Philadelphia Flyers at Dallas Stars 10/18/2014 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 10/17/2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 8:00 PM ET
American Airlines Center in Dallas
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On Saturday, the Philadelphia Flyers will try to pick up their first win of the season when they visit the Dallas Stars. Last season, the Flyers and the Stars played each other twice with both teams picking up one win.
In their game against the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday, the Flyers were able to score a third period goal to send the game into overtime, but they still ended up losing 4-3 in the shootout. Philadelphia converted two of their four power-play opportunities into goals in that game.
Right wing Wayne Simmonds has been excellent for the Flyers through four games, scoring five goals and assisting on two others. Center Claude Giroux has a goal and four assists, but he is also a minus-4. Goaltender Steve Mason is 0-2-1 in three starts and he has a very low .884 save percentage.
The Stars were able to hand the Pittsburgh Penguins their first loss of the year by beating them 3-2 on the road on Thursday. Dallas won despite giving up two power-play goals and being outhit 33-12 in the game.
Through four games, the Stars' top offensive contributor has been left wing Jamie Benn, who has two goals and three assists. Center Tyler Seguin has a team-leading four goals and a plus-2 so far this season. Goalie Kari Lehtonen has a 2-0-1 record in three starts with a solid .933 save percentage and a 1.95 GAA.
Philadelphia Flyers Betting Trends
Philadelphia Flyers are 0-4-0 Against the Spread
Philadelphia Flyers are 3-1-0 against the Over/Under
Dallas Stars Betting Trends
Dallas Stars are 2-2-0 Against the Spread
Dallas Stars are 1-3-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
10/16/14 D Braydon Coburn Lower Body is upgraded to probable Saturday vs. Dallas
10/13/14 C Vincent Lecavalier Foot expected to miss 2 weeks
10/09/14 D Chris Pronger Concussion out for season
10/05/14 D Kimmo Timonen Blood Clot out indefinitely
10/15/14 RW Valeri Nichushkin Hip expected to miss at least a week
10/05/14 C Rich Peverley Heart out indefinitely
10/05/14 D Sergei Gonchar Ankle out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Dallas
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