Canadians – Flyers: Experts Speak Out

Eight of our 13 experts predict a loss for the Canadiens in the first round. If there were only two, Réjean Tremblay and Denis Poissant, to have successfully predicted a victory for the Canadian in the qualifying round against the Pittsburgh Penguins, our experts are more divided as to the outcome of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs kicking off tonight in the NHL.

The Canadian, who was not in the top eight teams in the Eastern Conference, caused the surprise by eliminating rivals Pennsylvania in four games.

The Habs won their first playoff series since winning the Ottawa Senators in the first round in 2015.

Some of our journalists and columnists are convinced that this unexpected journey for the Montreal team will continue in the first round of the series.

They are indeed five to claim that the Canadian will eliminate his next opponents, the Philadelphia Flyers, to advance to the next round. The first clash, obviously played behind closed doors, will take place tomorrow in Toronto.

On the other hand, our eight other experts believe that the Flyers will overcome the Habs and, in a unanimous verdict, they predict that this series will end in six games.

Other than Tremblay, the only one to predict that the Flyers will suffer a quick elimination in five games is Poissant. Luc Grenier, Yvon Pedneault and José Théodore also give the CH advantage in six or seven games.

L’Avalanche favorite

According to the Las Vegas bookmakers, a heavy order awaits Claude Julien’s team since the Flyers, of which we will find behind the bench two former CH head coaches in Alain Vigneault and Michel Therrien, are the second favorites to win the Stanley Cup behind the Colorado Avalanche.

In a proportion of 30/1, the Canadian appears to be underdog, occupying the penultimate place, tied with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Arizona Coyotes (40/1) have the least chance of lifting the precious trophy among the 16 qualifying teams.

MICHEL BERGERON

Columnist, Journal de Québec

Philadelphia

 Six

Columbus

 Six

Washington

 Six

Caroline

 Six

Las Vegas

 In five

Colorado

 In five

St. Louis

 Six

Calgary

 In five

JONATHAN BERNIER

Journalist, Journal de Montréal

Philadelphia

 Six

Columbus

 Six

NY Islanders

 In seven

Boston

 In seven

Las Vegas

 Six

Colorado

 In five

St. Louis

 Six

Dallas

 In seven

MATHIEU BOULAY

Journalist, Journal de Montréal

Philadelphia

 Six

Columbus

 In seven

Washington

 In seven

Caroline

 In seven

Las Vegas

 In five

Colorado

 In five

St. Louis

 Six

Dallas

 In seven

LOUIS BUTCHER

Journalist, Journal de Montréal

Philadelphia

 Six

Tampa bay

 Six

Washington

 In five

Boston

 Six

Las Vegas

 Six

Colorado

 In five

St. Louis

 Six

Dallas

 In seven

STÉPHANE CADORETTE

Journalist, Journal de Québec

Philadelphia

 Six

Tampa bay

 In five

NY Islanders

 Six

Boston

 In five

Las Vegas

 In five

Colorado

 In five

St. Louis

 Six

Dallas

 In seven

JEAN-FRANÇOIS CHAUMONT

Journalist, Journal de Montréal

Philadelphia

 Six

Tampa bay

 Six

NY Islanders

 In seven

Boston

 Six

Las Vegas

 Six

Colorado

 In five

Vancouver

 In seven

Calgary

 Six

MARC DE FOY

Columnist, Journal de Montréal

Philadelphia

 Six

Tampa Bay

 In seven

Washington

 Six

Caroline

 Six

Las Vegas

 Six

Colorado

 In five

St. Louis

 Six

Dallas

 Six

LUC GRENIER

Sports Director, Journal de Québec

Montréal

 In seven

Tampa bay

 In seven

Washington

 Six

Caroline

 In seven

Las Vegas

 Six

Colorado

 In five

St. Louis

 Six

Calgary

 Six

YVON PEDNEAULT

Columnist, Journal de Québec

Montréal

 In seven

Columbus

 Six

Washington

 Six

Caroline

 Six

Las Vegas

 In seven

Colorado

 In five

St. Louis

 Six

DENIS POISSANT

Sports Director, Journal de Montréal

Montréal

 Six

Columbus

 In seven

Washington

 Six

Caroline

 In seven

Las Vegas

 In five

Colorado

 In five

St. Louis

 Six

Calgary

 In seven

FRANÇOIS-DAVID ROULEAU

Journalist, Journal de Montréal

Philadelphia

 Six

Tampa bay

 Six

NY Islanders

 In seven

Caroline

 Six

Las Vegas

 In five

Colorado

 In five

St. Louis

 Six

Calgary

 Six

JOSÉ THEODORE

Columnist, Journal de Montréal

Montréal

 In seven

Columbus

 Six

NY Islanders

 In seven

Caroline

 In seven

Las Vegas

 In five

Colorado

 Six

St. Louis

 In five

Calgary

 In seven

REJEAN TREMBLAY

Columnist, Journal de Montréal

Montréal

 In five

Tampa bay

 In seven

Washington

 In seven

Caroline

 Six

Las Vegas

 Six

Colorado

 Six

St. Louis

 In seven

Dallas

 Six

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