Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 12/19/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia Flyers (14-12-6) at Columbus Blue Jackets (12-19-3)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -115 / Philadelphia Flyers -105 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia Flyers invade Nationwide Arena to tangle with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Philadelphia Flyers turned up the intensity on defense in a 2-0 victory versus the Vancouver Canucks Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center. The loss was especially painful for the Canucks with captain Daniel Sedin leaving with a lower body injury. Vancouver goalie Jacob Markstrom was a tough luck loser with both goals allowed on 31 shots as the Nucks fell to 11-14-8 overall with a 2-6-2 record in the last ten contests. Michael Raffl and Sean Couturier lit the lamp for Philadelphia and Steve Mason made the support stand up as he logged his second shutout of the year on the strength of a 36 save performance as the Flyers upped their record to 14-12-6 and are 7-2-1 in the past ten.
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Defense was optional Thursday when the Columbus Blue Jackets outscored the Arizona Coyotes 7-5 at the Gila River Arena. Blue Jackets fans were probably thrilled with Cam Atkinson, Brandon Saad, Alexander Wennberg, David Clarkson, Brandon Dubinsky, Nick Foligno and Matt Calvert supplying the firepower to make Curtis McElhinney and his 27 stops a winning effort that pushed Columbus to 12-19-3. The Coyotes received a pair of tallies from Tobias Reider with Viktor Tikhonov, Antoine Vermette and Jordan Martinook joining him in the scoring column. Anders Lindback allowed four goals on ten shots before getting pulled with Louis Dominigue giving up a pair of tallies on ten shots.
The over is 4-0-1 in Flyers last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and the under is 3-0-3 in Flyers last 6 Saturday games while the over is 3-0-1 in Flyers last 4 vs. Metropolitan. The under is 3-0-1 in Blue Jackets last 4 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game and is 11-0-1 in Blue Jackets last 12 vs. Eastern Conference while the Blue Jackets are 0-4 in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. The Flyers are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings and are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings in Columbus while the over is 8-2-1 in the last 11 meetings. I have a slight lean to the over until goalies are confirmed…