Montreal Canadiens vs Philadelphia Flyers Prediction (1/8/14)
Tonight’s free NHL pick comes in the Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers match-up. As most of you already know, I am not too thrilled over the French Frog Dwarfs but I will say this, although this is the second time this week I am going against them, tonight’s NHL pick has nothing to do with my hatred towards them.
Philadelphia returns home where they have a 9 game home winning streak and look to extend it to 10 games. A Flyers victory tonight will make them one game shy of their last home streak of 11 games back in 2003.
Steve Mason will be in net for the Flyers tonight. He’s 2-0-0 in his career against the Canadiens with a 1.92 goals-against average after beating them 2-1 on Dec. 12 in Philadelphia.
Shifting to the other side of the ice we take a look at the Montreal Canadiens. They have had an up and down season thus far and lately.
Carey Price is 1-5-0 with a 3.58 GAA against the Flyers since Nov. 25, 2011, the one win coming on Oct. 5 of this season. He’s lost his last six starts in Philadelphia. Luckily for the Habs he will not be in net tonight, Peter Budaj will be starting in between the pipes.
David Desharnais has six points in his last four games while Max Pacioretty, who assisted on his goal, has seven in four contests. Pacioretty also has six points in his last four games against the Flyers.
Goals have been tough to come by in Philadelphia for the Canadiens in recent years. They’ve been outscored 35-12 during their nine-game skid there, which includes three losses in the 2009-10 conference finals.
Now as for our free NHL picks let’s face it, it’s a very slow night, not much action. I like Chicago tonight but I refuse to lay the juice (-185). So of the 3 games the Flyers look like the best option only because they have been on fire lately and return home where they have a streak going and they have a good price of -110. Too low in my opinion.
So play this small and tomorrow is a better night for a top pick.
Philadelphia Flyers -110 to win $100
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