In their first head-to-head matchup of the regular season, the Montreal Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers take the ice at the Wells Fargo Center for an Eastern Conference showdown. The action will get underway at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 8, and it’ll air live on Reseau Des Sports.
Montreal Canadiens at Philadelphia Flyers Odds
Philadelphia (-150) is currently favored over Montreal (+130), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals. The odds for betting the total sit at -120 for the under and +100 for the over.
Philadelphia is 25-28 straight up (SU) and has lost 6.1 units for moneyline bettors thus far. That early-season winning percentage hasn’t moved much from what the team managed during the 2016-17 season (39-43). Among its 53 games this season, 28 have gone over the total, while 23 have gone under and just two have pushed. The team is 13-14 SU at home this year.
The Flyers have converted on 20.4 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 29th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 74.4 percent of all penalties.
The Flyers, as a collective unit, have been penalized 3.7 times per game overall this season, 4.0 per game over their last five contests total, and 3.6 per game over their last five home outings. The team has had to kill penalties for 9.8 minutes per contest over their last five home games.
Averaging 26.4 saves per game with a .909 save percentage, Brian Elliott (20-19-7) has been the top goalkeeper for Philadelphia this year. If head coach Dave Hakstol chooses to rest him, however, Philadelphia could go with Michal Neuvirth (5-11-11 record, .911 save percentage, 2.61 goals against average).
Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux will each be focal points for the Flyers. Voracek (61 points) has produced 10 goals and 51 assists and has recorded two or more points 21 times this year. Giroux has 15 goals and 43 assists to his name and has recorded a point in 36 games.
Montreal is 22-31 straight up (SU) and has lost 12.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far. Through 53 regular season matches, 29 of its games have gone under the total, while 22 have gone over and just two have pushed. As a road team, the Canadiens are 8-16 SU so far.
The Canadiens have converted on 21.7 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s good enough for seventh-best in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 23rd overall and it’s successfully killed off 78.6 percent of all opponent power plays.
Montreal’s players have been penalized 3.7 times per game this season, and 3.0 per game over their last five contests. The team’s had to defend opponent power plays just 7.0 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Carey Price (2.92 goals against average and .907 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Montreal. Price is averaging 27.6 saves per game and owns a 15-23-4 record.
Max Pacioretty (16 goals, 17 assists) and Alex Galchenyuk (12 goals, 19 assists) have been the top playmakers for Montreal and will lead the offensive counter for the visiting Canadiens.
Montreal Canadiens at Philadelphia Flyers Betting Predictions