Philadelphia Flyers (33-19-10) at Montreal Canadiens (23-29-9)
|Date & Time||Monday February 26, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens +113 / Philadelphia Flyers -125 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Philadelphia Flyers look to extend their winning ways as they take to the road to face off against the Montreal Canadiens who have dominated this series at the Bell Centre of late.
The Flyers have won six games in a row on the road and will look to make it lucky number seven with a victory here against the hapless Canadiens who are in the midst of unloading their roster and could see other significant pieces on the move as early as Monday morning. Philadelphia has been on a tear and are favoured on the road in this spot against the Canadiens here as Montreal has dropped four of their last five against Metro division opponents and have just seven wins in their last 26 games overall which bodes very well for the Flyers here who have the playoffs in their sightline. The Flyers are likely to send Petr Mrazek to the crease here as he will face off against Antii Niemi who is projected to get the start for the Habs in this one which gives the visitors the edge in the crease.
The Canadiens meanwhile are having a miserable season and they are starting to unload some pieces as long time forward Tomas Plekanec has been shipped to Montreal’s bitter rivals from Toronto and the dealing doesn’t appear to be done as the likes of Alex Galchenyuk and Max Pacioretty could be donning different jerseys by the end of Monday’s trade deadline. Montreal will likely be down a couple of roster players once the puck drops here which should give the Flyers plenty of options and while Montreal is unpredictable and due for a bounce back I just don’t see it happening in this spot. The Habs have won six in a row at home against the Flyers but that trend is about to break according to the odds makers who currently have the Flyers as a -125 favourite and will likely change before puck drop.
The Flyers are 6-0 in their last six road games and 1-8 in their last nine Monday games while the Canadiens are 4-11 in their last 15 games on one day’s rest and 4-13 in their last 17 against the East. Philly is on a roll and they keep it going against a short handed Canadiens team here.