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Philadelphia Flyers vs. St. Louis Blues - 1/6/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Blues (26-15-2) at Philadelphia Flyers (17-15-8)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)

The Line: Philadelphia Flyers -125 / St. Louis Blues +113 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSMW, CSN, TSN

The St. Louis Blues and Philadelphia Flyers meet Saturday in NHL action at the Wells Fargo Center.

The St. Louis Blues look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 14.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Brayden Schenn leads St. Louis with 17 goals, Jaden Schwartz has 21 assists and Vladimir Tarasenko has 179 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 82.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Jake Allen has given up 81 goals on 929 shots faced and Carter Hutton has allowed 19 goals on 356 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last eight games.

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Philadelphia Flyers vs. St. Louis Blues - 1/6/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Philadelphia Flyers also need a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Couturier leads Philadelphia with 19 goals, Jakub Voracek has 40 assists and Claude Giroux has 80 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Brian Elliott has given up 88 goals on 976 shots faced and Michal Neuvirth has allowed 21 goals on 247 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last eight games.

The Blues are 1-4 in their last 5 road games, 88-38 in their last 126 Saturday games and 20-7 in their last 27 vs. Eastern Conference. The Flyers are 1-5 in their last 6 Saturday games, 10-21 in their last 31 games following a win and 6-2 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest. The Blues are 3-9 in the last 12 meetings in Philadelphia, the home team is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings and the under is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings.

Laying juice with a Philadelphia Flyers squad that's in another one of those funks doesn't seem wise, but I like to side with the home team in early games. It's a lot easier to get up and play early when waking up in your own bed. The Flyers have also been a different team at home this season and have been tough to beat as of late. The Blues have had some issues on the road recently and were shutout by the Flyers when these clubs met back in November. I'm backing the home team here.

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