After essentially shocking the world in the Qualifying Rounds of the NHL Playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens are onto the official playoff bracket, set to take on the Philadelphia Flyers.
Montreal was a team not destined for the playoffs, but that’s to the shutdown and the NHL’s inclusion of non-playoff teams for their bubble, Montreal has found a spot competing for the Stanley Cup.
※ Current Odds Date & Time: August 10th, 11:30 A.M. (EST)
Online bookmaker BetOnline has the Canadiens at +190 to win the Series.
Qualifying for the first round of the playoffs, Montreal has the Flyers on their radar, a team that dominated during Round Robin play against other formidable opponents.
The Canadiens own the second-worst odds to win the Stanley Cup (from the Eastern Conference), so they are still heavy underdogs entering this series. The Flyers have much to prove and with their nemesis eliminated (Pittsburgh), the Flyers will have no distractions in the playoffs.
Goaltending is huge in every aspect of hockey. From a regular Tuesday night affair to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup, goaltending is a deciding factor in every game. Carey Price and Carter Hart should put on a show for their respective teams, but Price is looking to define himself in this series.
Montreal has missed the playoffs in two straight seasons and have not made it past the first round since 2015. There are many guys on this roster looking to showcase that they still have it, while young guys are getting their first taste of playoff hockey.
Philadelphia is a team hungry for playoff success. 2010 was the last time Philadelphia reached the Finals, losing to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Both teams have something to prove in these playoffs. Which team will come out on top?