Canadiens vs Flyers Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/16/2020
Game: Montreal Canadiens vs Philadelphia Flyers
Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020
Location: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Canadiens (+153) Flyers (-170)
Wells Fargo Center is the site where Carter Hart and the Philadelphia Flyers (24-16-6, 5th in the Metropolitan Division) will play the Montreal Canadiens (20-20-7, 6th in the Atlantic Division) on Thursday. The Flyers open this contest at -170 while the Canadiens are coming in at +153. The O/U has been set at 6. The Canadiens are covering 40.0% of the time, having gone 18-27 SU. Philadelphia covers 46.3% of the time, going 19-22 straight up.
The Montreal Canadiens head into this game holding a record of 20 wins and 20 losses, putting them at 6th in the Atlantic Division. During the year thus far, they have racked up a total of 143 goals which ranks them 9th in the conference and 15th in the league. Their goal differential is -4, putting them at 21st in the league. The Canadiens have a total of 47 points, which ranks them 24th in the league and 13th in the East. When talking about shots at the opposition, they have a total of 1,641 which ranks them 1st in the conference and 2nd in the league. As a group, Montreal has obtained a total of 1,205 hits which means they have an average of 25.6 per game. They have a total of 559 blocks for the year. The man in net for Montreal is Carey Price from Farmingville, New York. He is 32 years old and has racked up 2,238 mins minding the net this season. Price is conceding 2.87 goals against average which has him sitting 16th among Eastern Conference goalies and 32nd in the NHL. For the season, he has surrendered 107 goals. He's earned a save % of .907 which has him sitting 16th among Eastern Conference goalies.
The Montreal Canadiens came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 2 - 0 win over the Calgary Flames the last time they stepped on the ice. The Canadiens didn't have their best offensive outing in this win. In this game, they scored on 2 of the 37 shots they tried. They also had 3 power play opportunities but weren't able to net one. Montreal earned 4 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Canadiens sat at 58 and the Corsi against was 53 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 52.3%. Their Fenwick sat at 38 and the Fenwick against was 37, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 50.7%. They won 21 face-off wins and lost 17 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 54.8% and they had a PDO at even strength of 107.1 for this matchup. When it comes to their opponent, the Calgary Flames racked up 31 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 6 penalty mins and they earned a total of 2 power play attempts.
The Flyers will be the team across the ice and for the current year they sit with 24 victories and 16 defeats. When talking about goal differential, they are ranked 9th in the Eastern Conference and 15th in the NHL with +4. They currently have a total of 141 goals for the year which is 10th in the East. Philadelphia has a save percentage as a team of .897 which currently has them ranked 25th in the NHL, meaning scoring chances could be plentiful if they attack the goal. They have a shooting percentage of 9.7% which puts them at 10th in the conference. In net for Philadelphia is Carter Hart who is having a marginal season by allowing 2.61 goals against average and that ranks him 12th among Eastern Conference goalies and 20th in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,702 mins he's played, he's allowed 74 goals. He's earned a save % of .905, which has him sitting 20th among Eastern Conference goalies and 40th in the NHL among goalies.
The Philadelphia Flyers faced off against the Boston Bruins in a matchup where the Flyers took home the win by a final score of 6 - 5. In this matchup, Philadelphia earned a 56.9% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 62 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 47. They had a Fenwick percentage of 53.6% by earning a Fenwick of 45 and the Bruins having earned a 39 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Philadelphia had and we'd say they played well overall. They had a PDO at even strength of 98.7 and their percentage of oZS was 44.6%. The Flyers notched 6 goals out of the 39 shots on goal they pursued. They had 3 power play chances in this outing and netted 1 out of those opportunities. In discussing the opposition, the Bruins had 2 power play chances and came through by scoring 1 goal. Philadelphia gave way to 31 shots on goal and the Bruins ended up with a total of 10 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Philadelphia (-170)
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