Planning on watching today’s Blue Jackets and Flyers game? Catch the action at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA, as the Flyers hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on NBCS. The over/under for this matchup is currently set at 6 goals and the Flyers are the favorite to win at home vs. the Blue Jackets.
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS VS PHILADELPHIA FLYERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Philadelphia Flyers -1.5
This game will be played at Wells Fargo Center at 7:00 ET on Thursday, January 4th.
WHY BET THE PHILADELPHIA FLYERS:
- In spite of being 1.5 goal underdogs, we anticipate the Blue Jackets winning this one 4-3.
- We like the Blue Jackets on the moneyline (+158)
- The Blue Jackets are also our pick on the spread at +1.5
Can The Blue Jackets Secure a Road Victory?
This season, the Blue Jackets have put together an overall record of 12-19-8. When playing on the road, Columbus has gone 4-8-5, while their home record stands at 8-11-3. In the Eastern Metropolitan division, they are currently 8th, and in the Eastern conference, they come into the game sitting 15th.
In terms of the puck line, Columbus are 24-15. When playing on the road against the puck line, they are 13-4, while their overall home performance is 11-11. For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Columbus is 6.8. The season’s average over/under line is currently at 6.5. The Blue Jackets come in with an over/under record of 21-17-1.
Columbus has a 1-2 record in their last three road games. In this stretch, they averaged 4 goals per game while allowing 3. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 3-0.
When looking at their offense, the Blue Jackets have an average of 3.1 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 13th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 15th in the league. Columbus’ offense is currently ranked 26th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 32nd in the league.
Columbus will be looking for a good game from Kirill Marchenko who leads the team in scoring with 13 goals, ranking 62nd in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 8 assists so far.
Defensively, the Flyers are currently 25th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 28.8 shots per game against Philadelphia. They also are 8th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.
Heading into this matchup vs. Philadelphia, goalie Elvis Merzlikins has started 23 games in this season. His current record is 7-8, and his save percentage stands at 0.9313725490196079%.
Will Philadelphia Pull Through as the Favored Home Team?
So far this season, the Flyers have an overall record of 19-13-5. On the road, Philadelphia is 11-6-4 and 8-7-1 at home. They are currently positioned 4th in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 7th in the Eastern conference.
When it came to the puck line, Philadelphia have posted a 26-11 record. Their road performance against the puck line stands at 18-3, while they are 8-8 at home. On average, Philadelphia’s games have finished with 5.8 goals per game. The season’s average over/under line stands at 6.2. In total, the Flyers come in with an over/under record of 15-21-1.
Philadelphia has a 0-3 record in their last three home games. In this stretch, they averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 3. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.
When looking at their offense, the Flyers have an average of 2.9 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 24th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 5th in the league. So far this year, the Flyers are 11-7 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 6-6 in games with fewer shots on goal.
The leading scorer for Philadelphia’s offense is Travis Konecny. Coming into the game he has 18 goals, ranking 15th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Konecny has 15 assists this season.
Philadelphia defense takes on the Blue Jackets ranked 25th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 28.8 shots per game against Philadelphia. They alsso are 8th in shutouts, with 3 shutouts.
Entering the game, goalie Samuel Ersson has started 15 games this season. His current record stands at 9-5, and his save percentage is 0.5490196078431373%.