San Jose Sharks vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 10/4/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia Flyers (39-33-10) at San Jose Sharks (48-32-8)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)
The Line: San Jose Sharks -149 / Philadelphia Flyers +135 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia Flyers and San Jose Sharks meet Wednesday in NHL action at the SAP Center.
The Philadelphia Flyers are coming off a 39-win season and hope to avoid missing the playoffs back-to-back seasons for the first time since Terry Simpson was coach. The Flyers have a nice returning core in Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek, a trio that combined for 65 goals and 108 assists last season. Philly also has a possible star in 21-year-old rookie Oskar Lindblom, a guy with great scoring potential and flexed some of that muscle last year with Brynäs IF in his home of Sweden. The Flyers have the potential to improve their offensive numbers from a year ago after finishing at the bottom with 2.59 goals per game. The issue is on the defensive end for Philly, as Brian Elliott may not be that much of an improvement over Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth had his struggles big time last year. The Flyers could miss the playoffs two straight seasons for the first time in forever if the defense has issues. The Philadelphia Flyers have lost four of their last five regular season openers.
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The San Jose Sharks have won a combined 92 games the last two seasons and hope for a bounce back year after an early playoff exit. A lot will be made of Patrick Marleau leaving for Toronto after being with the Sharks since the beginning of time it feels like, but San Jose is still one of the more experienced and accomplished rosters in the league. Guys like Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski, Brent Burns, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Logan Couture are back for another season and bring stability to this team. Yes, age is a concern considering the league is proving that youth does play an important role, but it’s easy to trust a team that’s loaded with guys who have been there done that. The goalie situation is also really solid, as Martin Jones is allowing just 2.27 goals per game in his four-year career and Aaron Dell is coming off a season in which he allowed just two goals per game in 17 starts. Whether the Sharks make playoffs or not is still in question, but they’ll certainly be a tough out. The San Jose Sharks have won seven straight regular season openers.
The Flyers are 6-21 in their last 27 road games and 9-24 in their last 33 vs. Pacific. Sharks are 46-22 in their last 68 games playing on 2 days rest, 2-5 in their last 7 games following a win and 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. The Flyers are 1-9-1 in the last 11 meetings in San Jose, 4-17-2 in the last 23 meetings and the under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Sharks have won six of the last seven meetings against the Flyers, and they've also won their last seven regular season openers. The Flyers have some issues on the defensive side and you can expect a veteran team like San Jose to get some quality looks at the net. I'll side with the Sharks to get a victory on opening night.