Montreal Canadiens vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 8/21/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Montreal Canadiens vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 8/21/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Flyers (47-23-7) at Montreal Canadiens (36-35-9)

NHL Hockey: Friday, August 21, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

The Line: Montreal Canadiens +115 / Philadelphia Flyers -135 --- Over/Under: 5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers meet Friday in game six of the NHL East First Round at the Scotiabank Arena.   

The Montreal Canadiens need a win here to save their season and force a game seven on Sunday. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.33 goals per game and are scoring on 12.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Jesperi Kotkaniemi leads Montreal with four goals, Jonathan Drouin has four assists and Brendan Gallagher has 37 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 1.78 goals per game and are killing 82.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 15 goals on 265 shots faced.

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The Philadelphia Flyers look for a bounce back performance to advance to the next playoff series. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 2.38 goals per game and are scoring on 11.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Jake Voracek leads Philadelphia with four goals, Kevin Hayes has five assists and Claude Giroux has 18 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 1.75 goals per game and are killing 82.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hart has allowed 11 goals on 197 shots faced and Brian Elliott has allowed two goals on 23 shots.

The Flyers are 38-14 in their last 52 games as a favorite, 36-17 in their last 53 vs. Eastern Conference and 20-6 in their last 26 overall. The Canadiens are 4-1 in their last 5 Friday games, 2-6 in their last 8 Conference Quarterfinals games and 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win. The under is 10-1 in Flyers last 11 overall. The under is 5-1 in Canadiens last 6 overall. The Flyers are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Montreal. The under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

Right when you're ready to count out the Montreal Canadiens, they put together a solid performance to stay in this series, and they showed some serious offensive firepower in their game five victory. If the Canadiens can build on that success they should like their chances in this contest, as Price continues to give them a chance in net. In another must win game, I like the value of the plus money with the Canadiens, a team with a proven goalie, which can do wonders in these sort of spots. Give me the Habs.

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Randy’s Pick Montreal Canadiens +115

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.