Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 2/20/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 2/20/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction Photo by Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Flyers at Columbus Blue Jackets

Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 7:00 PM (Nationwide Arena)

Philadelphia Flyers at Columbus Blue Jackets

TV: FSOH, NSPA

The Philadelphia Flyers and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Thursday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena.

The Philadelphia Flyers look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 19.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Travis Konecny leads Philadelphia with 19 goals, Sean Couturier has 35 assists and Claude Giroux has 162 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 82.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Brian Elliott has given up 75 goals on 738 shots faced and Carter Hart has allowed 81 goals on 863 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 12 games.

The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win here to snap a six-game losing streak. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads Columbus with 19 goals, Pierre-Luc Dubois has 27 assists and Seth Jones has 126 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 83 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 78 goals on 901 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 57 goals on 793 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in 12 of their last 14 games.

The Flyers are 3-9 in their last 12 games as a road underdog, 17-7 in their last 24 vs. Eastern Conference and 20-8 in their last 28 games playing on 1 days rest. The Blue Jackets are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a home favorite, 26-12 in their last 38 Thursday games and 0-6 in their last 6 overall. The over is 4-0 in Flyers last 4 overall. The under is 18-7 in Blue Jackets last 25 overall. The Flyers are 3-13 in the last 16 meetings in Columbus and 8-19 in the last 27 meetings.

We're getting plus money with the team playing much better hockey in the Philadelphia Flyers. Not only are the Flyers the hotter team entering this contest, but they just beat the Blue Jackets a couple of days ago in a 5-1 victory. The Flyers have also won three straight games against the Blue Jackets, outscoring them 15-7 during that stretch. Laying juice with the Columbus Blue Jackets who are riding a six-game losing streak doesn't make much sense either. I'll gladly take the plus money in this spot.

Randy’s Pick Philadelphia Flyers +110

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.