Philadelphia Flyers vs New Jersey Devils Prediction, 4/29/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Philadelphia Flyers vs New Jersey Devils
Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021
Location: Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: Flyers (-130) Devils (+110)
Prudential Center is the site where MacKenzie Blackwood and the New Jersey Devils (15-27-7) will take on the Philadelphia Flyers (22-20-7) on Thursday. The Flyers open this matchup at -130 while the Devils are coming in at +110. The O/U has been set at 6.
The Flyers will need a bounce back game after taking a 6-4 defeat to the Devils in their last contest. Their starts in the offensive zone were at 46.9% and they had a PDO at even strength of 96.4 for this one. They accounted for 31 face-off wins when at even strength and lost on 25 opportunities to gain puck control. Their Fenwick came in at 41 and the Fenwick against finished at 32, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 56.2%. The Corsi for the Flyers was 58 and the Corsi against was at 39 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 59.8%. Philadelphia tallied 9 penalty minutes in this game. Furthermore, they had 2 power play opportunities but weren't able to make the most of them. The Flyers had a solid offensive outing and it was apparent in the loss. In the game, they converted 4 of the 30 shots they put on net.
The Flyers have had 1,433 shots attempted against them and have a save percentage of .879. At even strength, the Flyers have allowed 134 goals while earning 108 on the offensive side of the ice. Philadelphia Flyers opponents have totaled 147 power play opportunities (14th in the NHL) and have tallied 39 goals in those chances. For the current season, they have recorded 51 points and their points percentage comes in at .520. Philadelphia has tried 1,469 shots and has a shot percentage of 9.3%. In the matter of their scoring capabilities, the Philadelphia Flyers have earned 137 goals (14th in the NHL) so far this year and have surrendered 173. Philadelphia skates onto the rink with 151 power play opportunities and they have tallied 29 goals during those advantages, giving them a percentage of 19.21%.
The man in goal for this game is Brian Elliott. The opposition has scored 1,158 goals versus Elliott in his pro career and his goals against rate is 2.53. Elliott has been involved in 498 games over the course of his professional hockey career. His save percentage is .911 in his 27,512 minutes between the pipes. He has earned a record of 254-153-49 and he was named the starter in 452 games. Over the course of his time in hockey, Elliott has compiled 248 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .549. Elliott has seen 12,967 shot attempts taken against him and he has 11,809 saves.
In their win over Philly, New Jersey had 2 power play opportunities in this one and tallied 2 out of those chances. The Devils scored 6 goals out of the 27 shots on goal they pursued. Their PDO at even strength was 104 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 53.1%. New Jersey had a 40.2% Corsi rating. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game New Jersey had and we'd say they played well overall. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 43.8% by accumulating a Fenwick of 32 and the Flyers earning a 41 Fenwick.
New Jersey has attempted 1,457 shots (16th in the NHL) and has a shooting percentage of 8.72%, while allowing the other team 1,512 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill percentage of 70.23% on the other teams 131 power play opportunities, and their save percentage currently sits at 88.8%. They have a tally of 139 chances on the power play and they have a power play rate of 13.67%. The Devils have accumulated 108 goals at even strength and 19 goals (28th in the league) while having more men on the ice. They have allowed 169 goals to be scored by of a combination of 130 goals at even strength and 39 goals while they were shorthanded. For the season, the New Jersey Devils have a total of 127 goals, 37 points, and a points percentage of .378.
Across the ice you will find Mackenzie Blackwood in goal. He is sitting with 2,778 saves out of 3,050 shots attempted, which gives him a percentage of .911. Blackwood has amassed a lifetime mark of 42-40-12 and has been in net for 100 contests. He has started in 94 contests and has racked up 5,737 mins. Blackwood's quality start rate comes in at 54.3% and he has made 51 quality starting assignments in his hockey career. His opponents are averaging 2.84 goals per contest and he has relinquished 272 goals in total.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Philadelphia (-130)
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