Philadelphia Flyers vs. Vegas Golden Knights - 1/2/20 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Philadelphia Flyers vs Vegas Golden Knights
Date: Thursday, January 2, 2020
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Odds/Point Spread: Flyers (+149) Golden Knights (-165)
T-Mobile Arena is the site where Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights (22-15-6, 1st in the Pacific Division) will play the Philadelphia Flyers (22-13-5, 5th in the Metropolitan Division) on Thursday. The Flyers open this contest at +149 while the Golden Knights are priced at -165. The over/under has been set at 6. The Flyers are covering 50.0% of the time, having gone 18-18 SU. Vegas is covering 47.5% of the time, going 19-21 straight up.
The Philadelphia Flyers head into this game holding a record of 22 wins and 13 losses, which puts them at 5th in the Metropolitan Division. So far this year, they have converted a total of 123 goals which is 10th in the Eastern Conference and 16th in the league. Their goal differential is +10, which puts them at 11th in the league. The Flyers have compiled a total of 49 points, which is 10th in the league and 7th in the East. Regarding shots toward the net, they have compiled a total of 1,281 which is 8th in the East and 14th in the league. As a unit, Philadelphia has earned a total of 734 hits which has them averaging 18.4 per game. They have compiled a total of 398 blocks for the season. The man between the pipes for Philadelphia is Carter Hart from Lulea, Sweden. He is 21 years old and has played a total of 1,445 mins minding the goal for the season. Hart is conceding 2.41 goals per game which has him ranking 6th among Eastern Conference goalies and 11th in the NHL among goaltenders. During this year, he has given up 58 goals. He holds a save % of .911 which has him ranking 11th among Eastern Conference goalies.
The Philadelphia Flyers will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 5 - 3 defeat to the Los Angeles Kings in their last contest. The Flyers offense didn't overly impress in this defeat. For this game, they earned a goal on 3 out of the 35 shots they tried. In addition, they had 3 power play attempts and were able to score 1 goal out of those attempts. Philadelphia had a total of 6 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Flyers was 45 and the Corsi against was 36 giving them a Corsi percentage of 55.6%. Their Fenwick was 38 while the Fenwick against was 24, which means they earned a Fenwick percentage of 61.3%. They took 23 face-off wins and were beaten on 19 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 60.7% and they had a PDO of 101.1 for this game. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Los Angeles Kings racked up a total of 29 shots. They had 6 penalty minutes and they earned 3 power play attempts.
The Golden Knights will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the season they sit with 22 victories and 15 losses. When discussing goal differential, they are currently sitting 7th in the conference and 15th in the league with +6. They currently have a total of 131 goals for the season which has them ranked at 3rd in the conference. Vegas has a team save % of .907 which currently has them ranked 12th in the league, meaning scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.9% ranking them 10th in the conference. In goal for Vegas is Marc-Andre Fleury who is having an ok season by surrendering 2.71 GAA and that has him ranked 9th in the West and 21st in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 1,638 mins he's been on the ice this season, he's given up 74 goals. He has a save % of .913, which has him sitting 13th in the West and 23rd in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Vegas Golden Knights went up against the Anaheim Ducks in an outing where the Golden Knights took home the victory by a final score of 5 - 2. For this game, Vegas earned a 60.6% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 66 and their opponent having a Corsi of 43. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 61.8% by earning a Fenwick of 55 and the Ducks ending the game with a 34 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Vegas had and we'd say they played well overall. They had a PDO of 102.9 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 55.6%. The Golden Knights netted 5 goals out of the 43 shots on goal they attempted. They had 1 power play chance in this one but weren't able to notch a goal. Regarding the opposition, the Ducks had 2 power play chances but weren't able to put the puck in the net. Vegas conceded 28 shots on goal and the Ducks earned 7 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Philadelphia (+149)
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