New Jersey Devils (24-12-8) at Philadelphia Flyers (21-16-8)
|Date & Time||Saturday January 20, 2018, 1:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers -125 / New Jersey Devils +113 --- Over/Under: 5.5
Saturday afternoon NHL action comes to the Wells Fargo Center where the New Jersey Devils collide with the Philadelphia Flyers.
The New Jersey Devils appeared to be losing their hold on second in the Metropolitan as the team suffered through six game slide. New Jersey is hoping things are back on track following back to back wins after upending the Washington Capitals 4-3 in overtime on Thursday. Washington received two goals from Brett Connolly with Dmitry Orlov also lighting the lamp.
The balanced Devils attack saw scoring from four different players with Drew Stafford, Andy Greene and Miles Wood lighting the lamp in regulation before Taylor Hall netted the winner just 34 seconds in to OT. Sami Vatanen added a pair of helpers for New Jersey and Keith Kinkaid picked up the win with 16 saves. Braden Holtby was charged with four goals on 32 shots to get the loss for Washington.
The Philadelphia Flyers are no strangers to highs and lows but the team is enjoying wins in six of eight. Philadelphia is coming off of a 3-2, overtime victory versus the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs where a third period rally was key. The Maple Leafs received second period goals from Connor Brown and Frederik Gauthier with Frederik Andersen allowing three goals on 37 shots to get the loss.
The Flyers who have battled inconsistency at times did nothing offensively until the third period when Nolan Patrick scored at 1:33 with Wayne Simmonds netting the equalizer 1:52 later. Sean Couturier tallied just 18 seconds in to the extra session to secure the two points for Philadelphia who received 29 saves from Michal Neuvirth.
Devils are 1-6 in their last 7 road games and the over is 6-1 in Devils last 7 vs. Metropolitan and the over is 5-1 in Devils last 6 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game. Flyers are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record and Flyers are 4-0 in their last 4 home games and Flyers are 5-1 in their last 6 overall. Under is 9-1-2 in the last 12 meetings in Philadelphia and Devils are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Philadelphia and Devils are 19-8 in the last 27 meetings.
Philadelphia is hot and just beat the Devils but New Jersey always seems like an itch that can’t be scratched…