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Philly needs a big bounceback win after getting absolutely stomped by Montreal 5-0 in game two. Carey Price stood on his head for the Habs, but can they rely on Price to win them every game? Seems unlikely, but he’s been and will always be the x-factor for that team. If Price isn’t perfect, the Habs suffer.
The Philadelphia Flyers will rebound after Friday’s absolute shutout drubbing. They’ll retake the series lead with a 4-1 statement win.
Philadelphia Flyers to win -143.
With a push in game two, the total has gone Under in four of Montreal’s last six contests. Meanwhile, the Flyers are 13-2 Straight Up in their last 15 games overall.
|Philadelphia Flyers vs Montreal Canadiens Game Information|
|What||Philadelphia Flyers vs Montreal Canadiens|
|Where||Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON|
|When||August 16, 2020 8:00pm EST|
|How to watch||NBC Sports, Sportsnet|
After a big opening game performance from Philadelphia, they laid a huge egg in game two. The Habs jumped out in front quickly and never had to look back because the Flyers flat out just didn’t put up a fight.
With that said, they lost Travis Konecny who limped off the rink and went straight to the room. Head coach Alain Vigneault did not comment on his status for game three following the loss, but his presence in the lineup is imperative for any future Philly success.
The Flyers are crossing their fingers hard that he’ll not only return but regain his effectiveness in the process. Without him, this team is in big trouble early in what once looked like such a promising postseason.
As you saw in the headline the Flyers need a big shot in the arm. Also, as also you saw in the preceding paragraph that’s not going to be easy without one of their stars. Konecny suffered an apparent leg injury in the loss and all signs point to Michael Raffl filling his shoes for game three.
Don’t jump off the wagon just yet though folks! Raffl had a good year all things considered. He posted 20-points in 58 games, which is a pretty good pace for the gritty forward. He also has two points already in this NHL makeshift postseason. His entry into the lineup could be the jolt the team needs. At this point, they may be looking for just about anything to turn the tides too.
For a Philly win here, they’re going to need Carter Hart to regain in his solid form. His outstanding performances carried them to the first seed in the Eastern Conference through the round-robin and after getting pulled last game, he’ll need a big bounceback. Hart is the spine of this team and they’ll need him to perform in a big way.
The Habs embarrassed their opponents on Friday and did not slow down. Even coach Vigneault was upset with Montreal Canadiens assistant turned acting head coach Kirk Muller’s decision to play their top power-play line when leading 5-0. Similar to that decision, they cannot let off the gas in any aspect of game three.
These Habs are very close to the point of being taken seriously. Through recent years this team has constantly been a flash in the pan and their success has depended on the health of Carey Price. Well, nothing has really changed in that regard but after a series win over Pittsburgh and a blowout win of the top Eastern seed in game two, it’s almost time to believe in these Habs.
A game three win and 2-1 series lead would sure change a lot of hockey minds. It’d show they’re for real and Montreal cannot miss out on seizing that opportunity. A win in this game would prove they’re contenders and not pretenders to the general and betting public.
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