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Philadelphia Flyers vs. Los Angeles Kings - 2/4/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Kings (26-21-4) at Philadelphia Flyers (26-20-6)
Date & Time Saturday February 4, 2017, 1:00 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers -118 / Los Angeles Kings -102 --- Over/Under: 5
TV Channel
CSN-Philadelphia
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The Wells Fargo Center will be rocking with NHL hockey fans when the Los Angeles Kings faceoff with the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Los Angeles Kings have emerged from the All Star break looking like a team that’s ready to make a run for the Stanley Cup. The Kings were clicking on all cylinders in a 5-0 rout of the Colorado Avalanche who are simply playing the role of spoiler. Not this time however, as the LAK received a pair of tallies from Jeff Carter with Marian Gaborik, Dwight King and Dustin Brown each lighting the lamp. Peter Budaj logged his 6th shutout of the year on 22 stops for the Kings 4th straight win. Spencer Martin posted 35 saves but the Avs struggles continued with loss number nine in a row. 

The Philadelphia Flyers have had their good times and bad times and right now it’s been good. The Flyers squeezed past the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 on Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center for their 4th victory in five contests. The Philly offense came off the sticks of Matt Read, Claude Giroux with Sean Couturier adding an empty net tally. The Flyers defense was airtight with Michal Neuvirth forced to make just 15 saves for the win. The Canadiens lone goal came from Nikita Nesterov with Carey Price taking the loss on 21 saves. The Habs have struggled at Philadelphia and are now 0-10-1 in the last eleven appearances.

The over is 2-0-3 in Kings last 5 Saturday games and Kings are 4-0 in their last 4 overall while the under is 6-0-2 in Kings last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. The under is 3-0-1 in Flyers last 4 vs. a team with a winning record and the Flyers are 4-0 in their last 4 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game while the under is 4-0-1 in Flyers last 5 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game. The under is 4-0-3 in the last 7 meetings in Philadelphia and the under is 5-1-3 in the last 9 meetings while the road team is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings. 

The trends say under but not much else in my view so I’ll wait for goalies to be confirmed…

Pick:
LA Kings -102

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