Philadelphia Flyers at Montreal Canadiens - 8/16/20 NHL Picks and Prediction

Philadelphia Flyers at Montreal Canadiens - 8/16/20 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Flyers (45-22-7) at Montreal Canadiens (35-33-9)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, August 16, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

The Line: Montreal Canadiens +113 / Philadelphia Flyers -125 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Montreal Canadiens look for a feel good victory here to take a 2-1 series lead. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.67 goals per game and are scoring on 15.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Jesperi Kotkaniemi leads Montreal with four goals, Paul Byron has three assists and Brendan Gallagher has 28 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 1.67 goals per game and are killing 84 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up nine goals on 194 shots faced.

The Philadelphia Flyers look for a bounce back victory here to take a 2-1 series lead. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 5.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Scott Laughton leads Philadelphia with three goals, Kevin Hayes has four assists and Claude Giroux has 12 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 1.8 goals per game and are killing 76.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hart has allowed seven goals on 113 shots faced and Brian Elliott has allowed two goals on 17 shots.

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The Flyers are 4-1 in their last 5 Sunday games, 20-6 in their last 26 games playing on 1 days rest and 20-6 in their last 26 overall. The Canadiens are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. Metropolitan, 1-4 in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games and 0-6 in their last 6 Sunday games. The under is 8-0 in Flyers last 8 overall. The under is 5-1 in Canadiens last 6 overall. The Flyers are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Montreal. The favorite is 15-6 in the last 21 meetings.

The Philadelphia Flyers have been one of the hottest teams in the league for a while and haven't lost back to back games since January 4-7. The Flyers aren't a team you should be eager to bet against these days. However, the Canadiens have kept the Flyers in check defensively and could easily be up 2-0 in this series. Price looks sharp in net and Montreal has allowed single-digit shots on goal in three of the last five periods. Defense and goaltending usually rules in playoff series and the Montreal Canadiens have that and then some right now. I'll take a stab with the plus money. 

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Randy’s Pick Montreal Canadiens +113

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