Philadelphia Flyers at Montreal Canadiens - 4/21/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Philadelphia Flyers at Montreal Canadiens - 4/21/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens (20-46-11) vs Philadelphia Flyers (23-43-11)

Game Info: Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)

Betting Odds: Montreal Canadiens -125 / Philadelphia Flyers +100 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Montreal Canadiens host the Philadelphia Flyers in Thursday NHL Action.

The Philadelphia Flyers come into this road contest with an overall record of 23-43-11. Through 77 games, the Flyers are 8th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 198 times, good for a rank of 28th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Philadelphia is the 28th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.62 goals per game. So far, the Flyers have a strength of schedule rating of 2nd in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 30th-ranked team in the NHL.

The Montreal Canadiens get set to host the Philadelphia Flyers with an overall record of 20-46-11. This mark places them 8th in the Atlantic division. Through 77 games, the Canadiens have scored 197 goals, giving them an average of 2.52. This output gives them a rank of 30th among NHL teams. On defense, Montreal is the 32nd ranked unit, giving up 3.83 goals per contest. So far, the Canadiens have played the 6th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Montreal's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 31st in the NHL.

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Through 73 games, the Philadelphia Flyers goal and overall scoring leader is Cam Atkinson with 50 points. He has reached his mark of 23 goals, on a shooting percentage of 10.7%. So far, 9.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Travis Konecny, who has 35 assists to go along with his 14 goals. However, when on the ice, the Flyers are -21 in scoring differential. Philadelphia's top goalie is Carter Hart, who is giving up an average of 3.16 goals per game.

Through 77 games, the Montreal Canadiens' goal and overall scoring leader is Nick Suzuki, with 57 points. He has reached his mark of 20 goals, with a shooting percentage of 11.0%. So far, 40.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Cole Caufield, who has 20 assists to go along with his 18 goals. However, when on the ice the Canadiens are -25 in scoring differential. Montreal's top goalie is Jake Allen, who is giving up an average of 3.3 goals per game. In his 35 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 51 percent of the time.

In Philadelphia's 77 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 40-35-2. So far, the team has been less likely to go over the betting line when playing on the road, going just 17-19-2. On the season, 57.0% of Philadelphia's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 43.0% of the scoring coming from the Flyers. In Montreal's 77 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 42-33-2. So far, taking the over when the Canadiens are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 19-18-1. On the season, 61.0% of Montreal's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 41.0% of the scoring coming from the Canadiens. Even though both Montreal and Philadelphia are both below average offensive units, look for each team to have good scoring nights as they face off against opponents that have trouble keeping teams from finding the net. I recommend taking the over at 5.5 goals.

 

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