Maple Leafs vs. Flyers - 12/20/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia Flyers (11-14-6) at Toronto Maple Leafs (19-10-3)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs -153 / Philadelphia Flyers +138 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs play Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre.
The Philadelphia Flyers have split their last four games and begin an eight-game road trip. The Flyers are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Philadelphia Flyers have a power play goal in eight of their last nine games and have won six of their last nine games when scoring at least three goals overall. Wayne Simmonds leads Philly with 14 goals, Jakub Voracek has 26 assists and Claude Giroux has 122 shots on goal. Defensively, the Flyers are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are 6-6 on power play kills in their last two games. Steve Mason has allowed 53 goals on 667 shots faced and Ray Emery has given up 30 goals on 296 shots. The Flyers have lost 10 of their last 11 road games.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have won six of their last seven games and are climbing in the Atlantic. The Maple Leafs are averaging 3.4 goals per game and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The Toronto Maple Leafs have three power play goals in their last four games and have won seven of their last eight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Phil Kessel leads Toronto with 17 goals, James van Riemsdyk has 15 assists and Nazem Kadri has 74 shots on goal. Defensively, the Maple Leafs are allowing 2.8 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last 10 games. Jonathan Bernier has allowed 57 goals on 731 shots faced and James Reimer has given up 32 goals on 352 shots.
The Flyers are 7-20 in their last 27 road games and 1-7 in their last 8 vs. a team with a winning record. The Maple Leafs are 13-3 in their last 16 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Metropolitan. The Flyers are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Toronto and 11-5 in the last 16 meetings overall.
While the Flyers have beaten up the Maple Leafs in years past, Toronto is playing some of its best hockey right now and has been automatic on its home ice. The price may not be great, but the Maple Leafs are the play here.