The Montreal Canadiens are not joking. After eliminating the Pittsburgh Penguins in the qualifying round, the eighth-seeded Canadiens dismantled the No. 1 seed Philadelphia Flyers 5-0 this past Friday to tie their first-round series at 1-1.
These two foes continue their battle Sunday night, so we bring you all need-to-know betting tips and trends for Game 3 between the Canadiens and Flyers.
The Flyers are without LW Michael Raffl, while RW Travis Konecny is questionable to play after exiting Game 2 due to a foot injury. Konecny’s eventual absence would be a blow for the Flyers, although he’s tallied just a couple of dishes this postseason.
On the other side, the Canadiens are coming in full strength.
Back on Friday, the Canadiens upset the Flyers as +145 dogs, while Philadelphia has won the opener 2-1 as a -155 favorite.
What’s at Stake?
We’ll see who’ll take the lead, but whoever does it, this series is far away from its end. The Flyers are still strong favorites to eliminate the Habs, but the first two games showed us that Montreal certainly stands a chance against Phila.
The Canadiens will look to keep the momentum on their side. The Flyers will have to step up and make amends for a terrible Game 2 performance, and it’s interesting to see if that loss affected the top-seeders.
The Flyers barely outlasted the Canadiens in Game 1, scoring the winning goal only 16 seconds after the Canadiens tied it at 1-1. It was a tight battle, and we saw a goalless 3rd period.
The Candies stormed the front in Game 2, taking the lead after just 1:02 of play in the 1st period. Tomas Tatar and Jesperi Kotkaniemi netted a pair of goals each, while Carey Price had 30 saves for his second shutout in the last three outings.
Price is 4-2 with a 1.46 GAA and a .954 save percentage this postseason. He went 27-25-6 with a 2.79 GAA and a .909 save percentage last regular season.
On the other side, Carter Hart was a disaster in Game 2 against the Habs, yielding four goals on 26 shots in just 38 minutes on the ice. At least, that was Carter’s first poor outing this postseason, and he’s now 3-1 with a 1.93 GAA and a .938 save percentage. Hart went 24-13-3 with a 2.42 GAA in the regular season.
The Flyers are 8-4 in their last 12 meetings with the Canadiens, while the under is 7-3-2 in that span.
The Flyers were uncharacteristically poor on the defensive end in Game 2, and I expect to see a much better performance in this one. They’ve been playing well all season long and should get back on the right track.
The Canadiens are playing above all expectations. Carey Price has been tremendous thus far, but I’m looking for a few goals in his net Sunday night.
The line at exactly five goals is simply forcing me to bet on the over. Still, my first nhl picks would be Philadelphia to win straight up at -137 on BetAmerica. The Flyers cannot replicate that awful defensive display from Game 2, while the Canadiens will have to regress at some point.