Still winless after the first three games of the season, the Florida Panthers (8th in Atlantic Division) will be hoping for better luck this time while visiting the Philadelphia Flyers (7th in Metropolitan), who were just beaten on own ice by Vegas…
Panthers Remain Without A Win
The struggles of the young season continued for the Florida Panthers (0-2-1), who collected their third straight defeat to start the 2018-19 campaign after being edged with a count of 3-2 by the Vancouver Canucks at BB&T Center on Saturday. The Cats were outshot 30-26 and witnessed further 23 shots blocked by the enthusiastic visitors, but still took two separate leads in the game. Jonathan Huberdeau (2 points this year) opened the scoring 12-and-a-half minutes into the second period with his first strike of the season, while Vincent Trocheck (1 goal, 3 points), who assisted on Florida’s first marker, made it 2-1 five minutes later after the Canucks equalized through power play. The visitors did, however, tie the game again shortly after, banking the winner at the start of the final third.
#FlaPanthers look to find rhythm on the road as they prepare to take on Philadelphia and Washington.
— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) October 15, 2018
With starting goalie Roberto Luongo still nursing a knee injury, James Reimer made his second consecutive start, stopping a total of 27 shots. He has now gone 0-2-1 for the current season with a 3.62 GAA and a .885 save percentage and is 4-4-3 versus Philadelphia historically with a 2.51 GAA and a .918 save percentage. Trocheck, who led Florida with 31 goals last year, meanwhile, has nabbed one snipe and five assists in 12 previous appearances against the Flyers. The Panthers are presently netting the 8th lowest amount of goals per game (2.33), while allowing the 14th lowest quantity on the defensive end (3.00). They are still one of the three teams yet to score on power play, going 0-for-12 with the man-advantage, and sit 25th in penalty kill with 70.0% efficiency (7-for-10).
Flyers Get Edged By Vegas
A solitary goal decided the outcome of the last fixture of the Philadelphia Flyers (2-3-0), who dropped a 1-0 decision against the Vegas Golden Knights at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday. In an evenly contested matchup, the hosts outshot the reigning Western Conference champions 26-21, killed all three penalties and blocked 17 shots – as many as the Golden Knights. Still, Jordan Weal, who is yet to register any points this season, missed an excellent chance to give his team a 1-0 lead midway through the opening period, and Claude Giroux (1 goal, 6 points this year) was denied an equalizer with 38 seconds remaining after Vegas scored at 18:35 of the final third.
After a strong defensive effort on Saturday, the #Flyers look ahead to a busy week with contests against Florida, Columbus and New Jersey.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) October 15, 2018
Goalie Brian Elliott made 20 saves and has now gone 1-3-0 for the ongoing campaign with a 3.80 GAA and a .883 save percentage. He is 6-3-0 versus Florida in previous encounters with a 2.41 GAA and a .919 save percentage, while Jakub Voracek, who currently leads Philadelphia with eight points (2 strikes, 6 assists), has picked up six goals and five helpers in 24 past appearances against the Panthers. The Flyers are netting the 14th highest number of goals per game so far this year (3.20), while giving up the 4th highest quantity in their defensive zone (4.00). They are 15th in power play with 22.7% success rate (5-for-22) and 24th in penalty kill with 72.7% capability (16-for-22).
- Flyers are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
- Flyers are 5-2 in their last 7 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Panthers are 0-4 in their last 4 meetings with Flyers in Philadelphia.
- Panthers are 1-4 in their last 5 road games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Flyers have not done too well lately on own ice, dropping five straight domestic decisions. They will, however, be hosting a team, which has already lost its last five trips to Philadelphia and has gone with four defeats on its past five travels overall.
Prediction: Philadelphia Flyers
Full-Game Total Pick
Although four of Philadelphia’s five games this season have gone over the total, expect a lower-scoring affair this time around. The Panthers have kept it below the total in two of their three outings of 2018-19, while the Under has gone 5-1-1 in the last seven meetings between the two sides in Philly.
Prediction: Under 6