In what’s already their last head-to-head matchup of the regular season, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Philadelphia Flyers face off at the Wells Fargo Center in an East-versus-West tilt. NBC Sports Philadelphia will air the game, and the action gets going at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 9.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Philadelphia Flyers Odds
Chicago (-105) is entering this one as the underdog to Philadelphia (-115), and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-120 to bet the over, +100 for the under).
Philadelphia is 7-8 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage is right in line with what the team produced during last year’s regular season (39-43). Of the team’s 15 games this season, eight have gone over the total, while six have gone under and just one has pushed. The team is 3-4 SU at home so far this year.
The Flyers have converted on 20.4 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 26th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 77.4 percent of all penalties.
The Flyers, as a collective unit, have been whistled for penalties 4.1 times per game this season, a number that is pretty close to last year’s 4.0 penalties per game the team gave up. After serving an average of 10.3 penalty minutes per game a year ago, the team has been forced to kill penalties for 10.3 minutes per outing this season.
Averaging 25.7 saves per game with a .892 save percentage, Brian Elliott (five wins, four losses, and one OT loss) has been the best goalkeeper for the Flyers this season. If Philadelphia chooses to rest him, however, the team might go with Michal Neuvirth (2-4-4 record, .928 save percentage, 2.17 goals against average).
The Flyers will continue to rely on offensive production from Sean Couturier and Jakub Voracek. Couturier (18 points) has tallied nine goals and nine assists and has recorded two or more points six times this year. Voracek has three goals and 15 assists to his name and has recorded a point in eight contests.
Chicago is 7-8 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. A total of seven of its matches have gone over the total, while an additional seven have gone under and just one has pushed. The Blackhawks are 3-4 SU as the visiting team this season.
The Blackhawks have converted on just 13.8 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s ranked 28th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked seventh overall and it’s successfully defended 83.3 percent of all penalties.
Chicago’s players have been whistled for penalties 4.5 times per game this season. Last year, that number was at 3.1, which was the second-lowest mark in the league. After serving an average of 7.1 penalty minutes per game a season ago the team’s been forced to kill penalties for 9.8 minutes per outing this year.
Corey Crawford (.945 save percentage and 1.77 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Chicago. Crawford is averaging 29.1 saves per game and owns a 7-6 record.
Patrick Kane (five goals, nine assists) has been one of the most vital facilitators on offense for the visiting Blackhawks.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Philadelphia Flyers Free Picks
Predictions: SU Winner – Flyers, O/U – Over
After going 7-5 in games decided by a shootout last year, the Flyers are off to a 0-1 start in shootouts this season. Chicago went 4-1 in shootouts last year and has yet to participate in one this time around.
The total has gone under in four of Chicago’s last five games.