Philadelphia Flyers vs. Vegas Golden Knights Betting Pick 1/2/20

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Facing each other for the final time this year, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Vegas Golden Knights take the ice at T-Mobile Arena. AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain will broadcast this East-West matchup, and the puck drops at 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 2.

Philadelphia Flyers at Vegas Golden Knights Odds

Philadelphia (+140) is entering this one as the underdog to Vegas (-160), and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The line for betting that total stands at -120 for the under and +100 for the over.

Producing -9.6 units for moneyline bettors, the Golden Knights are 22-21 straight up (SU) overall this year. That winning percentage, ranked third in the Pacific Division so far in this young season, is right in line with what the team posted during the 2018-19 season (43-39). Among the team’s 43 games this season, 21 have gone over the total, while an additional 21 have gone under and just one has pushed. The team’s 12-10 SU at home this year.

Vegas has converted on 22.0 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked ninth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.4 percent of all penalties.

As a collective unit, Vegas has been whistled for penalties 3.9 times per game overall this season, and 4.8 per game over its last five home outings. The team’s had to kill penalties for 11.8 minutes per contest over its last five home games.

Boasting a .913 save percentage and 27.6 saves per game, Marc-Andre Fleury (16-12-3) has been the top goalkeeper for the Golden Knights this season. If head coach Gerard Gallant decides to give him the night off, however, the team could go with Malcolm Subban (6-9-9 record, .904 save percentage, 2.90 goals against average).

Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone will both be focal points for the Golden Knights. Pacioretty (41 points) has tallied 16 goals and 25 assists and has recorded two or more points on 10 separate occasions this year. Stone has 16 goals and 24 assists to his name and has notched at least one point in 27 contests.

On the other hand, Philadelphia is 22-18 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 3.3 units this season. 20 of its games have gone over the total, while 19 have gone under the total and just one has pushed. Philadelphia’s 9-12 SU as a road team this season.

Philadelphia has converted on 19.7 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 11th overall and it’s successfully killed off 81.8 percent of all opponent power plays.

Philadelphia’s skaters have been whistled for penalties 3.4 times per game in total this season, 3.2 per game over their last five games total, and 3.4 per game over their last five on the road. The team’s been forced to kill penalties just 6.4 minutes per game over their last five outings.

Carter Hart (2.41 goals against average and .911 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Philadelphia. Hart is averaging 21.9 saves per game and owns a 13-14-3 record.

Travis Konecny (11 goals, 24 assists) has been one of the top playmaking threats for the visiting Flyers.

Philadelphia Flyers at Vegas Golden Knights Betting Picks

Free Pick: SU Winner – Flyers, O/U – Over

Notes

Betting Trends

Philadelphia is 4-5 in games decided by a shootout this season while Vegas is 3-0 in shootouts.

For both of these clubs, the over has hit in three of their last five matchups.

Vegas has attempted 34.1 shots per game overall this season (the third-most in the NHL), and 35.6 across their last 10 outings.

Over Philadelphia’s last ten games, eight of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 3-5 in those games).

The Golden Knights this season have handed out the fourth-most hits per game in the NHL (27.1), but that average has risen to 32.4 over their past five games as the home team.

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