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Canadiens are Taking Care of Business Against Losing Teams

Montreal is starting to look like the only team in the Atlantic Division with the ability to win a playoff series but the Canadiens will have to improve on the road if they hope to have any chance against the mammoths in the Metropolitan. Carey Price and the Habs will have a chance to figure things out at the Wells Fargo Center tonight when they take on a Flyers team that’s fighting for one of the two Eastern Conference wild-card spots.

SHARK BITES
  • Carey Price is 6-5-2 on the road with a .910 save percentage this season.
  • The Flyers are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games against teams with winning records.
  • The Canadiens are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games against teams with losing records.

The Flyers took a three-game winning streak into the all-star break but got absolutely embarrassed by the Canes in their first game back. One of the most penalized teams in the league, they took seven penalties in that game and paid for it twice. With an 80.6 kill rate, the Flyers aren’t great down a man and will be in trouble if they take too many penalties tonight – Montreal has the third-best power play in the NHL that’s even better on the road.

Despite these factors, the Canadiens have just given up too many goals on the road (2.88 per game) to be successful away from the Bell Centre. Carey Price has always preferred to play in front of his home crowd but if he ever hopes to become a Stanley Cup champion, he’ll have to get over the road woes.

Like I’ve been writing for the last few days, I’m going to be riding OVERs until the league scoring levels off. Since the end of the all-star break, the OVER/UNDER record for the league is a combined 13-2-2 and that’s a trend I like.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're backing the visiting Montreal Canadiens in this one, the Canadiens listed earlier today as underdogs of 100 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Those over/under total betting saw the number open in the area of 5.5, depending on the book.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 3.2-2.3 result in favor of the Canadiens. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Montreal Canadiens vs Philadelphia Flyers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Montreal Canadiens will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 30-14-7 this season, while the Flyers are 25-20-6. Montreal is 22-20-9 against the total, while Philadelphia is 25-19-7 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Philadelphia vs Montreal injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 6-rated Montreal Canadiens taking on the No. 28-rated Philadelphia Flyers in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Philadelphia Flyers No. 13-ranked offense (2.76 goals per game) against a Montreal Canadiens defense that ranks No. 6 at 2.49 goals per game allowed. The Flyers powerplay has clicked at a 21.47% rate while the Canadiens have a 79.67% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Montreal was a 5-2 winner in its last match at home against the Sabres. They won as favorites, while the total score of 7 made winners of OVER bettors.

Philadelphia lost its last outing, a 5-1 result against the Hurricanes on January 31. Bettors who backed the Hurricanes at -125 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • Montreal is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Montreal is 14-3 ATS in its last 17 games on the road
  • Montreal is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Philadelphia
  • Montreal is 1-12 SU in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Philadelphia is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games
  • Philadelphia is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Philadelphia is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Montreal home to Washington, Saturday, February 4th
Philadelphia home to Los Angeles, Saturday, February 4th

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