Philadelphia Flyers (20-12-4) at St. Louis Blues (18-12-5)
|Date & Time||Wednesday December 28, 2016, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: St. Louis Blues -150 / Philadelphia Flyers +136 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Philadelphia Flyers look to stay red hot as they take to the road to battle the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.
The Flyers have been one of the biggest surprises in the league so far this season and despite being a playoff team a year ago they have played above expectation so far this season and they should be considered a threat to go on a run in the Eastern Conference. Philly is led by the offensive prowess of Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds, and Jakub Voracek and if that trio can keep it rolling and the resurgence of Steve Mason in the crease can sustain some level of productivity this is going to be a tough team to slow down, even against some of the league’s best teams in hostile territory. The Flyers are expected to start Mason here as he will face off against Jake Allen who is in his first full season as the Blues’ starting net minder.
The Blues meanwhile hit a cold patch heading into the Christmas break as they are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games and have slid down the standings in the Central division but there is still plenty of hockey left to be played and this group has the makings of a Cup contender. St. Louis is very well balanced up front but they don’t have a top end, bona fide scoring threat and that could end up being their down fall as they head deeper into the season. The constant trade rumors surrounding Kevin Shattenkirk have also been a distraction as the defenseman could be on the move by the trade deadline, but until then he will be relied on heavily as a serviceable option on the point.
The Flyers are 8-2 in their last 10 against the Eastern Conference and 11-3 in their last 14 overall while the Blues are 11-4 in their last 15 home games and 2-5 in their last seven overall. Philly is playing very well right now and at this price they are too good to pass up as they are a step ahead of St. Louis right now.