Philadelphia Flyers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 2/18/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 2/18/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction Photo by Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets at Philadelphia Flyers

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 7:00 PM (Wells Fargo Center)

Columbus Blue Jackets at Philadelphia Flyers

TV: FSOH, NSPA

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers Tuesday in NHL action at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win here to snap a five-game losing streak. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads Columbus with 19 goals, Pierre-Luc Dubois has 27 assists and Seth Jones has 126 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 83 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 78 goals on 901 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 57 goals on 793 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in 12 of their last 13 games.

The Philadelphia Flyers look for a win after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 19.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Travis Konecny leads Philadelphia with 19 goals, Sean Couturier has 35 assists and Claude Giroux has 162 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 82.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Brian Elliott has given up 75 goals on 738 shots faced and Carter Hart has allowed 81 goals on 863 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last 11 games.

The Blue Jackets are 6-1 in their last 7 games as a road underdog, 9-3 in their last 12 games as an underdog and 0-5 in their last 5 overall. The Flyers are 4-1 in their last 5 home games, 12-4 in their last 16 games as a home favorite and 27-12 in their last 39 games as a favorite. The under is 19-7 in Blue Jackets last 26 overall. The over is 4-1 in Flyers last 5 overall. The Blue Jackets are 19-7 in the last 26 meetings. The favorite is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings. The home team is 22-10 in the last 32 meetings.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have been nice in the underdog role much of this season, but they're not playing winning hockey over the last two weeks and are now running into a red hot Flyers squad that's fighting for position in a tight playoff race. The Philadelphia Flyers are enjoying their best stretch of the season and their defensive numbers have improved big time over the last few weeks. Sometimes this sport is all about riding the hot hand. Give me the Flyers at home and the cheap price.

Randy’s Pick Philadelphia Flyers -128

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.