michal Neuvirth has allowed six goals on 41 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 10 regular season games.
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The Montreal Canadiens look to keep the puck rolling after an impressive 4-0-1 start to the NHL season. The Canadiens are averaging four goals per game and are scoring on 14.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with three goals, Shea Weber has four assists and David Desharnais has seven shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 1.6 goals per game and are killing 92 percent of their opponents power plays. Al Montoya has given up four goals on 105 shots faced and Carey Price has allowed four goals on 50 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have scored three or more goals in seven straight regular season games.
The Flyers are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record and 4-1 in their last 5 Monday games. The Canadiens are 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 6-1 in their last 7 overall. The Flyers are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Montreal and the home team is 20-6 in the last 26 meetings.
As if it wasn't tough enough to fade the Montreal Canadiens, you see that the home team has won 20 of the last 26 meetings between these two clubs. The Canadiens are off to one of the better starts in the NHL and have an offense that's been on fire since the end of last season. While the Flyers have held their own the first week of the season, the Canadiens at home have to be the play given their current form right now.