The Philadelphia Flyers can advance to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1997 with a win in game 5 of their best of 7 Eastern Conference Finals series vs the Montreal Canadiens tonight. The Flyers lead the series three games to one, as they took game 4 in Montreal 3-0 on Saturday afternoon. The Flyers would love to wrap up this series in front of their home crowd tonight after the Blackhawks finished a sweep of the Sharks in the Western Conference Finals yesterday afternoon. The story line of this Habs/Flyers series is definitely Flyers goalie Michael Leighton who recorded his third shutout of the series on Saturday. Habs goalie Jaroslav Halak needs to match the performance of Leighton if the Canadiens want to make a run at coming back in this series. Flyers are big favorites in tonights game, but it promises to be an exciting game! Betting odds, and my personal picks and predictions for this Habs vs Flyers Game 5 are below.
Habs vs Flyers Game 5 Betting Odds:
Montreal Canadiens (+175)
@ Philadelphia Flyers (-190)
Over 5 (-120)
Under 5 (+110)
Habs vs Flyers Game 5 Betting Picks and Predictions:
Money Line Pick – Halak stood on his head in the first two rounds of the playoffs to get past two great teams, even though they were out played in almost every game, but he hasn’t been able to keep it up in this series with the Flyers. Philadelphia is riding hot goaltending, and have been playing all around solid hockey to go 7-1 in their last 8 games overall. The Flyers would love nothing more than to finish the series off tonight at home, and won’t be sitting back thinking this series is over yet. Look for the Flyers to come out hard tonight in front of their home crowd where they are 21-7 in their last 28 home games. Although you will have to lay quite a bit of juice – BET THE FLYERS TO WIN at -190.
Game Total Pick – This series’ game total has been set at 5 all series long, with a split so far with 2 games going over and 2 going under. The Habs have only scored 5 goals in the first four games of this series and I can’t see them putting many past Leighton tonight. Halak plays well in elimination games, and I look for him to show up for a solid performance tonight. BET THE UNDER at +110.
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