Montreal Canadiens vs Philadelphia Flyers Predictions, Game 1 Picks, Betting Tips 8/12/2020
Game: Montreal Canadiens vs Philadelphia Flyers
Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Canadiens (+140) Flyers (-160)
Carter Hart and the Philadelphia Flyers host the Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 in Game 1 of their series. The Flyers open this game at -160 while the Canadiens are coming in at +140. The O/U has been set at 5.5. The Canadiens cover 40.3% of the time, having gone 27-40 SU. The Flyers cover 56.3% of the time, going 36-28 straight up.
The Montreal Canadiens head into this game holding a record of 31 wins and 31 losses, which puts them at 5th in the Atlantic Division. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 208 goals which is good for 10th in the East and 18th in the league. Their goal differential is -12, which puts them at 24th in the league. The Canadiens have a total of 71 points, which is good for 24th in the league and 12th in the East. In discussing shots toward the net, they have a total of 2,422 which is good for 1st in the East and 2nd in the league. As a team, Montreal has compiled a total of 1,762 hits which means they are averaging 24.8 per game. They have a total of 797 blocks for the year. The goalie for Montreal is Carey Price from Farmingville, New York. He is 32 years old and has played a total of 3,440 mins in goal for the year. Price is conceding 2.79 goals per contest which places him at 17th in the East and 34th in the NHL among goaltenders. For the year, he's given up 160 goals. He has a save % of .909 which places him at 18th in the East.
The Canadiens went home feeling good about their game by earning a 2 - 0 win against the Penguins in their last game. The Canadiens could have played much better offensively in this win. While out there on the ice, they scored on 2 of the 22 shots they tried. They also had 2 power play chances but weren't able to score a goal. Montreal had a total of 4 penalty minutes for this outing. The Corsi for the Canadiens sat at 50 and the Corsi against was 44 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 53.2%. Their Fenwick was 34 while the Fenwick against sat at 28, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 54.8%. They won 20 face-off wins and were beaten on 25 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 69.2% and they had a PDO at even strength of 110.0 for this game. When it comes to their opponent, the Pittsburgh Penguins earned 22 shots. They finished with 4 penalty minutes and they notched 2 power play opportunities.
The Flyers are the team on the other side of the ice and for the year they have 41 wins and 21 losses. When discussing goal differential, they currently sit 3rd in the East and 4th in the NHL with +36. They have earned a total of 227 goals for this year which has them sitting at 7th in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia has a team save percentage of .903 which currently has them ranked 16th in the NHL, which tells us there should be some chances to score. They have a shooting percentage of 10.5% which puts them at 4th in the Eastern Conference. In net for Philadelphia is Carter Hart who is having an average year by surrendering 2.42 goals against average and that places him 5th among Eastern Conference goalies and 9th in the NHL among goalies. In the 2,356 mins he has been on the ice, he has given up 95 goals. He's earned a save % of .914, which has him ranking 10th among Eastern Conference goalies and 24th in the NHL among goalies.
The Flyers squared up with the Lightning in an outing where the Flyers ended up with the win by a mark of 4 - 1. In this game, Philadelphia earned a 45.2% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 42 and they surrendered a Corsi of 51. They had a Fenwick percentage of 50.8% with a Fenwick of 32 and the Lightning ending the game with a 31 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Philadelphia played and they looked good in this game. Their PDO at even strength was 114.8 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 44.0%. The Flyers netted 4 goals out of the 30 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 3 power play chances in this game but weren't able to notch a goal. Concerning the opposition, the Lightning had 3 power play attempts and ended up scoring 1 goal. Philadelphia gave way to 24 shots on goal and the Lightning racked up 6 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Montreal (+140)
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