Flyers vs. Canadiens Game 3 Prediction, Stanley Cup Playoff Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Aug 15, 2020

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When a best-of-seven series is tied 1-1 in NHL playoff history, the winner of Game 3 owns an all-time series record of 215-106.

Philadelphia
41-21-2-5
AT
August 16, 2020, 8:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Arena
Montreal
31-31-8-1
Puckline -1.5 +188
Moneyline -136
Over / Under o +5

56%

Betting Action

44%

Puckline +1.5 -226
Moneyline +114
Over / Under u +5

56%

Betting Action

44%

When an NHL best-of-7 playoff series is tied 1-1, the winner of Game 3 takes the series a vast majority of the time. The Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens meet in Game 3 of their tied Eastern Conference quarterfinal Sunday (8 p.m. ET). The Flyers are favoured on the NHL odds as they were in the first two games.

Flyers vs. Canadiens Stanley Cup Odds

This will be Montreal’s first time as the “home” team in the series, which means the last line change following a stoppage of play. For what it’s worth, the Habs were 2-0 as the home team in the qualifying round against Pittsburgh.

Montreal’s Claude Julien will not coach the team at least the rest of this series after he experienced chest pains following his team’s Game 1 loss. Julien was admitted to St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto on Wednesday and had a stent inserted into his coronary artery. He has returned home to Montreal to rest and is expected to make a full recovery. Assistant Kirk Muller has taken over. He was the coach of the Carolina Hurricanes from 2011-14. Muller was named associate coach with the Canadiens in June 2016 and also was on the team’s coaching staff from 2006-2011.

Philadelphia remains the +275 favourite to win the East on the NHL odds board. Montreal is +1600. When a best-of-seven series is tied 1-1 in NHL playoff history, the winner of Game 3 owns an all-time series record of 215-106.

Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers hadn’t lost in the restart until mailing it in during a 5-0 defeat Friday. It’s almost as if that was coming, though, as a team can play at a high level for only so long. Then you bring in the bubble factor. Carter Hart, who has been spectacular all season, allowed four goals on 26 shots and was pulled for Brian Elliott. While Elliott is a capable goalie, it’s highly doubtful he starts ahead of Hart for Game 3. To make matter worse for Philly, top winger Travis Konency left after blocking a shot with his foot. That would be a major loss as he led the team with 61 points during the regular season. The Flyers have won their past five after allowing at least five goals in their previous game.

Montreal Canadiens

Muller definitely made put his stamp on Game 2, to the point Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said this after: “We had embarrassed ourselves enough, I don’t think we needed to get embarrassed more. I’m going to make sure our team is very aware of that next game.” He was referring to Muller playing the Habs’ top power-play line with Philly already down 5-0. Tomas Tatar (No. 1 star) and Jesperi Kotkaniemi both had two goals. Muller moved Kotkaniemi to a line with Max Domi and Jonathan Drouin and it paid off big time. It was the seventh career playoff shutout for Carey Price. In this one, Montreal looks to end a six-game losing streak on Sundays.

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