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Two defeats and just one point in the first couple of games bring the New Jersey Devils (8th in Metropolitan Division) to a road outing in Philadelphia, with the hosting Flyers (4th in Metropolitan) having just returned from Czech Republic with a win versus Chicago…
Devils Start Season On A DownerDespite being tipped to be a team to be reckoned with ahead of the current campaign, the much-improved New Jersey Devils (0-1-1) have still managed to start the 2019-20 season as badly as anything, losing both first two back-to-back outings in a row while conceding 11 goals along the way. The team led 4-0 versus the Winnipeg Jets at Prudential Center on Friday before allowing four unanswered markers in the last 20:11 minutes of the game, eventually losing to the visitors during the shootout. Next day’s clash against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center turned out even worse, as New Jersey was thrashed with a count of 7-2.
Blake Coleman leads the team with 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist). Goalie Mackenzie Blackwood is 0-1-1 with a 6.59 GAA and a .800 save percentage, while Cory Schneider, who had to leave Devils’ season opener due to lower-body cramps, is 0-0-0 for the new campaign with a 2.79 GAA and a .905 save percentage. He has recorded a 5-6-1 career total versus Philadelphia with a 2.90 GAA and a .897 save percentage, while Blackwood has won his only previous start against the Flyers, allowing two goals on 34 shots in a 3-2 victory for New Jersey on Jan. 12. The Devils are 15th in most goals scored per game (3.00), 2nd in most goals given up on average (5.50), bottom of the league in power play, having yet to score with the man-advantage (0-for-4), and tied-last with Philly in penalty kill (50.0%; 3-for-6).
Flyers Overcome ‘Hawks In PraguePlaying their first regular-season outing as a part of the 2019 NHL Global Series, the Philadelphia Flyers (1-0-0) started their newest campaign with a victory, beating the Chicago Blackhawks with a count of 4-3 at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. Travis Konecny (2 goals, 3 points this year), who missed the first four days of training camp before signing a six-year deal with Philly in September, found the back of the net twice, as new Flyers coach Alain Vigneault started his Philadelphia career on a high. Oskar Lindblom (1 goal, 1 point) and Michael Raffl (1 goal, 1 point) also scored.
Goalie Carter Hart, who finished last season with a 16-13-1 record on top of a 2.83 GAA and a .917 save percentage, stopped 28 shots, recording a .903 save percentage. He has lost his only previous start against the New Jersey Devils, giving up three goals on 26 shots in the 3-2 defeat for Philadelphia on Jan. 12, when New Jersey’s goalie Mackenzie Blackwood recorded his victory versus Philly. The Flyers are currently netting the 8th highest amount of goals per game (4.00), while allowing the 14th highest quantity on the defensive end (3.00). They are 5th in power play with a 33.3% success rate (1-for-3) and tied bottom of the league with the Devils in penalty kill with 50.0% efficiency (1-for-2).
- Flyers are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
- Devils are 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
- Devils are 11-41 in their last 52 vs. a team with a winning record.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
After allowing five or more goals in their previous contest, the New Jersey Devils have been quick to bounce back, winning four of the last five following games. Still, their recent record after a break of at least three days is quite abysmal, with four defeats recorded in a row, while the Flyers have already posted a 4-1 record in their last five meetings with sides that are on a losing run. Pick the hosts!
Prediction: Philadelphia Flyers (-135)
Full-Game Total Pick
Four of the last six meetings between the two teams have all gone past the six-goal mark, averaging 7.8 snipes per fixture. So, stick with the Over in this one. Even more so given the fact that the last four overall games of the Flyers and the past six overall outings of the Devils have all been high-scoring affairs.
Prediction: Over 6