The Montreal Canadiens pushed the series to Game 6 with a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Photo by @flyers_fanly (Twitter).
- The Philadelphia Flyers lead the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in their first-round playoff series
- Canadiens forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi was ejected from Game 5 for boarding
- Expect a bounce back performance by the Flyers in Game 6 on Friday, Aug. 20th
Game 5 between the Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens had a little bit of everything.
From blown leads to taunting to ejections: if you missed this game you missed an instant classic. In the end it was a 5-3 victory for the Canadiens pushing this series to Game 6 on Friday (Aug. 21, game time TBD).
Flyers vs Canadiens Game 6 Odds
|Team||Puck Line||Over/Under||Moneyline at DraftKings|
|Philadelphia Flyers||-1.5 (+215)||U 5 (-109)||-124|
|Montreal Canadiens||+1.5 (-265)||O 5 (-112)||+107|
Odds as of August 20th.
The Canadiens are getting more love from the oddsmakers now than they were in Game 5. Is that justified? Absolutely not. Is that something you should take advantage of? Of course. Here’s the case for the Flyers to finish off the series next time these two hit the ice.
Could Kotkaniemi Be Suspended?
Jesperi Kotkaniemi received a five-minute major, ten-minute misconduct, and game misconduct for boarding. On the ensuing power play, the Flyers scored twice. The hit almost sent Montreal packing. Fortunately for Kotkaniemi, his teammates bailed him out and extended the series.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi gets a five-minute major and game misconduct for boarding Travis Sanheim pic.twitter.com/hRXpMoD7b4
— Ryan Gilbert (@RGilbertSOP) August 20, 2020
A major infraction like that will definitely be looked at be the department of players safety. If Kotkaniemi is suspended it will be a big blow for Montreal. Believe it or not, he led the Canadiens in hits this game despite playing only 5:40 prior to his ejection.
This series has been the young Finish forward’s coming out party and, if he is to miss Game 6, it’s a hole Montreal just can’t fill.
Nick Suzuki Taunts Carter Hart
I haven’t seen taunting like this in a long, long time. Canadiens forward Nick Suzuki celebrated a goal in the victory by patting Flyers goalie Carter Hart on the head. Not only was it childish and unnecessary, it provided Philadelphia with something to think about over the next two days.
Remember the last time the Flyers felt slighted? They didn’t like the Canadiens using their top power-play unit late in Game 2. Philadelphia responded with back-to-back shutout wins.
THE HEAD TAP AFTER SCORING.
— #StanleyCup Playoffs on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) August 20, 2020
Hart was in goal for both of those wins and that’s important to factor in. He was pulled in Game 2 after a shaky performance and responded with two of the best games of his career. After an unsettling performance in Game 5, where he was almost pulled for backup Brian Elliott, I’d expect him to respond again.
Consider Betting the Flyers’ Puckline
When looking at the Canadiens vs Flyers odds, you’ll see a great opportunity for a value bet. Philadelphia to win by 1.5 is paying +215 and that’s absolutely something to consider here.
I’ve done more for the Canadian Tuxedo than you ever have @CanadiensMTL pic.twitter.com/lSpZnWPrzJ
— Gritty (@GrittyNHL) August 19, 2020
The Flyers have proven a little extra motivation is a good thing for them. Carter Hart has proven he can bounce back in big moments. The Canadiens could be without one of their best forwards and, even if he does play, he’ll be a hunted man all game long. Pick Philadelphia to win Game 6 with ease.
The Pick: Flyers -1.5 (+215)
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.