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Montreal Canadiens are Flying High!

Two NHL games on the schedule tonight, both game 6's and that means two teams could be kicked out the bubble tonight.


The first game on the slate today is the .....



Philadelphia Flyers vs Montreal Canadiens



Odds

The Flyers come into this one the as the favourite to win the game and close out the Series in game 6.



Missing Pieces

The good news for Montreal is that Jesperi Kotkaniemi is back from his game misconduct for game six as he did not end up getting any extra games for smashing Travis Sanheim from behind.


The bad news for Montreal...



as you tell by the picture above Brendan Gallagher got cross-checked in the mouth in game 5 and. has been ruled out for the rest of the series with a Broken Jaw. This is a huge blow to Montreal's offense as most games they already have trouble putting up goals and now they are without one their best offensive players. Now there is even more pressure on Carey Price to shut the door or the Canadiens are going home.


Flyers' Matt Niskanen the man who cross-checked Gallagher in the mouth will have time to work on his anger management, as he will be sitting out of game six with his one-game suspension. I know both teams have good goalies but really until game five, both offenses have struggled. The Flyers offense woke up a bit in game five with both Giroux and Voracek having multipoint games. The Flyers offensive stars are their main advantage and need to show up in game six if they want to close out this series.



Prediction

Monreal came into the playoffs as the 12 seed and behind the ridiculous play of Carey Price in net has surpassed everyone's expectations. But the Canadiens were the 12 seed for a reason; below-average scoring, below-average team defense, and a below-average season by Carey Price. The Flyers found finally some offense last game and Montreal is now without one of their best players, I see the Flyers closing out the series tonight as they do not want to leave up to a game seven.


Picks

Take the Flyers Moneyline at (-145). There is also some value on the over at (even), as elimination games lead to riskier play and early goalie pulls.

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