Philadelphia Flyers (9-13-4) at Columbus Blue Jackets (9-15-2)
|Date & Time||Tuesday December 9, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -120 / Philadelphia Flyers +109 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Philadelphia Flyers and Columbus Blue Jackets play Tuesday night at the Nationwide Arena.
The Philadelphia Flyers have lost six of their last seven games and wrap up a five-game road trip. The Flyers are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored nine goals in their last five games. The Philadelphia Flyers have scored a power play goal in four straight games and have won eight of their last 12 games overall when scoring at least three goals. Wayne Simmonds leads Philly with 11 goals, Jakub Voracek has 24 assists and Claude Giroux has 108 shots on goal. Defensively, the Flyers are allowing three goals per game and are 9-10 on power play kills in their last two games. Steve Mason has allowed 46 goals on 563 shots faced and Ray Emery has given up 29 goals on 278 shots.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have won three straight and are trying to turn their season around. The Blue Jackets are averaging 2.3 goals per game and have scored nine goals during their winning streak. The Columbus Blue Jackets have two power play goals in their last four games and are 7-2 this season when scoring at least three goals. Nick Foligno leads Columbus with 11 goals, Ryan Johansen has 16 assists and Cam Atkinson has 87 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blue Jackets are allowing 3.3 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last eight games. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 46 goals on 557 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up 28 goals on 272 shots.
The Flyers are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 7-19 in their last 26 road games. The Blue Jackets are 2-8 in their last 10 home games and 4-11 in their last 15 vs. Eastern Conference. The Flyers are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Columbus and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are at least showing signs of progress and have had success against the Flyers. Philly is just a mess right now and likely just wants to go home after a poor road trip. Give me the home team and the small chalk.