Montreal Canadiens (34-33-9) at Philadelphia Flyers (45-21-7)
NHL Hockey: Friday, August 14, 2020 at 3:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers -155 / Montreal Canadiens +135 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Montreal Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers meet in game two of their Eastern Conference quarter-final series in NHL action from Scotiabank Arena on Friday.
The Montreal Canadiens will try to rebound and get back in the series after Philadelphia ended up winning the opener by a final count of 2-1. Jakub Voracek opened the scoring for the Flyers on the power play less than nine minutes into the game and that lead held well into the second period when Shea Weber would tie the game at one for Montreal with just over five minutes to go in the middle frame. Joel Farabee would restore Philly’s lead almost right after the ensuing faceoff, giving the Flyers a 2-1 lead 16 seconds after Weber tied the game at one. Montreal pressed for a game-tying goal throughout the 3rd, but Philadelphia stood tall and opened the series with a victory.
Carter Hart got the win between the pipes for the Flyers after stopping 27 of 28 shots faced in the winning effort while Carey Price took the loss after giving up both goals on 31 shots faced in defeat.
Montreal is 0-4 in their last 4 conference quarter-final games and 10-3 in their last 13 Friday games while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games against the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia is 37-14 in their last 51 games as a favorite and 35-17 in their last 52 games overall while the under is 7-0 in their last 7 games following a win. Montreal is 3-8 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams and the under is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams as well.
I still think that a goaltender like Carey Price gives Montreal a chance to steal a game whenever he’s between the pipes. The problem is that he played well enough to steal game one and Carter Hart and the Flyers were just better defensively than Montreal and Price. I wonder if we’re starting to see Hart being passed the torch as the next top goaltender in the league, but he still lacks the proven record outside of this season. Either way, the Flyers have been playing the better hockey up to this point and I think they take a 2-0 lead in this series, so I’ll lay the juice with the Flyers in this spot.