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Philadelphia Flyers vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 11/9/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Chicago Blackhawks (7-6-2) at Philadelphia Flyers (7-6-2)
Date & Time Thursday November 9, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers -115 / Chicago Blackhawks +104 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
TVA
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The Chicago Blackhawks head to the City of Brotherly Love for an NHL matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Philadelphia Flyers welcome the Chicago Blackhawks to town who they face for the second time in four games. Philadelphia will be looking to rebound from a 5-4, shootout loss to the visiting Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.

The big Colorado scoring spree saw Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon score in the shootout with Rantanen also scoring in the second. The improved Avalanche saw Blake Comeau, Matt Duchene and Nail Yakupov  also supply offense to make a winner of Semyon Varlamov and his 33 stops. 

Valtteri Filpula, Jakub Voracek, Claude Giroux and Dale Weise tallied for the Flyers but Michal Neuvirth was charged with four goals including two on the power play as well a shorthanded tally.

The Chicago Blackhawks visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday for the second time in a week. Chicago suffered a 2-0 loss at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday night that ended a two game winning streak. 

The Blackhawks offense has been quiet in an unremarkable season thus far despite a hefty 38 shots in suffering their first shutout of 2017-18. Hawks goalie Corey Crawford had not given up a goal in over eight periods and kept his team competitive with a 33 save performance. 

Jonathan Drouin got the Canadiens on the board just 1:54 in to the third period before Joe Morrow doubled the lead at 7:54. Charlie Lindgren did the rest for Montreal with a 38 save effort in picking up his first career shutout versus a dangerous offensive squad. 

Blackhawks are 7-0 in their last 7 vs. Metropolitan and over is 4-0-1 in Blackhawks last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and under is 5-0-1 in Blackhawks last 6 vs. a team with a losing record. Flyers are 0-4 in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and Flyers are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. a team with a losing record and over is 4-0-1 in Flyers last 5 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game. Under is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings in Philadelphia and Blackhawks are 1-13 in the last 14 meetings in Philadelphia and under is 5-1-2 in the last 8 meetings. 

The Blackhawks are the better team but have yet to get going while Philadelphia is beginning to look like last year’s squad. I’ll take a shot with the inconsistent Flyers once I see the goalies…

Pick:
Philadelphia -115 // will update

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