Philadelphia Flyers vs Montreal Canadiens NHL Pick – April 21

The NHL is set up with another busy night of hockey on Thursday. Eleven games are up on the board throughout April 21. One of these games will be between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Montreal Canadiens. These two teams have struggled on the season, but will look for a strong finish. This game will drop the puck at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.

Philadelphia has earned a record of 23-43-11 throughout this season, which has them sitting in last place of the Metropolitan division. The Flyers have lost six straight games and will look to avoid a really rough end to the season. Philadelphia has had a disappointing season, but will look to finish strong. I expect the Flyers to come out fast on the road.

The Canadiens have put up a record of 20-46-11 so far this season, which has them in last place of the Atlantic division. Montreal has lost six straight games as well and ten of their last twelve. The Canadiens had a really rough season after making the Stanley Cup Finals a season ago. Montreal will look to step up early at home on Thursday.

These two teams had really disappointing seasons, but will look for a big win in this one.

The Flyers have struggled all season long, hitting losing streak after losing streak. Montreal has not been able to get into any rhythm early. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win on Thursday night though.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
Teams Spread Money Line Total
Philadelphia Flyers +1 ½ (-210) +115 Over 6 (-110)
Montreal Canadiens -1 ½ (+175) -135 Under 6 (-110)
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Team Data Philadelphia Flyers Montreal Canadiens
Overall Record 23-43-11 20-56-11
Away/ Home Record 10-23-5 10-24-4
Goals Per Game 2.56 2.52
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 2.34 2.45
Save Percentage .893 .889
Save Percentage Away/ Home .892 .887

Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens Betting Trends

Philadelphia Flyers

  • 2-8 in April
  • 11-29 after allowing four or more goals
  • 10-25 after a loss by two goals or more
  • 5-24 after three or more straight losses
  • 11-21 against team with a losing record

Montreal Canadiens

  • 2-7 in April
  • 9-22 after a non-Conference game
  • 11-26 after a loss by two goals or more
  • 5-14 after scoring one goal or less
  • 7-20 after three or more straight losses
  • 8-26 against team with a losing record

These two teams have met up twice this the season. Montreal hosted the first game on December 16. Laurent Dauphin and Artturi Lehkonen both scored, while Cayden Primeau stopped 37 of 39 shots in a 3-2 win for Montreal. The second game was in Philadelphia on March 13. Nick Suzuki scored twice, while Cole Caufield and Rem Pitlick both had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 OT win for the Canadiens.

Special Teams

The Flyers have struggled on special teams throughout this season. Philadelphia has scored on 27 of their 222 power play opportunities, which is a 12.2 percent power play. The Flyers have given up 54 power play goals on 218 penalties against, which is a 75.2 percent kill rate. Philadelphia is 32nd on the man advantage and 27th on the penalty kill.

Montreal has not been much better on special teams this season. The Canadiens have capitalized on 31 of their 235 power play chances, which is a 13.2 percent success rate. Montreal has killed off 194 of their opponents 260 power play attempts, which is a 74.6 percent penalty kill. The Canadiens are 31st on the power play and 28th on the kill.

Both of these teams have struggled on both sides of special teams this season. Philadelphia has the better penalty kill, but the Canadiens have the better power play. Both teams will look to get their power plays going though against these struggling penalty kills. If either team can get a power play goal, it could be enough to give them the edge.

Goaltending Comparison

I expect Martin Jones to get the start in the crease for Philadelphia for this one. Jones has started in 30 games this season, going 10-17-3 in those matchups. He has posted a .897 save percentage and a GAA of 3.53 in those games. Jones finished with 24 saves on 28 shots in his last start against the Toronto Maple Leafs, which was not enough for the win.

Sam Montembeault will likely get the nod in the net for the Canadiens on Thursday night. Montembeault has earned a record of 7-17-6 in this 28 starts on the season. He has put up a save percentage of .891 and a 3.78 GAA in those starts. Montembeault’s last start was against the Washington Capitals. He stopped 33 of 41 shots in the loss.

These two goalies have seen their share of struggles throughout this season. Jones has lost four straight starts and six of his last eight. Montembeault has lost six straight starts, including a blowout loss in his last game. Both goalies will look to step up early in this one. If either goalie can come out fast, it could be enough for the win.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been struggling throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Montreal was able to win the first two games of the season series, but I do not think they can pull off the sweep. Philadelphia will look to bounce back early in this one. If the Flyers can come out quickly, I think they can hold off Montreal.

Bovada has the Canadiens listed as a -135 against the money line in this one.

This implies that Montreal will win this game around 57.5 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with both teams struggling as of late. Philadelphia will look to step up early as they try to avoid a sweep to the Canadiens. As underdogs in this one, I like the value on the Flyers.

The Bet
Philadelphia Flyers
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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