NHL Picks: Bet Flyers To Take The Win Tonight vs. Canadiens

Dana Lane

Friday, February 19, 2016 6:18 PM GMT

The Philadelphia Flyers are in desperate need of victories to climb back in the hunt for a wild card spot. The Montreal Canadiens are well out of the playoff race. Get our NHL pick inside.

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NHL Pick: Flyers +100
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

 

Flyers vs. Canadiens
This is a huge spot for both teams because it could influence how they treat the trade deadline on February 29th. With a Flyers victory they would climb to within four points of the Tampa Bay Lightning, in the race for the last wild card spot in the East. With a Montreal victory they would climb to within a reasonable striking distance of Tampa, with a loss the Canadiens could start to unload some players at the deadline. It's also important because of the proximity close to each other as both teams are separated by just two points, although the Flyers have two games in hand.

The difference in this one could be the physical stayle of the Flyers against the Canadiens who could be labeled soft at this point. You could make the case that Montreal is mentally fragile in a city that demands winners. Philadelphia is the the most undisciplined team in the league at over 13 penalty minutes a game. They have a fight every 126 minutes which is third in the league. I know Wayne Simmons is valuable on the power play but the team isn't good enough offensively to overcome the amount of penalty's they are forced to kill.  Against Montreal this won't be an issue.

I like some of the quotes coming from the Philly lockeroom. Simmons stated that they "Won't be satisfied until they make the playoffs".  That's the kind of things bettors should like to hear especially when you hear quotes from Montreal that question their leadership. That's what you get when a team has gone 8-23-1 since December 3rd.

Montreal is 7-19 the next game after scoring two goals or less in their previous outing.

The Habs just went 0-3 on their brief road trip, allowing 15 goals in the process.  

You know things are bad when Lars Eller thought there were some things Montreal could build on after blowing a second period lead to Colorado, losing 3-2. You don't use good things against the Avalanche, a team who also will not make the playoffs, to use as a building block.  

The Canadiens are a mess at the goaltender position. It's inconceivable to think that they could be as thin in goal as they are.  

Mike Condon (13-17-4, 2.60 goals against, .900 save percentage) is the listed goaltender to start. Condon should still be playing in the American Hockey League and shows little sign of getting better. In his last two games, Concon is 0-2, with a 4.90 goals aganst average, .800 save percentage. They have hurt their young goaltenders by not allowing them proper time in the minors to develop. 

Listed Flyers goaltender, Steve Mason, doesn't have a fantstic resume but even at 13-15-7, I'll take the seven year pro who has displayed poise and solid positioning in net over Condon.

The Flyers have won 6 of their last 8 against the Atlantic Division. Yet, with the NHL odds boards showing Philadelphia as a small underdog, we're definitely going for them as our NHL pick.