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Philadelphia Flyers vs. Florida Panthers
NHL: Tuesday, November 19, BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida, 7:00 PM ET
The Philadelphia Flyers are on a three-game losing run as they suffered three narrow defeats to the Washington Capitals, Ottawa Senators, and most recently, the New York Islanders. Philadelphia now dropped to a 10-6-4 record and is in the 8th place in the Eastern Conference with 24 points from 20 games.
The Florida Panthers, on the other hand, are playing well lately. They recorded three wins in the last four games, including the latest one over the New York Rangers at home. The Panthers improved to a 10-5-5 record and are in the 6th position in the East.
These rivals met three times in 2018-19, and Florida secured two victories. A one-goal margin settled all of those three H2H encounters.
The Flyers fell short to the Islanders in the shootoutPhiladelphia was agonizingly close to snap a two-game losing streak as they had a 3-0 lead against the New York Islanders at home. However, the Flyers allowed three goals in the final period as the visitors forced overtime, and then beat Philadelphia in the shootout. Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux failed to score in the shootout, and the Flyers had to settle with one point. Travis Konecny leads Philadelphia in points with 19 (G8, A11), Oskar Lindblom has 16 (G9, A7), while Couturier currently has 15 points (G6, A9). Samuel Morin (ACL) is done for the season, while Scott Laughton (finger) is out indefinitely and will not play on Tuesday.
This season, Philadelphia has the 19th offense in the NHL that averages 2.90 goals per contest, and they are facing Florida’s 28th defense that allows 3.55 goals per game. The Flyers are the 13th team when it comes to powerplay conversion (20.8%), while Florida is the 14th team in the NHL in penalty kill percentage (82.7%).
Carter Hart is probable to start at the goal for the Flyers, and he is 6-4-2 as he faced 299 shots in the 2019-20 and allowed 29 goals (2.50 per game) and recorded 270 saves (.903 SV %) with one shutout. He met the Panthers once in 2018-19 and lost that game, allowing 2.03 goals with .944 SV %.
Yevgeni Dadonov led the Panthers to the win over the RangersFlorida responded to a 4-3 home loss to the Winnipeg Jets with a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers. Yevgeni Dadonov scored a pair of goals, including the game-winning one late in the second period to lift the Panthers over New York. Jonathan Huberdeau also played a significant role on offense with three assists. Huberdeau is among the top 10 players in the NHL with 27 points (G9, A18) so far, Aleksander Barkov has 25 (G6, A19), while Dadonov (G10, A8) and Keith Yandle (G2, A16) contributed with 18 points each. Jayce Hawryluk(upper-body) is the only Panther unavailable to face the Flyers.
Florida has the 5th offense in the NHL in 2019-20 that averages 3.55 goals per contest, and they are facing Philadelphia’s 8th defense that allows 2.80 goals per game. The Panthers are the 4th team when it comes to powerplay conversion (26.6%), while Philadelphia is the 8th in the NHL in penalty kill percentage (84.2%).
Sergei Bobrovsky is probable to start at the goal for the Panthers, and he is 7-4-4 as he faced 458 shots in the 2019-20 and allowed 54 goals (3.53 per game) and recorded 404 saves (.882 SV %) with one shutout. He met the Flyers four times in 2018-19 and won all four that games, allowing 2.94 goals with .907 SV %.
The top supporting trends for this game are found on Covers.com Philadelphia:
- 1-5 in their last six games as an underdog of +110 to +150
- 4-12 in their last 16 games as an underdog
- 1-4 in their last five Tuesday games
- 4-10 in their last 14 road games
- 19-9 in their last 28 games as a home favorite of -110 to -150
- 6-2 in their last eight vs. the Eastern Conference opponents
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Florida won six of the previous seven H2H duels at home, while the Panthers were better in four of the last five encounters in total. Philadelphia is struggling at the moment, especially on offense. The Flyers failed to score more than three goals in each of the last seven games. Considering how good Florida’s offense is, the visitors will have to improve in that segment to have a chance to get two points on Tuesday. I don’t think they will, even though Florida has one of the leakiest defenses in the NHL. Huberdeau and Barkov are in top form right now, and they are unstoppable in powerplay situations. Philly has a solid defense that is allowing under three goals per contest, but that’s not going to do them any good in this clash.
Prediction: Florida Panthers (-135)
Full-Game Total Pick
Florida’s games are quite entertaining in terms of goals this season. Even nine of the Panthers’ previous 11 games produced more than six goals. Although each of the last two H2H duels produced precisely three goals, it’s going to be different this time around. The Panthers don’t pay much attention to defense, but they can be lethal on the other end. They scored four goals in six of their eight home games this season, and I am backing them to score at least four here as well. Philly doesn’t have a very efficient offense, but they are capable of scoring a minimum of three goals against the team that allowed 3+ goals in five of the last six games.
Prediction: Over 6.5 (+123)