Philadelphia Flyers (14-16-7) at Carolina Hurricanes (10-23-4)
|Date & Time||Friday January 2, 2015, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -105 / Philadelphia Flyers -105 --- Over/Under: 5
The Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes play Friday night at the PNC Arena.
The Philadelphia Flyers have split their last six games and continue their lengthy road trip. The Flyers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Philadelphia Flyers have two power play goals in their last seven games and have won five of their last six games when scoring at least three goals. Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds have combined for 30 goals, Claude Giroux has 30 assists and Brayden Schenn has 71 shots on goal. Defensively, the Flyers are allowing 2.9 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last six games. Steve Mason has allowed 60 goals on 724 shots faced and Ray Emery has given up 39 goals on 382 shots faced.
The Carolina Hurricanes continue to struggle as they’ve lost five of their last six games. The Hurricanes are averaging 1.9 goals per game and have scored three goals in their last three games. The Carolina Hurricanes have one power play goal in their last six games and have won four of their last five games when scoring at least three goals overall. Jiri Tlusty leads Carolina with 10 goals, Justin Faulk has 14 assists and Jeff Skinner has 110 shots on goal. Defensively, the Hurricanes are allowing 2.6 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five straight games. Cam Ward has allowed 62 goals on 724 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has given up 30 goals on 310 shots.
The Flyers are 4-10 in their last 14 vs. Eastern Conference and 7-16 in their last 23 overall. The Hurricanes are 7-22 in their last 29 vs. Eastern Conference and 20-43 in their last 63 overall. The Flyers are 10-3 in the last 13 meetings in Carolina and 39-16-6 in the last 61 meetings overall.
Both teams are towards the bottom of the league and haven't been playing any type of consistent hockey. I'm taking the Hurricanes mainly due to the home ice but the best bet here may be avoiding this game altogether.