Coming off another big playoff winner yesterday evening with the Lightning, we’re back at it again on the ice looking for even more success.
Our betting journey today begins at 3PM EST, where a crucial Game 4 series showdown goes between the Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens.
While goals have certainly been at a premium in this series, it’s been a very tight and intense first three games. Both goalies, Carey Price and Carter Hart have been exceptional, and they often say hockey is a game of inches, and this certainly has been that.
Though Philly enters Game 4 leading 2-1 in the series, it truly could be either way. Montreal has continued to show off their new-found impressive form, controlling scoring chances and entries at 5v5 play. The layoff did them very well, and they look like a transformed team this summer.
Philadelphia though has the advantage in games right now, as well as the pedigree. They’re still the top-seed and have shown a great ability to shut games down when they get a lead. The crucial first goal is always important in hockey, but in this series – it simply feels like a must.
Can the Habs continue their surprise run and defeat another Pennsylvania-based team? Or will the skill of the Flyers finally show that they’re too much to succumb to an upset? Game 4 should have lots of answers, and for more details and insight, keep reading on beneath the posted odds. Enjoy the match!
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Montreal Canadiens Betting Odds:
Philadelphia Flyers (-132)
Montreal Canadiens (+120)
Over 5 (-108)
Under 5 (-104)
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Montreal Canadiens Pick:
While it seemed as if the market completely overreacted prior to Game 3, the Flyers did come through with the victory – though the Habs battled throughout. Montreal is clearly a much better team than they showed throughout the regular season, as their actual scoring is starting to closely align with their impressive shot and chance generation.
They’ve gotten exceptional goaltending from Carey Price, who also has clearly benefited from a lengthy layoff. Despite the Habs’ weaknesses on defense, Price has been steady in goal and has played a key role at handling the puck as well to fend off Philadelphia’s forecheck.
Montreal meanwhile continue to push the pace and you could make a case they should be leading in this series. They’re up in expected goals by nearly 1.5, and have controlled the high-danger chances in and around the net-front. The Habs don’t boast any electric or dynamic superstars, but they come in waves of speed and depth. Right now, the Flyers are both struggling to match up on forward and defense, and Philadelphia’s once-heralded defense is having trouble moving the puck on them.
Though the betting market has now shifted to a price more closely aligned with what is actually occuring on the ice, there still remains value on the pesky Canadiens – who have been the better side thus far. Let’s not forget they hit four posts and crossbars back in Game 3, and look for some of that luck to be reversed on Tuesday afternoon.
Expect Montreal’s speed to again be a factor in a crucial Game 4. They’re closing space on Philadelphia at the moment, leaving very little options for their defenseman to move the puck. It will be another low-scoring and tight affair, but this time the Habs should nick it late. The Flyers are getting stymied with the puck, and it should catch up to them in this contest.
Pick: Montreal 2-1