Montreal Canadiens at Philadelphia Flyers - 8/12/20 NHL Picks and Prediction

Montreal Canadiens at Philadelphia Flyers - 8/12/20 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens (34-32-9) at Philadelphia Flyers (44-21-7)

NHL Hockey: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

The Line: Philadelphia Flyers -160 / Montreal Canadiens +140 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers meet Wednesday in game one of the NHL East First Round at the Scotiabank Arena.

The Montreal Canadiens are coming off a four-game series win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Jesperi Kotkaniemi leads Montreal with two goals, Paul Byron has three assists and Brendan Gallagher has 17 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing two goals per game and are killing 82.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up seven goals on 133 shots faced.

The Philadelphia Flyers won all three of their round robin games by a combined score of 11-3. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 3.67 goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Scott Laughton leads Philadelphia with three goals, Kevin Hayes has four assists and Claude Giroux has eight shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing one goal per game and are killing 90 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hart has allowed two goals on 59 shots faced and Brian Elliott has allowed one goal on 17 shots.

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The Canadiens are 7-15 in their last 22 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 7-16 in their last 23 Wednesday games. The Flyers are 11-1 in their last 12 games following a win, 36-15 in their last 51 games as a favorite and 21-6 in their last 27 overall. The under is 5-2 in Canadiens last 7 overall. The under is 6-0 in Flyers last 6 overall. The Canadiens are 7-19 in the last 26 meetings in Philadelphia and 3-7 in the last 10 meetings.

You have to give credit to the Montreal Canadiens for showing up big against a playoff experienced and dangerous team in the Penguins, and they're going to have a fighting chance if Price continues to show up in net. The issue in this series is that the Philadelphia Flyers entered this bubble experience as the hottest team in the league, and they put on a clinic in three round robin games. Some would argue this run can't last forever, but the Flyers are not a team I'm looking to step in front of right now. I'm just not.

Give me the Flyers and the PL for max value.

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Randy’s Pick Philadelphia Flyers -1.5

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