Philadelphia Flyers vs Columbus Blue Jackets Prediction, 10/12/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Philadelphia Flyers vs Columbus Blue Jackets
Date: Thursday, October 12, 2023
Location: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Flyers (+100) Blue Jackets (-120)
Nationwide Arena is where the Columbus Blue Jackets (25-47-9 last year) will play the Philadelphia Flyers (31-38-13 last season) on Thursday. The line on this matchup has the Flyers at +100 while the Blue Jackets open at -120. The total is 7.
The Philadelphia Flyers were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 5-4 win against the Blackhawks in their previous game. Philadelphia tallied 2 penalty minutes in this game. The Flyers played really well in the win. Moreover, they had 1 attempt on the power play and were able to score 1 goal. For the game, they earned a goal on 5 out of the 36 shots they tried.
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While at even strength, the Flyers let the opposition score 217 goals while having 185. Philadelphia Flyers opposition had 233 power play opportunities (24th in pro hockey) and came away with 59 goals in those chances. Concerning their scoring, the Philadelphia Flyers earned 220 goals (29th in the league) over the course of last year and allowed 276. Philadelphia took 2,416 shots and held a shot percentage of 9.1%. For the prior season, they scored 75 points and their points percentage was .457. The Flyers had 2,585 shots tried against them and had a save percentage of .893. Philadelphia had 225 power play opportunities and added 35 goals out of those tries, garnering them a rate of 15.56%.
The player guarding the cage in this matchup is Carter Hart. Hart has been in goal for 201 games over the course of his hockey career. He has accumulated an overall mark of 84-84-26 and he has started in 193 games. The opposition has racked up 557 goals against Hart in his career and his goals against average per contest is 2.96. Hart has had 5,903 shots taken against him and he has 5,346 total saves. His save percentage is at .906 in his 11,296 mins guarding the cage. In his career, Hart has accounted for 93 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .482.
In their last outing, Columbus faced off against the Sabres in a matchup where the Blue Jackets took the defeat by a mark of 5-2. They had 1 power play attempt in this game but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. The Blue Jackets tallied 2 goals out of the 31 shots on goal they took.
Last season, the Columbus Blue Jackets had a total of 213 goals, 59 points, in addition to a points percentage of .364. They allowed 329 goals to be scored by way of 270 goals at even strength and 59 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Blue Jackets earned 172 goals at even strength and 41 goals (27th in the league) while having more men on the ice. They had a tally of 223 opportunities on the power play and they have accumulated a power play rate of 18.39%. Columbus attempted 2,399 shots (26th in hockey) and earned a shot percentage of 8.88%, while allowing the opposition 2,904 shots. They had a penalty kill rate of 75.00% on the other team's 236 power play tries, and their save percentage was 88.7%.
On the other side of the ice you will find Michael Hutchinson patrolling the crease. Hutchinson is the owner of a career mark of 57-61-18 and has played in 153 contests. Hutchinson's quality start percentage sits at 42.9% and he has made 54 quality starting assignments in his pro career. He has recorded 3,615 saves out of 4,007 shots tried, which gives him a save percentage of .902. Teams are averaging 2.94 goals per contest and he has surrendered 392 goals overall. He was named a starter in 126 contests and has played 8,013 mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy's Pick: Take Columbus (-120)
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