Canadiens vs. Flyers Game 2 Prediction, Stanley Cup Playoff Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Aug 13, 2020

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The Flyers have yet to lose since the NHL restarted, and they are favoured to take a 2-0 lead Friday in Toronto over the Canadiens in their best-of-7 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Montreal
31-31-8-1
AT
August 14, 2020, 3:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Arena
Philadelphia
41-21-2-5
Puckline +1.5 -190
Moneyline +127
Over / Under o +5

40%

Betting Action

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Puckline -1.5 +156
Moneyline -152
Over / Under u +5

40%

Betting Action

60%

We picked a 3-2 Flyers victory in Game 1 on Wednesday and it ended 2-1 in favour of Philadelphia. It will again be the “home” team Friday, meaning the last line change. The Canadiens didn’t lose back-to-back games in their qualifying round series vs. Pittsburgh but did lose three in a row to close the regular season.

Canadiens vs. Flyers Betting Analysis

Philly is now a -388 series favourite with Montreal at +284. The favoured exact result is Flyers in five games at +268. The long shot is Canadiens in five at +2500. To win the East, the Flyers are +250 favourites and Canadiens +2000.

Montreal is 3-8 in the past 11 meetings. The under is 4-1-1 in the previous six.

Montreal Canadiens

One bright side of Wednesday’s loss was that Montreal was not dominated in the least by the NHL’s hottest team. The Canadiens were only outshot by three and outhit the Flyers 32-27. In addition, the Habs were 100 per cent on the power play but only got the one chance as Philly played disciplined hockey. Shea Weber’s third goal of the restart came with the man advantage at 14:38 of the second to tie the game 1-1, but that lasted only 16 seconds.

Still, with how bad Montreal has been on the power play this season (including 0-for-12 in the restart), Weber’s goal was a potentially good sign. Rookie Nick Suzuki nearly tied the game with 27 seconds remaining but his shot hit the crossbar. With no fans in the stands, it could be heard loud and clear. Carey Price stopped 29 shots in the loss. Montreal is 3-7 in its past 10 after scoring two or fewer goals in its previous game.

Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers have lost once since Feb. 16 – that’s a tad misleading since the NHL shut down for more than four months, but still impressive. Sherwood Park’s Carter Hart, who grew up idolizing Price, stopped 27 shots in the Game 1 win and became the fourth goaltender in franchise history to earn wins in each of his first three or more career postseason appearances. The team record is five in a row by Pete Peeters in 1980.

Forward Jakub Voracek had missed the final two round-robin games due to injury but scored on the power play at 8:54 of the first for Philly in Game 1 – the Flyers had been 0-for-11 with the man-advantage since the restart. Rookie Joel Farabee had the game-winning goal at 14:54 of the second, his second goal of the restart. Philadelphia is 10-1 in its past 11 after allowing two or fewer goals in its previous game.

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