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Philadelphia Flyers vs. Edmonton Oilers - 10/21/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Edmonton Oilers (2-4-0) at Philadelphia Flyers (4-3-0)
Date & Time Saturday October 21, 2017, 1:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers -120 / Edmonton Oilers +109 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The NHL comes to the Wells Fargo Center when the Edmonton Oilers take the ice with the Philadelphia Flyers. 

The Edmonton Oilers travel to the Philadelphia Flyers for back to back road contests. Edmonton defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 in overtime on Thursday night to end a four game slide with their second victory of the season.

A power play tally from Mark Letestu with only 16 seconds remaining in the extra session ended the Oilers skid. Patrick Maroon also scored for Edmonton and Connor McDavid added a pair of assists to make a winner of Cam Talbot who recorded 30 saves. 

The Blackhawks opened the scoring on Patrick Kane’s tally at 7:33 of the first period on assists from Jan Rutta and Duncan Keith but could not do any more damage the rest of the way. Anton Forsberg was outstanding in defeat with a 40 save effort as Chicago allowed too many shots.

The Philadelphia Flyers play their 4th straight home games on Saturday afternoon versus the Edmonton Oilers. The Nashville Predators defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 on Thursday night for win number four in five games and it was the second win versus the Flyers this season.

The Predators knocked off Philadelphia 6-5 in a wild first matchup on their home ice but this was all about defense this time around.  This one was scoreless until Nashville’s Colton Sissons lit the lamp  at 3:49 of the third period on an assist from Kevin Fiala. Predators goalie Pekka Rinne didn’t need any more help in earning his 44th career shutout with 28 stops. 

Philadelphia was second in the NHL in scoring but were 0-5 on the power play and struggled to get shots on Pekka Rinne until the third when the team applied some pressure with 12 shots. The Flyers received 23 saves from Michal Neuvirth as a chance at a third straight win went by the wayside. 

Over is 3-0-1 in Oilers last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and Oilers are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Metropolitan and over is 6-1 in Oilers last 7 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game. Flyers are 4-0 in their last 4 Saturday games and Flyers are 7-0 in their last 7 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game and under is 5-1 in Flyers last 6 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game. Home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and Oilers are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Philadelphia and Oilers are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. 

I think Philadelphia has an edge here with the way Edmonton has been struggling but I need to see goalies…

Philadelphia -120 // will update

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