Anaheim Ducks at Philadelphia Flyers
|Date & Time||Saturday February 9, 2019, 1:00 PM (EST)|
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia Flyers -244 / Anaheim Ducks +188
NBCS-Philadelphia, Prime Ticket
The Anaheim Ducks and the Philadelphia Flyers meet in NHL action from the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Anaheim Ducks will be out to snap another 6-game losing streak after a 4-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators in their last outing. Ottawa jumped out to an early 1-0 lead heading into the 1st intermission and doubled that advantage after 40 minutes of play, as starting goaltender John Gibson went down to injury late in the 2nd period. Ottawa would add a 3rd and put a 4th into a yawning empty net to send the Ducks home empty-handed for the 6th straight game, despite outshooting Ottawa by a final tally of 45-35. Even in the shortened outing, Gibson took the loss after allowing a pair of goals on 24 shots faced in the losing effort.
The Philadelphia Flyers will look to rebound after having their 8-game winning streak snapped with a 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings in their last outing. Los Angeles opened the scoring and took a 1-0 lead into the 1st intermission before Sean Couturier tied the game at one 7:00 into the 2nd. The Kings would respond and take a 2-1 lead into the 3rd that L.A. held onto for much of the final frame before Jakub Voracek bailed the Flyers out with :18 to go to send us to overtime. The extra period solved nothing, so it was off to a shootout where Claude Giroux and Nolan Patrick scored on their shootout attempts. However, the Kings also scored 2 of 3 so it was off to sudden death where the Flyers missed each of their next 3 chances as the Kings buried in round 6 to send the Flyers back with just a single point to show for their hard work. Anthony Stolarz took the loss, falling to 3-3-3 this season after stopping 37 of 39 shots faced in regulation and OT.
Anaheim is 2-18 in their last 20 games overall and 1-11 in their last 12 games against the Eastern Conference while the under is 11-4-2 in their last 17 games as a road underdog. Philadelphia is 8-1 in their last 9 games overall and 6-1 in their last 7 home games while the under is 10-2 in their last 12 games against the Western Conference. Anaheim is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams and 7-0 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Philadelphia.
The plus money with Anaheim is worth a look as the losing can’t happen forever and it could stop here as the Ducks have had the upper hand in recent meetings with the Flyers. However, this is still an Anaheim team that’s lost 18 of their last 20 games, and the Flyers already took the first meeting earlier this season. The Ducks are also now without their starting goaltender, and I’m not the guy who trusts Chad Johnson to do much of anything in the Ducks’ goal crease. This isn’t the kind of price I’d like to lay with the Flyers, but until the Ducks show signs of life, Anaheim has to be fade material. I’ll lay the juice with Philly here and try to parlay it with a couple of other games on Saturday’s card.