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Canadiens Flyers Betting – Flyers Size Too Much To Handle

Posted by Don Melrose on 5/19/2010 12:40:55 PM

If you had the No. 7 and No. 8 seeds advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals in the NHL, then you’re one heck of a handicapper. Two teams that needed the qualify for the postseason on the last day of the regular season have surprised everyone in the first two round and now square for the right to go to the Stanley Cup Finals. While Montreal has had a nice ride, Philadelphia’s size will be a problem for them as evidenced in Game 1.

The Storyline

Online betting fans have to be shocked with the performance of both teams, but the Habs especially. Montreal knocked off the Presidents’ Trophy winners in the first round of the playoffs, coming back from 3-1 down in the series, then knocked off the reigning Stanley Cup Champions in seven games in Round 2.

Meanwhile, the Flyers knocked out the Devils in the first round and then came back from an 0-3 whole to Boston to win four straight times and win the series.

Both teams have defied the odds and both have been the two biggest surprises in the playoffs so far.


Who Has The Edge On Offense: Canadiens vs Flyers?

The Canadiens have won two rounds against the two teams considered to be the best in the East, so no one can call them a fluke, but they have scored a lot of lucky goals. Against the Capitals and Penguins, it worked because the Habs kept it low-scoring and eked out wins with whatever offense they can get. That may be a problem in this series. As evidenced in Game 1, the Flyers can score goals in bunches.

The reason the Flyers should be more effective than the Caps or Pens were is because of their size. They crashed the net in Game 1 and they’ll do the same throughout this entire series. The Canadiens kept the Caps and Pens on the outside, but the Flyers will get in front of Jaroslav Halak and prove that he’s human.

Edge: Flyers

Who Has The Edge On Defense/Goaltending: Canadiens vs Flyers?

The story of this series will be the goaltending of Halak versus the Flyers offense. Halak carried the Canadiens through the first two rounds and if they expect to move on one more time, NHL betting fans know he’ll have to do it again.

The Flyers are fairly weak in net with Michael Leighton, but can the Canadiens exploit that?

In Game 1, the answer to that question was ‘no’, but the series is all about adjustments.

The Flyers have the short end of the stick in the goaltending matchup but they do have a better blue line. The Canadiens didn’t see anyone like Chris Pronger in the first two rounds, which is partially why Mike Cammalleri is having such a huge postseason. Don’t expect that to continue on Pronger’s watch.

Edge: Canadiens

Who Will Win The Canadiens Flyers Series?

No team in NHL history has won a series after winning the previous two in seven games (in one playoff) so don’t expect it to happen again. The Flyers size is a problem for Montreal and so is Pronger. Since the Habs don’t have the scoring depth to produce consistent scoring from multiple lines, they are going to find a way through Pronger to score goals. That’s unlikely.

Halak has been incredible but he’ll have to be even better than that in this series. Don’t expect it to happen.

Sports betting fans also should expect fatigue could be a factor for the Habs the longer this series progresses.

Pick: Flyers In Five

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