Montreal Canadiens (22-25-6) at Philadelphia Flyers (25-19-9)
|Date & Time||Thursday February 8, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers -145 / Montreal Canadiens +131 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers meet Thursday in NHL action at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Montreal Canadiens could use a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 21.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 18 goals, Alex Galchenyuk has 19 assists and Max Pacioretty has 191 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 78.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 107 goals on 1,155 shots faced and Charlie Lindgren has allowed 19 goals on 250 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or less goals in five of their last six games.
The Philadelphia Flyers need a victory here after losing four of their last five games. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Couturier leads Philadelphia with 27 goals, Jakub Voracek has 52 assists and Claude Giroux has 112 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 74.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Brian Elliott has given up 103 goals on 1,134 shots faced and Michal Neuvirth has allowed 35 goals on 394 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed four or more goals in five of their last 10 games.
The Canadiens are 3-8 in their last 11 Thursday games, 3-10 in their last 13 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-7 in their last 8 road games. The Flyers are 5-2 in their last 7 home games, 6-2 in their last 8 games following a win and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Canadiens are 5-16 in the last 21 meetings in Philadelphia and the home team is 23-5 in the last 28 meetings.
Neither one of these teams are playing consistent hockey, and the Montreal Canadiens have been awful on the road this season. The Philadelphia Flyers have had serious struggles the past couple of weeks, but they've been decent at home as of late and the home team has owned the series the last several years. In fact, the home team has won each of the last eight meetings between the Flyers and Canadiens. I'll eat the somewhat cheap price here with the Flyers.