Philadelphia Flyers vs. Montreal Canadiens - 1/16/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Montreal Canadiens (20-21-7) at Philadelphia Flyers (25-16-6)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers -154 / Montreal Canadiens +130 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers meet Thursday in NHL action at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Montreal Canadiens need a win after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Tomas Tatar leads Montreal with 16 goals, Max Domi has 21 assists and Brendan Gallagher has 162 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 77.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 107 goals on 1,145 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 24 goals on 192 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 14 games.
The Philadelphia Flyers look for another win after winning three of their last four games. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 19 percent of their power play opportunities. Travis Konecny leads Philadelphia with 14 goals, Jakub Voracek has 28 assists and Claude Giroux has 140 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing three goals per game and are killing 82 percent of their opponents power plays. Brian Elliott has given up 57 goals on 547 shots faced and Carter Hart has allowed 74 goals on 781 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 10 games.
The Canadiens are 3-10 in their last 13 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 2-8 in their last 10 overall. The Flyers are 6-1 in their last 7 home games, 11-2 in their last 13 vs. Eastern Conference and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The under is 7-1 in Canadiens last 8 overall. The over is 8-3-1 in Flyers last 12 overall. The Canadiens are 7-19 in the last 26 meetings in Philadelphia and 2-7 in the last 9 meetings. The favorite is 37-18 in the last 55 meetings. The home team is 27-9 in the last 36 meetings. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Flyers have won seven of the last nine meetings against the Montreal Canadiens, and they're playing better hockey overall entering this matchup. The Montreal Canadiens are unbackable in their current form and have played some of their worst hockey on the road. With both teams on the end of a back to back, I'll side with the Philadelphia Flyers at home and the reasonable price.