Philadelphia Flyers vs Montreal Canadiens NHL Pick – December 16

The NHL is set up with another great slate of action throughout December 16. Ten games are up on the board throughout Thursday night. One of these matchups will be between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Montreal Canadiens. These two teams have struggled early in the season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.

Philadelphia has earned a record of 11-12-4 to start out this season, which has them sitting in sixth place of the Metropolitan division. The Flyers have won three games in a row, which ended a ten game losing streak. Philadelphia has struggled to get things going early this season, but will look to bounce back. I expect the Flyers to come out fast on the road.

The Canadiens have put up a record of 6-21-3 to open up the season, which has them in last place of the Atlantic division. Montreal has lost seven games in a row and nine of their last ten. The Canadiens have hit a big wall after going to the Stanley Cup Final last season. Montreal will look to come out much faster at home in this one.

These two teams have struggled to get going early in the season and will look for a big win in this one. The Flyers have finally picked up their play after their long losing streak. Montreal has not found quite as much luck in their recent stretch. If either team can grab an early lead in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Philadelphia Flyers -1 ½ (+155) -157 Over 5 ½ (-134)
Montreal Canadiens +1 ½ (-175) +142 Under 5 ½ (+122)

 

Team Data Philadelphia Flyers Montreal Canadiens
Overall Record 11-12-4 6-21-3
Away/ Home Record 6-6-2 4-10-1
Goals Per Game 2.63 2.13
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 2.00 2.07
Save Percentage .907 .893
Save Percentage Away/ Home .914 .892

Betting Trends

Philadelphia Flyers

  • 3-4 in December
  • 2-5 after a division game
  • 3-2 after a win by two or more goals
  • 5-2 after scoring four goals or more
  • 5-4 against team with losing record

Montreal Canadiens

  • 0-6 in December
  • 5-10 after allowing four goals or more
  • 5-11 after a loss by two or more goals
  • 3-7 after three or more straight losses
  • 1-10 against team with losing record

These two teams last met up in the 2019-20 season. They met up three times throughout the regular season. Philadelphia earned a record of 2-1 against the Canadiens in the season series. These two teams also met up in the round of 16 in the playoffs. The Flyers were able to knock off Montreal in six games in route to moving on.

Special Teams

The Flyers have struggled a bit on the power play early in the season. Philadelphia has scored on 13 of their 78 power play opportunities, which is a 16.7 percent power play. The Flyers have given up 17 power play goals on 89 penalties against, which is an 80.9 percent kill rate. Philadelphia is 26th on the man advantage and 16th on the penalty kill.

Montreal has struggled on both sides of special teams this season. The Canadiens have capitalized on 11 of their 86 power play chances, which is a 12.8 percent success rate. Montreal has killed off 66 of their opponents 93 power play attempts, which is a 71 percent penalty kill. The Canadiens are 30th on the power play and kill this season.

Philadelphia has the edge on special teams entering this matchup. The Flyers have been better on the power play and penalty kill. The Canadiens have struggled to get anything going, but will look to get going in this matchup. If either team can get a power play goal, it could be enough for the win on Thursday night.

Goaltending Comparison

Carter Hart will likely get the start in the crease for Philadelphia on Thursday night. Hart has started in 18 games this season, going 7-8-3 throughout those matchups. He has posted a .915 save percentage and a GAA of 2.80 Hart’s last start was against the New Jersey Devils. He stopped 26 of 27 shots in route to the win.

I expect Jake Allen to get the nod in net for the Canadiens in this one. Allen has earned a record of 5-15-2 throughout his 23 starts on the season. He has put up a save percentage of .903 and a 3.10 GAA in those meetings. Allen finished with 26 saves on 31 shots in his last start against the Pittsburgh Penguins, which was not enough for the win.

These two goalies have been solid early in the season and will look to earn a big win in this one. Hart has been the better overall goalie this season and has won two games in a row. Allen has lost seven games in a row. If either goalie can control the pace quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win on Thursday night.

Pick Overview

These two teams will look to earn a big win on Thursday night. Philadelphia has been the better team as of late and will look to earn a big win in this one. Montreal has hit a tough losing streak recently and will look to finally turn it around. If the Canadiens can grab an early lead in this one, I think they can earn a big win at home.

BetOnline has Philadelphia listed as a -157 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Flyers will win this game around 61.1 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with both teams struggling. I think Montreal is due to break out of this losing streak. As underdogs in this one, I like the value on the Canadiens.

The Bet
Montreal Canadiens
+142
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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