Philadelphia Flyers (6-5-1) at Montreal Canadiens (9-1-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 5, 2016, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -204 / Philadelphia Flyers +160 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Montreal Canadiens look to shake off their first regulation loss of the season as they were absolutely waxed last night by a 10-0 final as they take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.
The Flyers look to extend Montreal’s misery with a road victory at the Bell Centre on Saturday night in what is going to be a hostile environment with plenty of Montreal fans on deck ready to show their displeasure with their team from last night’s effort. Philly has had a decent start to the season and have plenty of offensive weapons but we can expect they will be held in check in this one as the Canadiens defense and goaltending surely got blasted last night and with a chance for a rebound here I think the Flyers know they will be in tough to score. The Flyers are expected to send Steve Mason to the crease but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Michal Neuvirth go here as he Is quickly becoming the best option in the Philadelphia crease.
The Canadiens meanwhile can only chalk last night’s effort up as an anomaly as they were down right awful and conceded the first shutout of 10 or more goals in over 20 years as they were blanked 10-0 by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Montreal will surely be ready for tonight’s affair and I don’t envy the Flyers in this spot as you can be sure the mood in the dressing room wasn’t positive after their loss in Columbus and with the talent they have on their roster I expect this one to be back to basics. Carey Price will be back in the crease after Montoya gave up all 10 last night and he will be a welcome sight for the Montreal defense who didn’t play with a ton of confidence with their back up in last night.
The Flyers are 5-1 in their last six in the third game of a 3-4 set and 4-1 in their last five against the East while the Canadiens are 7-0 in their last seven home games and 6-1 in their last seven against the East. With Price back in and last night’s horrible effort behind them I think the Canadiens rebound and get back in the win column tonight.