Flyers vs Canadiens Preview and Free Pick [10/24/2016]

Philadelphia (2-2-1) at Montreal (4-0-1)
When: Monday, October 24th 2016
Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Time: 7:35 ET | TV: CSN Philly, Sportsnet

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The Montreal Canadiens will try and continue their hot start to the season when they host the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night. Montreal is off to a 4-0-1 start to top the Atlantic Division and will play four of their next five at home. Goaltender Carey Price has stopped 46-of-50 shots in a pair of victories since returning from a bout with the flu after enduring an injury-plagued 2015-16 season. Defenseman Shea Weber is off to an great start with his new team, recording a goal, four assists and a +8 rating in five games, but the power-play unit he directs has been the only negative in the early going (3-for-21). Weber shares the team lead in scoring with three other players that includes captain Max Pacioretty, Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk. Thirteen different Canadiens have scored a goal so far in 2016.


The Flyers, who will play four of their next five at home after Monday, snapped a three-game losing streak on Saturday with a 6-3 win over Carolina. Jakub Voracek scored his first two goals of the season in the victory and leads the team with seven points. Captain Claude Giroux has collected six assists but has yet to score a goal, while Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds enter Monday with four-game goal-scoring streaks. Six players have recorded at least five points for the Flyers, including rookie Travis Konecny, and defenseman Brandon Manning has recorded four along with a +5 rating. The Flyers have struggled at times defensively, allowing 17 goals in their last four games, but will get physical blue-liner Radko Gudas (six-game suspension) back soon.

The Flyers have had recent success against the Canadiens (4-1-3) in the last eight meetings and I expect them to carry the momentum from Saturday night into Montreal tonight. The Flyers have scored 11 goals in their three road games this season.

Pick: Flyers +145