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After two consecutive setbacks on the road, the Philadelphia Flyers (5th in Metropolitan Division) will conclude their three-date excursion with a visit to face the Winnipeg Jets (4th in Central), who have split their last six outings…
Flyers Fail In MinnesotaThe current back-to-back weekender kicked off on a downer for the Philadelphia Flyers (17-10-5), who started their latest three-date road trip with a 0-2-0 record after following up Wednesday’s 3-1 defeat to the Colorado Avalanche with a 4-1 roasting by the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center yesterday. James van Riemsdyk (7 goals, 15 points this year) opened the scoring just 1:34 into the first period before the Wild took a 2-1 lead ahead of the first intermission, adding a goal apiece in the next two frames as well. Philly is 1-3-0 in its last four outings and 7-8-1 on the road this season.
Goalie Carter Hart (10-7-3 on the year with a 2.46 GAA and a .907 save percentage) stopped 23 shots in Minnesota, but will back up Brian Elliott for the upcoming trip. Elliott is 7-3-2 for the ongoing campaign with a 2.66 GAA and a .915 save percentage, and has posted a 10-2-5 past total against the Winnipeg Jets with a 2.37 GAA and a .916 save percentage. The Flyers, meanwhile, are 15th in least goals scored per game (2.97), tied-9th with the Jets in least goals allowed on average (2.72), 17th in power play (17.4%) and 3rd best in penalty kill (85.9%).
Jets Split Home-And-HomeThe Winnipeg Jets (19-11-2) split their home-and-home series against the Detroit Red Wings, winning the home outings before dropping the road decision in Motor City. The 5-1 triumph at Bell MTS Place on Tuesday extended Winnipeg’s home winning run to four games, while Thursday’s 5-2 defeat at Little Caesars Arena gave the Jets their third defeat in the last six overall contests (3-2-1). Kyle Connor (13 goals, 29 points this year) banked a team-high two snipes throughout the stretch, adding an assist, with Winnipeg having gone 9-5-1 on home ice so far this season.
Goalie Connor Hellebuyck made one save on two shots in 1:09 of play in the first game after starter Laurent Brossoit left with an equipment problem, adding further 29 stops in the following fixture. Hellebuyck is 15-8-2 for the rolling year with a 2.31 GAA and a .931 save percentage, and has posted a 2-2-0 past total against the Philadelphia Flyers with a 2.24 GAA and a .928 save percentage. The Jets, meanwhile, are 13th in least goals netted per contest (2.88), tied-9th with Philly in least goals conceded on average (2.72), 25th in power play (15.5%) and 27th in penalty kill (76.3%).
Winnipeg (according to Covers.com)
- Jets are 4-0 in their last 4 home games.
- Jets are 4-1 in their last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Philadelphia (according to Covers.com)
- Flyers are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Flyers are 2-7 in their last 9 games playing on 0 days rest.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Injury and health setbacks are definitely not helping the Flyers, who lost Scott Laughton and Tyler Pitlick yesterday, had Oskar Lindblom put on IR due to diagnosis of Ewing’s sarcoma the day before and have Nolan Patrick, Travis Konecny and Michael Raffl on the sidelines as well. Facing a much healthier Jets team, especially on the second night of a back-to-back stretch, will not prove easy for Philadelphia, which has already lost seven of its previous nine outings played without a breather. Philly has also dropped its past three trips to Winnipeg, where the Jets have triumphed in their last four domestic fixtures. It does not look good for the visitors!
Prediction: Winnipeg Jets (-150)
Full-Game Total Pick
This series has not excelled in a lot of goals lately, with four of the past five contests finishing in the realm of just five markers, averaging just four snipes per contest. Seven of the previous nine games of the Flyers against teams with a winning record have also brought just a minimal amount of strikes, while 10 of the last 13 domestic outings of the Jets have all ended on the low-scoring side. So, do stick with the Under here!
Prediction: Under 6