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Flyers at Canadiens Betting Preview

After failing to score a single goal in the first two games of the Eastern Conference final the Montreal Canadiens hope a change of scenery will give them a boost tonight when they face the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 3 at home.

Heading into the conference final the goaltender everyone was talking about was Habs netminder Jaroslav Halak. After the first two games of the series the Flyers’ Michael Leighton has quickly stolen his thunder. Leighton was brilliant again on Tuesday night, making 30 save to lead the Flyers to a 3-0 win and 2-0 series lead.

That was Leighton’s second straight shutout after previously blanking the Habs with a 28-save performance in Game 2. Not bad for someone who hadn’t played in a single game since March before taking over for an injured Brian Boucher against the Bruins.

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While Leighton was stopping everything the Canadiens threw at him in Game 2 Danny Briere continued his hot streak with his ninth goal in his last 11 games. Simon Gagne netted his sixth goal in six games, and Ville Leino notched a goal and an assist. Montreal came up empty on all 30 of its shots and took a few bad penalties in the loss, as two of the Flyers’ three goals came on the power play.

The Canadiens now haven’t scored a goal in 165 minutes and 50 seconds of play. Halak started to show that maybe the intensity of the first two rounds against Washington and Pittsburgh is starting to tire him out after allowing three goals on 23 shots.

The Flyers can’t be too overconfident even with a 2-0 series lead. After all, they just came back from being down 3-0 to Boston, and Montreal has already put together series comebacks versus the Capitals and Penguins.

Tonight’s game in Montreal will be the Flyers’ first game in Quebec since February. Philadelphia was 1-1 in a pair of games at Montreal this season. Coincidentally, in the Flyers’ 6-2 win in Montreal this season Leighton out-played Halak in nets with 26 saves, as Halak was burned for five goals before getting the hook.

Montreal is a -125 home favorite at Bovada in tonight’s game and the total has been set at 5. The puck drops at 7pm ET, with live coverage on Versus in the US and on CBC in Canada.

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