The Montreal Canadiens (17-17-5) travel to face off against the Philadelphia Flyers (20-14-6) on Wednesday, January 10th. This game will be played at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia and televised on NBCS. The Canadiens are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Flyers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Penguins. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
Montreal Canadiens vs Philadelphia Flyers
The Montreal Canadiens Are Coming Off A Win
With a record of 17-17-5, the Canadiens sit in 13th place in the Eastern Conference and 6th in the Atlantic Division. On the road, Montreal has gone 9-7-3 this season. Over their last ten games, the Canadiens have gone 5-5.
As the underdog, Montreal has gone 14-17-5 this season and have been the underdog in 36 of their 39 games. In their last three games, the Canadiens have gone 2-1 and 2-3 over their last five.
On the road this season, the Canadiens have a puck line record of 13-6, and their average scoring margin is at -0.4 goals per game. So far, Montreal has been the underdog in all but three of their games and their puck line record as the underdog is at 24-12.
Overall, the Canadiens have 12 losses by multiple goals, and their average scoring margin as the underdog is at -0.8 goals per game. In their last ten games, Montreal’s puck line record is at 7-3, and their puck line record for the season is at 24-15.
In their previous game, the Canadiens hosted the Rangers and game away with a 4-3 win. Offensively, the Canadiens registered one goal during the first period and two times in the second period. All four goals came at even strength. They finished with 30 shots on goal and had 17 turnovers.
Entering the game as the underdog, Montreal came away with a victory against the puck line. The over/under line going into the game was 6 goals, which the teams surpassed with their combined 7 goals.
The Philadelphia Flyers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
At home this season, the Flyers have gone 9-8-2 and are 6-4-1 when favored. In the Eastern Conference standings, Philadelphia is in 6th place and 3rd in the Metropolitan Division. Over their last ten games, the Flyers have gone just 3-7, and they have dropped three straight games as the underdog.
So far this season, Philadelphia has gone 20-14-6 and have 46 points, and they are 10-10 against other Eastern Conference teams. In their last five games, the Flyers have just one win, and they are 1-2 in their last three games.
Philadelphia comes into the game with a puck line record of 26-14, and they have dropped four straight games against the puck line. The Flyers are just 5-5 in their last ten games vs. the puck line.
So far this season, Philadelphia has gone 8-11 against the puck line at home, and they have lost six straight games vs. the puck line at home. In their 29 games as the underdog, the Flyers have gone 23-6 against the puck line.
After suffering a 4-1 loss at home to the Penguins, the Flyers are looking to bounce back today. In the first period, the Flyers found success on offense with one time, but that was the end of their scoring for the game. The team’s one goal were the result of a power play. Throughout the game, they managed to register 37 shots on goal and committed 7 giveaways.
Philadelphia entered as the underdog and suffered both a straight-up loss and did not cover the puck line. The game finished below the over/under line of 6.5 with a combined total of 5 goals.
Montreal Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Canadiens are averaging 2.7 goals per game which is 28th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 28th in the league. Coming into the game, the Canadiens have a 4-3 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 13-14.
This season, the Canadiens have an over/under record of 21-17-1. Throughout the season, they have played 21 games that went over the 6 over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is 6.4 per game.
Philadelphia Offense Breakdown
The Flyers come into the game scoring an average of 2.8 goals per game, putting them 24th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 3rd in the league. Philadelphia’s offense comes into the game ranked 31st in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 1st in the NHL.
The Flyers’ over/under record this season is 15-24-1. For the season, they have had 21 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6. Overall, their games are averaging 5.8 goals per game.
Montreal Team Defense
The Canadiens’ defense comes into the game with a ranking of 30th in takeaways and an average of 5.1 takeaways per contest. They hold 7th place in the NHL for goals allowed, with an average of 3.3 goals given up per game.
Philadelphia Team Defense
Philadelphia defense takes on the Canadiens ranked 22nd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 28.9 shots per game against Philadelphia. They also are 8th in shutouts, with 3 shutouts.
Canadiens vs Flyers Trends
- Although Montreal has a straight up record of 5-5 in their last ten road games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 7-3. The team averaged 2 goals per game in these games.
- When looking at their past five home matchups, Philadelphia has an puck line record of 0-5 while averaging 1 per game. The team went 2-3 overall in these games.
- Going back to their previous five games as the underdog, Philadelphia has an puck line mark of 3-2 while going 1-4 straight up.
- In their last five contests as the favorite, Montreal has a poor record vs the puck line going 2-3. But, they still put together a straight up mark of 5-0.
For those seeking a straight moneyline bet, the Flyers are the top choice. Nonetheless, with a payout of -171, you might want to use this bet as a part of a parlay to get better odds.
When it comes to my suggested pick for the puck line, I’d advise taking the Canadiens to cover. Even in the event of a Flyers victory, this matchup is likely to remain closely contested, and the Canadiens should cover the puck line.
For those looking at the over/under line set at 6 goals, our expectation is that this game will surpass that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the over.
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