Squaring off for the final time this year, the San Jose Sharks and the Philadelphia Flyers clash at the Wells Fargo Center. The opening face-off takes place at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 25, and you’ll be able to watch this cross-country matchup live on NBC Sports Philadelphia.
San Jose Sharks vs. Philadelphia Flyers Odds
Philadelphia (-205) is currently favored over San Jose (+175), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals (-120 to bet the under, +100 for the over).
The Flyers are 35-27 straight up (SU) and have earned 7.4 units for moneyline bettors this season. That early-season winning percentage is a welcome improvement over the 37-45 record from the 2018-19 season campaign. Through 62 regular season contests, 33 of its games have gone over the total, while 28 have gone under and just one has pushed. The team’s 21-9 SU at home this year.
Philadelphia has converted on 20.1 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is rated 12th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.8 percent of all penalties.
As a collective unit, Philadelphia has been penalized 3.4 times per game overall this season, 3.8 per game over its last five outings total, and 3.4 per game over its last five home outings. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays for just 7.8 minutes per game over its last 10 outings, overall.
Averaging 22.6 saves per game with a .909 save percentage, Carter Hart (19 wins, 18 losses, and three OT losses) has been the primary option in goal for the Flyers this season. If head coach Alain Vigneault chooses to rest him, however, the team could go with Brian Elliott (15-15-15 record, .899 save percentage, 2.90 goals against average).
Sean Couturier and Travis Konecny will both look to continue their strong seasons for the Flyers. Couturier (55 points) is up to 19 goals and 36 assists and has recorded two or more points 12 times this year. Konecny has 21 goals and 33 assists to his name and has notched a point in 38 games.
On the visiting bench, San Jose is 26-36 straight up (SU) and has lost 11.4 units for moneyline bettors thus far. A total of 34 of its matches have gone under the total, while 26 have gone over and just two have pushed. San Jose’s 12-20 SU as the visiting team this season.
San Jose has converted on just 16.2 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s ranked 27th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked first overall and it’s successfully killed off 86.2 percent of all penalties.
San Jose’s players have been whistled for penalties 4.1 times per game this season, 3.8 per game over their past five outings total, and 4.0 per game over their last five games as the visiting team. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays just 8.2 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Martin Jones (.894 save percentage and 3.11 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for San Jose. Jones is averaging 25.0 saves per game and has 14 wins, 22 losses, and two OT losses to his credit.
Brent Burns (12 goals, 30 assists) has been one of the most vital facilitators on offense for the visiting Sharks.
San Jose Sharks vs. Philadelphia Flyers Betting Predictions
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Sharks, O/U – Over
The Flyers are 11-6 SU when they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Sharks are 12-17 SU in games where they serve more minutes than their opponent.
San Jose is 2-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Philadelphia is 5-5 in shootouts.
Philadelphia is ranked 26th in the league with 6.4 takeaways per game. That figure has trended down lately, however, as the team has created 5.6 takeaways over its last 10 games and 5.6 takeaways over its last five.
San Jose has given up 3.5 goals per game (while managing just 1.8 goals per contest) over its four-game losing skid.
San Jose skaters have forced 5.6 takeaways per game over its last five road games, a drop-off from its season average of 8.3 takeaways per game (ranked eighth in the NHL).