Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Flyers vs Blue Jackets NHL Odds
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(34-31-8) Philadelphia Flyers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (47-19-7)
Date: Saturday March 25th
Time: 11:00 AM
Venue: Nationwide Arena Centre in Columbus, OH
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The Philadelphia Flyers will shift their focus to finishing on a strong note and building upon that for next season, as they are firmly out of the playoff picture with nine games remaining.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Blue Jackets are third in the powerful Metro Division, though just three points back of the first seed in both the Metro and the East.
GM Ron Hextall has added a veteran forward, Valtteri Filppula, whom he hope can find the nearly point-per-game scoring touch that netted him $5-million per year from Tampa Bay.
If the early results are any indication, the salary will be an overpayment for next season, as he’s tallied just three points in 11 games with Philly.
Jakob Voracek and Claude Giroux are the Flyers’ top scorers again this season, though neither have reached the 60-point mark as of yet. Voracek has 56 points on the year and Giroux 53, though they have a combined minus-41 rating.
While Wayne Simmonds groups into the bad plus-minus record, at minus-21, he leads the team in goals with 29. The power forward is on pace to set a career high in the category, which is a bright spot in the midst of Philly’s terrible year.
The goaltending position should be addressed this off-season, at least one would hope, as Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth have both been sub-par this year.
Neuvirth, who was just handed a fresh two-year deal, has a .887 SV% on the year, and Mason owns a 2.73 GAA with a .906 SV%.
Columbus Blue Jackets
The Blue Jackets are the real deal this year, sitting 4th in goals per game at 3.1 and 3rd in goals against at 2.3. The team is in the middle of its best season in franchise history with 100 points through 73 games.
Cam Atkinson has netted 33 goals, and leads the team with 60 points. He deservedly earned his first All-Star nod this year and has been one of the league’s biggest surprises, currently ranking top-10 in the NHL in goals.
Alex Wennberg checks in as the other Blue Jacket with 50+ points, at 54, for the squad who has scored as a collective.
The back-end boasts some of the top young talent in the game between Zach Werenski, Seth Jones, Ryan Murray and David Savard. This core, in front of their excellent goaltender, should be a force for years to come.
Sergei Bobrovsky is the team MVP, with a 2.02 GAA, a .932 SV% and 39 wins, all figures which are best amongst any NHL netminder.
He is a surefire Vezina finalist barring a disaster finish, and likely the frontrunner to win.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Philadelphia are 4-5-1 in the last 10 games
- Philadelphia has a goal differential of minus-26 on the season
- Philadelphia is 13-20-4 on the road this year
- Columbus has a goal differential of plus-60.
- Columbus is 7-2-1 in their last 10 games
- Columbus is 26-10-1 at home this year
Free Philadelphia Flyers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets NHL Hockey Prediction:
Philly has won just five of their last 23 road games this season, and face one of the best teams in the league this season in their home barn. Columbus is 8-1 in their last nine divisional games and have beat Columbus is their last nine head-to-head matchups.
No reason to go against the grain here, all signs point to a Columbus victory.
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NHL Free Score Prediction: Philadelphia 1 – Columbus 5
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