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Nashville Predators vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 1/1/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Philadelphia Flyers (15-18-5) at Nashville Predators (23-15-2)
Date & Time Tuesday January 1, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Nashville Predators -225 / Philadelphia Flyers +170 --- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
FSTN, NSPA
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The Philadelphia Flyers and Nashville Predators meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Bridgestone Arena.

The Philadelphia Flyers could use a victory after losing four of their last five games. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 12.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Couturier leads Philadelphia with 14 goals, Claude Giroux has 31 assists and Jakub Voracek has 93 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 74.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Brian Elliott has given up 34 goals on 384 shots faced and Cal Pickard has allowed 31 goals on 227 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed three or less goals in five of their last seven games.

The Nashville Predators look for another victory after losing six of their last seven games. The Nashville Predators are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 15.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 14 goals, Ryan Johansen has 25 assists and Roman Josi has 142 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 80.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 58 goals on 741 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 39 goals on 368 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or more goals in five of their last 10 games.

The Flyers are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference, 1-6 in their last 7 road games and 6-14 in their last 20 overall. The Predators are 9-4 in their last 13 games playing on 0 days rest, 62-29 in their last 91 home games and 2-7 in their last 9 Tuesday games. The over is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings in Nashville. The under is 6-2 in Flyers last 8 overall. The over is 4-1 in Predators last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The under is 4-1 in Flyers last 5 road games.

Neither of these teams have been lighting the world on fire, but you know it's only a matter of time before the Nashville Predators snap out of their funk. The Philadelphia Flyers are horrible on the road and have some recent offensive issues that won't allow them to get back in the winning column. The Nashville Predators have a ton of recent losses, but most of their struggles have come on the road, they're still one of the best home teams in the league. I'll back the Preds here, even if the price is crazy steep. 

Pick:
Nashville Predators -225

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