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Philadelphia Flyers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 12/22/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Columbus Blue Jackets (19-12-3) at Philadelphia Flyers (14-15-4)
Date & Time Saturday December 22, 2018, 1:00 PM (EST)
Location Unknown Location Unknown Address
The Line
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers -118 / Columbus Blue Jackets -110 --- Over/Under: 6.5
TV Channel
FS-Ohio
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The Columbus Blue Jackets visit the Philadelphia Flyers in a Thursday NHL tilt.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have won three of four after squeezing by New Jersey 2-1 on Thursday. The New Jersey Devils have been in a bit of a funk with losses in five of six after a 2-1 loss at Columbus on Thursday. Taylor Hall scored in the second for New Jersey with Kyle Palmieri assisting while Makenzie Blackwood allowed two goals on 38 shots to get the loss. 

Columbus received a first period goal from Nick Foligno with Cam Atkinson scoring unassisted in the second for a 2-0 advantage. Sergei Bobrovsky picked up the win for the Blue Jackets with 29 stops.

The Philadelphia Flyers have enjoyed consecutive victories after upending visiting Nashville 2-1 on Thursday. Nick Bonino lit the lamp for Nashville in the second while Pekka Rinne was tagged with the loss with both goals allowed on 31 shots.

Jakub Voracek gave Philadelphia a 1-0 in the first with Claude Giroux netting the winner in the second. Carter Hutton received the win for the Flyers with 31 saves to improve to 2-0-0.

Under is 5-0 in Blue Jackets last 5 Saturday games and under is 4-0 in Blue Jackets last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and under is 5-0-1 in Blue Jackets last 6 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game. Under is 4-0 in Flyers last 4 overall and Flyers are 1-5 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and Flyers are 1-5 in their last 6 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game. Over is 8-1-1 in the last 10 meetings in Philadelphia and Blue Jackets are 17-5 in the last 22 meetings and home team is 20-8 in the last 28 meetings. 

Goals are generally scored when these teams meet but I’m looking for more defense in this one…

Pick:
under 6.5 // will update

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