Last Updated: 2017-12-07
Getting their final head-to-head matchup of the season out of the way early in the year, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Vancouver Canucks meet at Rogers Arena for an East-West showdown. The opening face-off is at 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 7, and you will be able to catch it live on Sportsnet Pacific.
Philadelphia Flyers at Vancouver Canucks Odds
With a moneyline of -120, Vancouver comes into the contest as the favorite. The line for Philadelphia sits at +100, and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals (-120 to bet the under, +100 for the over).
Earning 4.5 units for moneyline bettors, Vancouver is 14-14 straight up (SU) overall this year. That early-season winning percentage is a surprising improvement over the 30-52 record from last year’s regular season campaign. Through 28 regular season contests, 14 of its games have gone over the total, while another 14 have gone under and none have pushed. This season, the team’s 5-8 SU at home.
The Canucks have converted on 21.2 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 17th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 80.2 percent of all penalties.
The Canucks, as a collective unit, have been penalized 3.8 times per game overall this season, and 2.2 per game over their last five contests at home. The team has been forced to kill penalties for just 5.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, in total.
With a .917 save percentage and 26.6 saves per game, Jacob Markstrom (8-12-3) has been the best option in goal for Vancouver this season. If the Nucks, however, decide to give him a rest, head coach Travis Green might turn to Anders Nilsson (6-3-3 record, .922 save percentage, 2.68 goals against average).
The Nucks will continue to rely on leadership from Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat. Boeser (25 points) has produced 13 goals and 12 assists and has recorded two or more points six times this year. Horvat has 10 goals and 10 assists to his name and has notched a point in 13 contests.
Over on the other bench, Philadelphia is 9-18 straight up (SU) and has lost 11.7 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. Through 27 regular season outings, 14 of its games have gone over the total, while 12 have gone under and just one has pushed. As the road team so far, the Flyers are 5-8 SU.
The Flyers have converted on 18.0 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 27th overall and it’s successfully killed off 76.5 percent of all opponent power plays.
Philadelphia’s skaters have been penalized 4.1 times per game in total this season, 4.0 per game over their last five match ups total, and 4.0 per game over their last five games as the visiting team. The team has had to kill penalties 8.6 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Brian Elliott (28.1 saves per game) has been the main option in the net for Philadelphia. Elliott has seven wins, 13 losses, and six overtime losses to his credit, while registering a .908 save percentage and 2.92 goals against average this year.
Jakub Voracek (seven goals, 26 assists) has been one of the top playmakers on offense for the visiting Flyers.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Vancouver Canucks Betting Predictions
Predictions: SU Winner – Canucks, O/U – Under
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Vancouver is 0-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Philadelphia is 0-2 in shootouts.
The over has hit in three of Vancouver’s last five outings.
Vancouver has allowed 2.8 goals per game overall this year, but has driven that figure down to 1.3 per contest across its three-game winning streak.
Over Philadelphia’s last ten games, five of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 1-4 in those games).