Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 12/23/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia Flyers (15-13-7) at Columbus Blue Jackets (21-13-2)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets / Philadelphia Flyers --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN, FSOH
The Philadelphia Flyers and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Saturday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena.
The Philadelphia Flyers look for another victory after winning seven of their last nine games. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Couturier leads Philadelphia with 16 goals, Jakub Voracek has 34 assists and Claude Giroux has 64 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 76.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Brian Elliott has given up 71 goals on 806 shots faced and Michal Neuvirth has allowed 20 goals on 236 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 11 games.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets could use a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 11 percent of their power play opportunities. Josh Anderson leads Columbus with 13 goals, Artemi Panarin has 22 assists and Oliver Bjorkstrand has 63 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 82.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 70 goals on 880 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 21 goals on 236 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 10 games.
The Flyers are 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games and 13-29 in their last 42 road games. The Blue Jackets are 42-18 in their last 60 home games, 2-5 in their last 7 Saturday games and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record. The Flyers are 1-10 in the last 11 meetings in Columbus, 3-13 in the last 16 meetings and the home team is 17-5 in the last 22 meetings.
The Philadelphia Flyers had that nice little winning stretch last week, but they have yet to prove they can produce victories on the road, and they're on the end of a back to back here. The Columbus Blue Jackets haven't been the most consistent team in the world, but they're a tough out at home and have treated the Flyers like a punching bag in past meetings. Columbus has won eight of the last 10 meetings against the Flyers and hasn't lost at home in years. Give me the Blue Jackets.