Columbus Blue Jackets (10-18-2) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (10-15-7)
December 20, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers -178 / Columbus Blue Jackets +146; Over/Under: +6
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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Wells Fargo Center. The Columbus Blue Jackets have lost 4 straight games. The Philadelphia Flyers have lost 7 of their last 9 games.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 15.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Boone Jenner leads Columbus with 11 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 23 assists and Patrik Laine has 67 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 4.1 goals per game and are killing 77.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 36 goals on 370 shots faced, and Elvis Merzlikins has given up 55 goals on 403 shots.
The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 15.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Travis Konecny leads Philadelphia with 12 goals, Kevin Hayes has 20 assists and Scott Laughton has 66 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 75.3 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Carter Hart has allowed 67 goals on 766 shots faced, and Felix Sandstrom has given up 28 goals on 251 shots.
The Blue Jackets are 18-44 in their last 62 road games and 16-35 in their last 51 overall. The Flyers are 17-35 in their last 52 home games and 22-62 in their last 84 overall. The under is 10-2 in Blue Jackets last 12 overall. The under is 7-3 in Flyers last 10 overall. The Blue Jackets are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Philadelphia and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The underdog is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Philadelphia Flyers are the more talented team on paper, and they’re certainly more trustworthy defensively. However, I’m not laying big juice with the Flyers in their current form, no matter who they’re playing. The Columbus Blue Jackets are a mess, but you can say similar things about the Flyers. Neither of these teams have played well the last two or three weeks. It’s give me the plus money or pass.