Philadelphia Flyers (11-12-2) at Nashville Predators (13-11-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 30, 2013, 8:00 PM (EST)|
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The Line: Nashville Predators -147 / Philadelphia Flyers +134 --- Over/Under: 5
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It was a strange game for the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday afternoon with the face off getting underway just after 11:30 a.m. Whenever those early start times occur it usually ends up as a sluggish affair with both teams trying to find their way. That's exactly what we got when the Flyers hosted the Winnipeg Jets but at least for Philadelphia Steve Mason was on his game all day. Scott Hartnell woke everyone up with his fifth goal of the season coming just 48 seconds into the game and the Flyers never trailed from that point on. Sean Couturier added his second goal of the season early in the second in what would prove to be the game winner. Couturier is a guy that the Flyers would love to start seeing some production from in order to bring more consistency to their offense.. Mason finished the game with 25 saves and continues to impress in his first full season with Philadelphia. This is excactly the type of goaltending that the Flyers have been looking for and if Mason can continue to provide it for them they'll be in great shape moving forward. Ray Emery should be in line to start this second game of a back-to-back on Saturday night against a Nashville Predators club that struggles to score goals. After two straight victories the Predators couldn't solve Ilya Bryzgalova as they were shutout by the lowly Edmonton Oilers 3-0. With the lack of goal scoring this club has it's hard to imagine them going anywhere in the Western Conference this year. Nashville was thriled when Seth Jones fell to them in the draft this summer but that move did nothing to address the lack of scoring they seem to have year after year. Unless the Predators can start playing better in the offensive zone as a team there are going to be a lot of up and down stretches throughout the rest of the season.