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Philadelphia Flyers vs. Montreal Canadiens - 2/20/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Montreal Canadiens (22-29-7) at Philadelphia Flyers (30-19-10)
Date & Time Tuesday February 20, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location Unknown Location Unknown Address
The Line
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers -145 / Montreal Canadiens +125 --- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
NBC-Philadelphia
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The Wells Fargo Center and the Philadelphia Flyers welcome the Montreal Canadiens to town for an NHL matchup.

The Montreal Canadiens have been struggling to get both ends of the ice on the same page which has the team on the brink of elimination from the postseason. Montreal has dropped five in a row after a 6-3 loss at Vegas. The Canadiens received scoring from Charles Hudon, Nikita Scherbak and Jonathan Drouin but Antti Niemi allowed three goals on six shots with Carey Price giving up three goals on 28 shots in relief.

The big offense of the Golden Knights saw Reilly Smith score twice with Brad Hunt, Tomas Nosek, Ryan Carpenter and Nate Schmidt all finding the back of the net. Jonathan Marchessault added three assists for Vegas and Marc-Andre Fleury picking up the win with 30 saves.

The Philadelphia Flyers are looking for a return to the postseason and the team is heading in that direction with wins  in six of seven after a 7-4 victory at the Rangers. New York received goals from Kevin Hayes, Rick Nash, Mats Zuccarello and Peter Holland with Henrik Lundqvist allowing seven goals on 37 shots.

The Flyers offensive explosion saw seven different players scoring with Andrew McDonald, Scott Laughton, Brandon Manning, Nolan Patrick, Travis Konecny, Claude Giroux and Jori Lehtera all finding the back of the net. Konecny and Giroux each added two assists and Philadelphia saw Michal Neuvirth stop 11-14 shots with Alex Lyon stopping 25-26 shots in relief.

Canadiens are 0-5 in their last 5 overall and Canadiens are 0-4 in their last 4 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game and Canadiens are 0-4 in their last 4 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game. Over is 4-0 in Flyers last 4 home games and over is 6-0 in Flyers last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and Flyers are 6-1 in their last 7 overall. Canadiens are 4-17 in the last 21 meetings in Philadelphia and over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Philadelphia and home team is 35-17 in the last 52 meetings. 

Sometimes the hotter team is the only option and that’s how I see this one pending goalies…

Pick:
Philadelphia -145 // will update

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