Philadelphia Flyers vs Montreal Canadiens Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 8/21/2020
Game: Philadelphia Flyers vs Montreal Canadiens
Date: Friday, August 21, 2020
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Flyers (-122) Canadiens (-101)
Carter Hart and the Philadelphia Flyers are headed to Scotiabank Arena on Friday where they'll meet the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 of their series. Philadelphia leads the series 3-2. The odds on this contest have the Flyers priced at -122 and the Canadiens are at -101. The O/U is set at 5.5. The Flyers cover 56.3% of the time, having gone 36-28 SU. The Canadiens cover 40.3% of the time, going 27-40 straight up.
The Flyers had a rough game in their 5 - 3 defeat against the Canadiens in Game 5. The Flyers had a middle of the road offensive performance in the defeat. In the game, they scored on 3 out of the 29 shots they put on net. They also had 7 power play opportunities and scored 3 goals out of those opportunities. Philadelphia ended up with a total of 34 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Flyers was 38 and the Corsi against was 44 giving them a Corsi percentage of 46.3%. Their Fenwick sat at 24 while the Fenwick against sat at 36, meaning they had a rate of 40.0%. They took 20 face-off wins and were beaten on 21 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 53.5% and they had a PDO of 88.0 in this game. Concerning opponent stats, the Montreal Canadiens racked up a total of 33 shots. They had a total of 33 penalty mins and they tallied 7 power play attempts.
The Philadelphia Flyers step onto the ice with a record of 41 victories and 21 defeats, putting them at 2nd in the Metropolitan Division. Thus far in the season, they have earned a total of 227 goals which puts them at 7th in the conference and 8th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +36, putting them at 4th in the NHL. The Flyers currently have a total of 89 pts, which puts them at 6th in the NHL and 4th in the Eastern Conference. With reference to shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 2,166 which puts them at 12th in the conference and 21st in the NHL. As a group, Philadelphia currently has a total of 1,412 hits which means they are averaging 20.5 per contest. They currently have a total of 727 blocks for the season. The goaltender for Philadelphia is Carter Hart from Lulea, Sweden. He is 21 years old and has racked up 2,356 minutes protecting the net for the season. Hart is giving up an average of 2.42 GAA which has him ranking 5th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 9th in the NHL. Over the course of this season, he has surrendered 95 goals. He's earned a save % of .914 which has him ranking 10th among Eastern Conference goaltenders.
In Game 5 Montreal wound up with a 53.7% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 44 while they surrendered a Corsi of 38. Their Fenwick percentage was 60.0% by way of having a Fenwick of 36 and the Flyers ending the game with a 24 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Montreal had and it tells us that they played really well in this game. Their PDO at even strength was 112.0 and they earned an oZS percentage of 46.5%. The Canadiens notched 5 goals of the 33 shots on goal they took. They had 7 power play attempts in this game and converted 1 out of those chances. On the other side of the ice, the Flyers had 7 power play opportunities and went on to score 3 goals. Montreal gave up 29 shots on goal and the Flyers ended up with a total of 34 penalty mins.
The Canadiens are the team on the other side of the ice and for the current year they have 31 victories and 31 losses. When talking about goal differential, they are currently sitting 12th in the conference and 24th in the NHL with -12. They have compiled a total of 208 goals for the season which is 10th in the Eastern Conference. Montreal has a team save % of .900 which currently has them ranked 22nd in the NHL, which tells us there should be some chances to score. They have a shooting percentage of 8.6% which puts them at 14th in the conference. In net for Montreal is Carey Price who is having a marginal season by surrendering 2.79 goals against average and that ranks him 17th in the East and 34th among goalies in the NHL. In the 3,440 minutes he's played, he has surrendered 160 goals. He has a save % of .909, which ranks him 18th in the East and 37th among goalies in the NHL.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Philadelphia (-122)
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