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This series is starting to slant quickly and heavily in the wrong direction for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers are letting this slip and could be on the brink of elimination with another lackluster effort in game six. The Philadelphia Flyers find a way to shut down the Habs with a 3-2 overtime win to advance.
Philadelphia Flyers win at -124
To add to those Philly Under odds we just mentioned, Montreal has also gone Under in four of their last six. The Habs are also 5-10 straight up through their last 15 against the Flyers.
|Philadelphia Flyers vs Montreal Canadiens Information|
|What||Philadelphia Flyers vs Montreal Canadiens|
|Where||Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON|
|When||August 21, 2020 12:00pm EST|
|How to watch||NBC Sports, Sportsnet|
The Flyers entered this series as the best-looking team in the NHL. They swept the round-robin against their fellow top Eastern Conference seeds and looked like Stanley Cup favorites. However, a lot has changed in a week and Philadelphia is currently feeling the burn.
They have allowed Montreal to climb back into this series and after a game five smacking, they look like an almost defeated bunch. They are going to need a gargantuan effort in game six to lock-up this series and catch their breath before round two. If they drop this game, it looks and feels like all hope could be lost for the orange and black.
A number of big players have fallen off the radar in recent days. Since the lower-body injury that once hobbled Travis Konecny a few games ago he’s looked like a different guy. Carter Hart has started allowing light goals from in close and Scott Laughton – the round-robin hero – has been absent in this series. If the Flyers want to win, they’re going to need their stars and their supporting staff to shine.
It all starts and ends with Carter Hart though. As we’ve seen in the St. Louis Blues vs Vancouver Canucks series, the Blues lost faith in their number one netminder Jordan Binngington earlier and it helped spur them back into the series. The Flyers may have to make a similar decision if Hart drops another game on Friday. If he can find a way to stand tall, so will the Flyers.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the rink, the Broadstreet Bullies have been anything but. Outside of a few hits here and there, the Flyers have not played the body in this series as much as they should be. This is turning into one of the more physical rivalries in these playoffs and the Flyers need to start flexing their muscle.
Montreal has kept the Flyers at bay and their goal counts low. Case and point, Philly has hit the Under in nine of their last 11 games. They also haven’t registered more than three goals in a game once. That three-goal effort just referenced as well by the way came on Wednesday night. They look slow. They look defeated.
Meanwhile, Montreal looks spry and ready for the challenge. We’ve seen the outright odds look like a Philly landslide in every game of this series. If the Flyers lose game six and Montreal can force a seventh and deciding game the odds are going to go north of the border in a hurry.
For this to happen though Monreal will need to keep its speed and their stars on the ice. Jesperi Kotkaniemi could be a difference-maker in this series but was handed a five-minute major and a game misconduct last game for boarding Travis Sanheim. The Habs of course still won, but he’s a key piece to any and all future success.
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