It just might be the might unlikely NHL playoff betting matchup this deep in NHL postseason history. Montreal and Philadelphia open their series tonight.


In what may be the might unlikely NHL playoff betting matchup this deep in the postseason in NHL history, a No. 7 seed will take on a No. 8 seed beginning Sunday night.

Jeff CarterBodog’s hockey odds for the Montreal Canadiens versus the Philadelphia Flyers have this series price as even -110 on the moneyline, so let’s do our homework.


The Flyers have played two less games in the playoffs so far  Philadelphia dispatched the Devils in five games in Round 1, and completed its comeback to beat the Bruins in seven games on Friday. Philadelphia is 4-1 at home and 4-3 on the road in NHL betting postseason action thus far. The Flyers' 'over/under' hockey odds have been tough to figure out.  Game 7 against the Bruins was an 'over,' but Games 5 and 6 were 'unders,' with Philly scoring shutouts in both of those matchups. 

Philadelphia has been playing without leading scorer Jeff Carter, who could return later in this series. The Flyers will also be missing veteran forward Ian Laperriere to start the series.

Meanwhile, everyone knows about Philadelphia losing goaltender Brian Boucher in Game 5 of the Bruins series and Michael Leighton stepping in seamlessly. It all adds to their Cinderella story. Bodog’s NHL betting odds for the Stanley Cup have the Flyers at 9/2. 

As for Montreal, the Habs managed to eliminate both the top team in the regular season in Washington and the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Montreal has played two long seven-game series, but it has benefited from two extra days rest that the Flyers haven’t had. The Canadiens last played Wednesday. They are 3-3 at home and 5-3 on the road so far in NHL playoff betting play. 

The Canadiens are missing top defenseman Andre Markov, who could return later in the series. Montreal’s stingy defense has been good for hockey 'under' total bettors, but Game 7 was an 'over' versus Pittburgh.

The Habs have been led by Jaroslav Halak, who has a save percentage over .930 for the postseason. Forward Mike Cammalleri leads all NHL playoff scorers with 12. Bodog’s NHL betting odds for the Stanley Cup have the Flyers at 9/2.