Philadelphia Flyers at Montreal Canadiens - 8/18/20 NHL Picks and Prediction

Philadelphia Flyers at Montreal Canadiens - 8/18/20 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Flyers (46-22-7) at Montreal Canadiens (35-34-9)

NHL Hockey: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 3:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

The Line: Montreal Canadiens +122 / Philadelphia Flyers -135 --- Over/Under: 5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Montreal Canadiens look for a victory here to even up the series at 2-2. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.29 goals per game and are scoring on 13.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Jesperi Kotkaniemi leads Montreal with four goals, Paul Byron has three assists and Brendan Gallagher has 31 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 1.57 goals per game and are killing 87.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 10 goals on 214 shots faced.

The Philadelphia Flyers have a chance to take complete control of the series with a win and a 3-1 lead. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 2.33 goals per game and are scoring on four percent of their power play opportunities. Scott Laughton leads Philadelphia with three goals, Kevin Hayes has four assists and Philippe Myers has 14 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 1.5 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hart has allowed seven goals on 136 shots faced and Brian Elliott has allowed two goals on 23 shots.

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The Flyers are 12-2 in their last 14 games following a win, 37-14 in their last 51 games as a favorite and 35-17 in their last 52 overall. The Canadiens are 2-5 in their last 7 Tuesday games and 1-5 in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games. The under is 9-0 in Flyers last 9 overall. The under is 4-0 in Canadiens last 4 overall. The Flyers are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Montreal and 9-4 in the last 13 meetings. The favorite is 16-6 in the last 22 meetings.

The Philadelphia Flyers came into the bubble as possibly the hottest team in the league and they've done nothing to change that, as they've looked great through three games and have kept the Habs offense is check. The Flyers should be the favorites in this game and make a strong case as a top contender to win the cup at this point. However, we're getting the Montreal Canadiens at decent plus money in pretty much a must win game, and despite Montreal being down in the series, Price has been one of the top goalies in these playoffs. Price is giving Montreal every chance in the world to win games, if he can just get some help, the Canadiens would be in good shape.

Give me the plus money here.

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Randy’s Pick Montreal Canadiens +122

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