Anaheim Ducks (3-3-1) at Philadelphia Flyers (5-3-0)
|Date & Time||Tuesday October 24, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers / Anaheim Ducks --- Over/Under:
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The Philadelphia Flyers look to stay red hot to start the season as they welcome the Anaheim Ducks to town on Tuesday night.
The Ducks look to get a victory on Tuesday night in Philly as they welcome Ryan Getzlaf back to the lineup but they will have to get through a Flyers side that has looked great to start the year and are red hot on home ice over their last 11 games with a 9-2 record. Anaheim came into the season looking to make another deep playoff run after getting ousted by the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference final a season ago, and with the defense core intact, John Gibson manning the crease, and a balanced offense this is certainly a group capable of getting back to the same juncture they hit last year. Gibson is expected to get the start here as he will face off against Brian Elliott who has settled in nicely to the starter’s role in Philly after a disappointing campaign last year in Calgary.
The Flyers meanwhile have struggled with consistency as they are 1-5 in their last six games following a win but they have been getting victories at a pretty steady pace so it isn’t all bad as they are looking like a group who could go on a playoff run of their own in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers are led by Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, and Wayne Simmonds in the offensive zone and with a 9-2 record in their last 11 games at home and an 8-0 mark in their last eight after scoring two or less in their previous game I think it is safe to say the Flyers offense will be ready to roll in this one against the Ducks.
The Ducks are 1-4 in their last five road games and have played to the UNDER in five of their last six while the Flyers are 4-1 in their last five against the Pacific and have played to the UNDER in four of their last five against the West. This one figures to be a low scoring affair as the Ducks defense is stingy and they haven’t scored a ton while Philly will struggle to find ways through Gibson and the Ducks blue line.