Philadelphia Flyers vs. Ottawa Senators - 12/21/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Philadelphia Flyers vs Ottawa Senators
Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019
Location: Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Flyers (-130) Senators (+118)
Anders Nilsson and the Ottawa Senators (15-18-3, 7th in the Atlantic Division) play the Philadelphia Flyers (19-11-5, 5th in the Metropolitan Division) at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday, December 21, 2019. The line on this matchup has the Flyers coming in at -130 and the Senators are at +118. The total has been set at 6. The Flyers are covering 50.0% of the time, having gone 16-16 SU. Ottawa covers 41.7% of the time, going 15-21 straight up.
The Philadelphia Flyers head into this game holding a record of 19 victories and 11 defeats, putting them at 5th in the Metropolitan Division. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 108 goals which ranks them 10th in the conference and 16th in the league. Their goal differential is +12, putting them at 8th in the league. The Flyers have a total of 43 pts, which ranks them 11th in the league and 6th in the East. In discussing shots at the opposing goalie, they have a total of 1,116 which ranks them 7th in the Eastern Conference and 13th in the league. As a unit, Philadelphia has collected a total of 680 hits which means they have an average of 19.4 per game. They have a total of 356 blocks for the year. The man protecting the goal for Philadelphia is Carter Hart from Lulea, Sweden. He is 21 years old and has racked up 1,287 mins in goal for the season. Hart is giving up an average of 2.33 goals against average which places him at 6th in the East and 11th in the NHL. For the year, he has given up 50 goals. He holds a save percentage of .912 which places him at 12th in the East.
The Philadelphia Flyers were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 6 - 1 win against the Buffalo Sabres their last time out. The Flyers had a solid offensive output and it showed in this victory. In this game, they earned a goal on 6 out of the 29 shots they tried. They also had 5 power play attempts and were able to score 3 goals out of those tries. Philadelphia had 6 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Flyers sat at 41 and the Corsi against was 25 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 62.1%. Their Fenwick was 32 while the Fenwick against at even strength sat at 20, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 61.5%. They won 19 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 14 attempts to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 66.7% and they had a PDO of 113.0 in this one. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Buffalo Sabres put up 17 shots. They ended the game with 12 penalty mins and they tallied 2 power play chances.
The Senators are the team on the other side of the ice and for the year they have 15 wins and 18 losses. When talking about goal differential, they sit 14th in the conference and 27th in the league with -17. They have compiled a total of 99 goals for the year which has them sitting at 12th in the Eastern Conference. Ottawa has a team save percentage of .901 which has them ranked 22nd in the league, which means there should be some chances to score. They have a shooting percentage of 9.2% which puts them at 12th in the conference. In goal for Ottawa is Anders Nilsson who is having a bad campaign by allowing 3.18 GAA and that has him 25th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 53rd among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,093 minutes he has been on the ice this season, he has allowed 58 goals. His save % is .908, which puts him at 17th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 36th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Ottawa Senators faced off against the Nashville Predators in an outing where the Senators took home the win by a final score of 5 - 4. For this matchup, Ottawa wound up with a 46.4% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 58 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 67. Their Fenwick rate came in at 45.2% with a Fenwick of 38 and the Predators ending the game with a 46 Fenwick. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Ottawa played and it was an excellent showing for this outing. Their PDO at even strength was 101.2 and their oZS percentage was 34.4%. The Senators notched 5 goals of the 24 shots on goal they took. They had 4 power play opportunities in this game and were able to notch 2 out of those chances. Regarding the opposition, the Predators had 2 power play opportunities and came through by scoring 1 goal. Ottawa gave way to 37 shots on goal and the Predators racked up 8 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Philadelphia (-130)
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