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The Flyers hit the "road" on Sunday as they try to regain their series lead. For Game 3 of their best-of-seven first-round playoff set against the eighth-seeded Canadiens, the top-seeded Flyers will be the away team and try to bounce back from an ugly 5-0 loss in Game 2, which tied the series at 1-1. • When: 8 p.m. ET on NBC with Flyers Pregame Live at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSP • Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app • Carter Hart will be back between the pipes after being pulled late in the second period of the Game 2 loss. The 22-year-old allowed four goals on 26 shots. "I'm not sure his game was rough; I think our whole group had a challenging night," Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault said Saturday.
"That's why you've got to have faith in the group, faith in the leadership, faith that we're going to come up with a much better game and a much better effort. The stake is to get to four first, win four games first. A positive for the Flyers is that Hart hasn't lost consecutive starts over his past 17 games. • Canadiens goalie Carey Price has been a stud all tournament so far. • Following the Game 2 drubbing, the Flyers could make some changes.
No Shayne Gostisbehere or Joel Farabee as Robert Hagg and Michael Raffl enter lineup. Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies games easily on your device. Canadiens NHL playoffs: Game 3 live stream, storylines, more originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia The Philadelphia Flyers were among the best teams in the league before the 2019-20 NHL season was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, winning nine of its final 10 games. They earned the top seed in the Eastern Conference by dominating the round-robin and took the opener of their 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round series against the Montreal Canadiens before a flat performance in Game 2 resulted in a 5-0 loss. Philadelphia attempts to regain control of the matchup when it takes on Montreal in Game 3 on Sunday.
The Canadiens have been making the most of their fortunate situation as they upset Pittsburgh in their Qualifier series and now are knotted with the top-seeded Flyers after being 10 points out of a playoff spot when the regular season was paused. Philadelphia is a -135 favorite on the money line and Montreal is a +115 underdog in the latest Canadiens vs. Flyers odds by William Hill, while the over-under for total goals scored is five. Canadiens picks, check out the NHL predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model. This model simulates every NHL game 10,000 times, taking into account factors like current form, individual matchups, injuries and short- and long-term trends when making NHL picks. Now, the model has set its sights on Flyers vs. Canadiens money line: Philadelphia -135, Montreal +115 Canadiens puck line: Philadelphia -1.5 Canadiens over-under: 5 goals PHI: The Flyers are 5-0 SU in their last five games after allowing five or more goals in their previous contest MTL: The Canadiens have gone 3-for-7 on the power play in the series While the Flyers figure to tighten up defensively on Sunday, their top goal scorers during the regular season are likely to get going after being held at bay since the league's return. Travis Konecny (24), Kevin Hayes (23), Sean Couturier (22), captain Claude Giroux (21) and James van Riemsdyk (19) have been limited to a total of nine assists in the team's four games thus far. Scott Laughton has helped fill the void, recording a team-high three goals after scoring a career-high 13 in the regular season. Philadelphia has received offense from some of its rookies as Joel Farabee (two), Nicolas Aube-Kubel (two) and defenseman Philippe Myers have combined for five goals. Montreal was on a mission in Game 2, its first since coach Claude Julien was hospitalized and had a stent inserted in his coronary artery. If the team needs further motivation on Sunday, it can rally around Carey Price, who celebrates his 33rd birthday after posting his seventh career postseason shutout two days earlier. The former Hart and Vezina Trophy winner also blanked Pittsburgh in the clincher of their Qualifier series and has turned aside 81-of-83 shots over his last three games. Brendan Gallagher has yet to record a goal since the league returned to action, but rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi has been flourishing in his first NHL postseason. The 20-year-old has scored a team-leading four goals, including a pair in Game 2, after recording only six in 36 regular-season contests. Veteran left wing Tomas Tatar finally got going in Montreal's victory on Friday, tallying twice after failing to notch a point over his first five games this postseason. SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total and it also says one side of the money line has all the value. So who wins Canadiens vs. Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Flyers vs. Canadiens money line to jump on Sunday, all from the advanced model that has simulated this matchup 10,000 times, and find out. Though he's likely several weeks from being able to play in a game, his return was emotional. MONTREAL--After stealing "home ice" with a resounding and shocking 5-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 2, the Montreal Canadiens look to enter unexpected waters and take the series lead against the top seed Flyers. Before suffering chest pains and requiring surgery to install a stent, head coach Claude Julien called the Flyers the most complete team in the league and knew his bleu-blanc-rouge squad would have to play like warrior poets to defeat them. The Habs will need to keep the pressure on to continue their Cinderella run in the playoffs. Friday's 5-0 drubbing was the first time in the postseason that Philly's stingy defence and number-one puck stopper Carter Hart had let more than one goal in. When Jesperi Kotkaniemi put in the second goal of the game, the Flyers were in uncharted waters. In Game 1, the Habs put a meagre four shots on Hart in the first period, and only looked ready to play in the second period. The game was the smoked meat sandwich of the series with two flimsy bread periods and one juicy meat-filled one in the middle. Game 2 was more of a Santropol sandwich (analogy Montreal foodies will understand) with the Habs outshooting the Flyers 16-6 in the first period and keeping Philly from getting a single shot for over 16 minutes. By the time the Flyers got their skates moving and sticks swinging, it was too late. Birthday boy Hart (he turned 22 on Thursday) got the better of his boyhood hero Carey Price in the Flyer's 2-1 win in Game 1, though both puck stoppers played well. Unlike in Star Wars, however, the circle was not complete in Game 2 when the master returned, and Price recorded his seventh postseason shutout. Hart could only watch from the bench in a baseball cap after being pulled in the second period having allowed four goals on 26 shots. For the numerologists out there, the last Habs goalie to win a cup was... Speaking of old guys with no signs of slowing down, Shea Weber turned 35 Friday, notched a +2 with two blocked shots and one hit in over 25 minutes played. When the Tomas Tatar sauce is ready to serve, Montreal needs to just keep asking for more. With a combination of speed and tenacity, the Tatar-Nick Suzuki-Brendan Gallagher line is proving to be a lot to handle, and was headache for Philly's defence, which had not given any team much room up until Friday. The Canadiens' regular season points leader had not scored in the playoffs yet, and now that the monkey is shrugged off his back, Habs fans can only hope it continues. Kotkaniemi, meanwhile, has four goals in six playoff games. Muller's decision to move Max Domi to the second line with Kotkaniemi and Jonathan Drouin also paid off with the 20-year-old babyfaced Finn assassin sniping two goals, and Domi notching three helpers. The Flyers will be eager to bounce back with a vengeance, particularly the teams' top stars. Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier, Travis Konecny and James van Riemsdyk have not scored in the postseason. Philly's power play was 0-for-5 in Game 2, and they surrendered two power play goals. Maybe Flyers mascot Gritty shouldn't have dumped two bottles of maple syrup on a Canadiens' flag in the parking lot before the game. At this point, no one should underestimate the Habs, and the Flyers have enough experience and coaching to know what to do to retake the series lead.