Philadelphia Flyers at Montreal Canadiens
|Date & Time||Thursday February 21, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers +122 / Montreal Canadiens -135 -- Over/Under: 6
The Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens meet Thursday in NHL action at the Centre Bell.
The Philadelphia Flyers look for another win after winning 12 of their last 15 games. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 17.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Couturier leads Philadelphia with 24 goals, Claude Giroux has 44 assists and Jakub Voracek has 157 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 77 percent of their opponents power plays. Brian Elliott has given up 35 goals on 407 shots faced and Carter Hart has allowed 52 goals on 653 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 13 games.
The Montreal Canadiens could use a win here after splitting their last 12 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 12.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 23 goals, Max Domi has 32 assists and Jonathan Drouin has 158 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 79.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 115 goals on 1,373 shots faced and Antti Niemi has allowed 57 goals on 515 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games.
The Flyers are 5-0 in their last 5 road games, 6-2 in their last 8 games as an underdog and 12-3 in their last 15 overall. The Canadiens are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite, 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The under is 10-4 in Flyers last 14 road games. The under is 16-5 in Canadiens last 21 overall. The Flyers are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Montreal and 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
There's a lot of reasons to consider the Philadelphia Flyers in the underdog role given the recent tear they're on and the fact they've won five straight against the Montreal Canadiens. The problem is the Canadians have played their best hockey on their home ice and have been very kind to us in the favorite role recently. The home team has also won eight of the last 10 meetings between the Flyers and Canadiens. I'll lay the cheap price with Montreal at home.