Chicago Blackhawks vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 10/18/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia Flyers (1-0-1) at Chicago Blackhawks (1-2-0)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 8:30 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -152 / Philadelphia Flyers +137 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN, CSNC, NBCSN
The Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks meet Tuesday night in a NHL matchup at the United Center.
The Philadelphia Flyers are off to a strong 1-0-1 start to the season and wrap up a three-game road trip. The Flyers offense has put together seven goals in two games and has seven players with at least four shots on goal. Sean Couturier lads Philadelphia with two goals, while Brandon Manning and Travis Konecny have combined for six assists and nine shots on goal. The Flyers defense has been a minor concern, as Michal Neuvirth and Steve Mason have given up six goals on a combined 60 shots faced. The Philadelphia Flyers are killing 88.9 percent of power plays and have lost six straight regular season games when allowing more than two goals. Brayden Schenn is suspended for this game.
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The Chicago Blackhawks hope for another strong home victory to get back to a .500 record. The Blackhawks issues have also been on the defensive end, as Chicago is killing just 46.2 percent of power plays and has allowed 11 goals in the first three games. Corey Crawford has given up six goals on 59 shots faced while Scott Darling has allowed three goals on 36 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have lost 10 of their last 13 regular season games when allowing more than two goals. Offensively, the Blackhawks have been led by Richard Panik, who has four goals and five points, while Marian Hossa and Duncan Keith have combined for six assists and 12 shots on goal. The Blackhawks already have three power play goals, so it’s clear the difference for Chicago early has been whoever has the extra man advantage.
The Flyers are 3-9 in their last 12 games playing on 2 days rest and 7-0 in their last 7 vs. Central. The Blackhawks are 13-6 in their last 19 vs. Eastern Conference and 123-60 in their last 183 home games. The Flyers are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Chicago and 21-8 in the last 29 meetings overall.
The Flyers have beaten the Blackhawks in three straight meetings, so there's value with the plus money here. However, it's clear the Blackhawks are the better team overall and they continue to be one of the tougher teams to beat on their home ice. I'll side with the Chicago Blackhawks and the OK price, as I think all these road games to start the season can take its toll.