The Philadelphia Flyers beat the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Photo by @NHLFlyers (Twitter).
- The Philadelphia Flyers have a 1-0 series lead on the Montreal Canadiens
- Game 2 will be played Friday at 3:00 PM Eastern
- The oddsmakers adjusted the total but did not move the moneyline, which provides an opportunity to cash in on the favorite
The Philadelphia Flyers looked the part in their series-opening win over the Montreal Canadiens. They have yet to lose a game since the return to play, a trend that could continue for a while longer.
Canadiens vs Flyers Game 2 Odds
|Team||Puck Line||Over/Under||Moneyline at DraftKings|
|Montreal Canadiens||+1.5 (-205)||O 5 (-141)||+140|
|Philadelphia Flyers||-1.5 (+170)||U 5 (+117)||-162|
Odds taken August 13th.
When comparing the Game 1 preview to the Game 2 Canadiens vs Flyers odds, you’ll notice something interesting. The moneyline is exactly the same, but half a goal has been shaved off the total. On Friday, bettors will want to shift from the Under to a wager on the favorites and here’s why.
Took care of business and got the job done in Game 1.#AnytimeAnywhere | #MTLvsPHI pic.twitter.com/v5CkV8Aaq4
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) August 13, 2020
Voracek Returns and Makes Immediate Impact
The Flyers ran the table in the round robin and did so without impact forward Jakub Voracek. He made his return in Game 1 and got on the board right away. He scored the first of the Flyers’ two goals, helping them to an important Game 1 win.
Philadelphia has forward depth that Montreal simply cannot match (few teams can) and Voracek is a key part of that. Seeing him back on the ice, in particular on the power play, reinforced the point that the Flyers are clearly the better team.
Goodness the beards on the @NHLFlyers. 🧔 #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/15HYZ1Mqzm
— NHL (@NHL) August 13, 2020
Voracek recorded 56 points in 69 regular season games which was third-best on the team. For context, that was three more points than Claude Giroux, who is widely considered the team’s most dangerous forward. All of this is to say, with another weapon in his arsenal, head coach Alain Vigneault should have more than enough to keep racking up wins in this series.
Carter Hart Wins Round 1 vs Carey Price
Carey Price was spectacular in Game 1, making one of the best saves you’ll ever see to keep the game close. The problem is, even on a night when he had his best, he still lost. Worse yet, he was outplayed by the goalie at the other end of the ice.
This Carey Price save was absurd. 🤯 ❌
(🎥: @CanadiensMTL) pic.twitter.com/GTnBXUj4z5
— theScore (@theScore) August 13, 2020
Carter Hart stopped 27 of 28 shots, improving his post-season save percentage to an unreal .966%. I believed this to be a matchup between Canada’s goalie and his heir apparent, but it seems like the passing of the torch is much closer than some expected.
Nothing is going to stop Price from making acrobatic saves and keeping the Canadiens in games, but if Hart keeps playing to his potential, Montreal’s one advantage will be neutralized.
2020 Stanley Cup Odds Tracker
Expect Flyers to Continue Win Streak
The depth and poise of Philadelphia certainly seems to be too much for Montreal to handle. The Flyers had 18 more points than the Canadiens in the abbreviated regular season and the talent gap will certainly be a big factor. Considering the greatness of Price I can’t say I’m comfortable taking the puck line in this one but I do like Philly to get another win. Take the moneyline and if you’re feeling aggressive, consider a prop bet on this one finishing in overtime.
PICK: Philadelphia Flyers Moneyline (-162)
Ryan has been working at TSN for over eleven years, and is now a lead writer and content producer at That’s Hockey. Over the years, he’s launched and hosted TSN’s first NCAAF podcast, The College Football Show, and been featured on the likes of TSN 1050, Sportscentre, and That’s Hockey 2Nite.