Flyers vs. Canadiens Game 5 Prediction, Stanley Cup Playoff Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Aug 18, 2020

Carter Hart, Flyers, 2020

The Flyers put a 3-1 hammerlock on this series with a 2-0 win in Game 4 on Tuesday. They are the favourites to win again on Wednesday night.

Montreal
31-31-8-1
AT
August 19, 2020, 8:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Arena
Philadelphia
41-21-2-5
Puckline +1.5 -210
Moneyline +118
Over / Under o +5

29%

Betting Action

71%

Puckline -1.5 +175
Moneyline -142
Over / Under u +5

29%

Betting Action

71%

Five NHL playoff games on a busy Wednesday and the only teams with the misfortune of playing the second of a back-to-back are the Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers at 8 p.m. ET. They meet in Game 5 of their best-of-7 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Flyers potentially clinching. They are favoured on the NHL odds.

Canadiens vs. Flyers NHL Stanley Cup Odds

Philadelphia put a 3-1 hammerlock on this series with a 2-0 win in Game 4 on Tuesday.

Wednesday could well be the last time in this postseason there are as many as five games in one day. The Flyers are back as the home team and will get the last line change as they did in Games 1 & 2. The teams split those. Wednesday is also just the fourth time ever and first in the playoffs that the Canadiens and Flyers will meet on consecutive days.

It last happened Feb. 12, 2010, in Philadelphia and Feb. 13 in Montreal, with the Flyers winning both in regulation. Carey Price started the first and relieved Jaroslav Halak in the second in net for the Canadiens.

Montreal Canadiens

The Habs last trailed a playoff series 3-1 in the 2015 second round vs. Tampa Bay and lost in six. Montreal has an all-time series record of 2-17 when trailing 3-1 in a best-of-7. Price was excellent again in Game 4 in stopping 20 shots, but there’s only so much he can do without scoring a goal himself.

Defenceman Jeff Petry hit a shot off the goalpost with 5:45 left in the second, which was the closest the Canadiens came to scoring. Montreal outshot Philadelphia 29-22 and outhit the Flyers but was dominated in the faceoff circle. Throw out the Habs’ 5-0 now-baffling win in Game 2, and they have just one other goal in the series. Price has only given up five himself and just one power-play goal. Montreal is 1-4 ATS in its past five in the second of a back-to-back.

Philadelphia Flyers

Teams that hold a 3-1 lead in a best-of-7 series own an all-time series record of 278-29 (.906). The Flyers last led a playoff series 3-1 in the 2012 first round and beat Pittsburgh in six. That’s the last time Philadelphia has been past the first round. When Philly has taken a 3-1 lead, it is 20-2 in a series. The Flyers improved to 36-36 all-time in Game 4s of a best-of-7 series with Tuesday’s win.

Michael Raffl opened the scoring at 6:32 of the first with his second goal of the 2020 postseason. It’s the first time Raffl has scored multiple goals in a single playoff year. Philippe Myers also scored his second of the restart at 17:04 of the second. Carter Hart posted his second straight shutout of the series.  Rather amazingly, the Flyers have now played 28 consecutive playoff games without going to overtime. They are 4-0 ATS in their past four Wednesday games.

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