Preview: Canadiens vs Flyers
Date: December 12th 2013
Montreal Canadiens vs Philadelphia Flyers Prediction (12/12/13)
Both the Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers enter tonight’s match-up coming off embarrassing losses and both are seeking a rebound game. Philly played last night and got destroyed by Chicago 7-2 as the Canadiens had a day’s rest after getting blizted 6-0 by Los Angeles.
Danny Briere will be playing in Philadelphia for the first time since being bought out this summer following six seasons with the Flyers. In just 22 games played this season Briere only has 5 goals and 5 assists. It’s like he’s still mentally in Philly with their offensive woes. So I don’t expect him to make an impact tonight but then again, every team is scoring against this awful Flyers squad.
The Canadiens were fifth in the Atlantic Division, seventh in the Eastern Conference, when the 10-game run started. They are now second in the Atlantic, third in the East. Montreal plays the New York Islanders on Saturday and the Florida Panthers on Sunday.
Starting tonight I expect the Canadiens to get back on track and rack up some easy points against awful teams to get back to being first in the Atlantic. They have an easy schedule the remainder of this week so expect them to take full advantage of this.
The Flyers are a complete mess and their talent-less players are finally showing their true colors. Something I predicted to happen when they ran Mike Richards and Jeff Carter out-of-town.
Take the Canadiens on the money line and don’t look back.
Montreal Canadiens -127 to win $100
Montreal Canadiens – Carey Price
Philadelphia Flyers – Steve Mason
Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin is second on the team with 43 hits, all in 12 games since returning from knee surgery Nov. 16. Forward Max Pacioretty has nine goals in his past 11 games.
Flyers forward Jakub Voracek has a goal in back-to-back games after going 12 games without one. Defenseman Kimmo Timonen has four points in his past four games.
Canadiens forward Rene Bourque (upper body) skated before practice Wednesday, but will not be with the team on its two-game road trip. Monday is the target for Bourque’s return, Therrien said. Defenseman Davis Drewiske (shoulder) is out.
Flyers center Vincent Lecavalier (back) is on injured reserve.
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