Philadelphia Flyers (20-15-4-1 SU, 17-23 PL, 21-14-5 O/U) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (27-6-3-1 SU, 24-13 PL, 13-20-4 O/U)
When: 6:00 PM ET, Sunday, January 8, 2017
Where: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio
Lines: Columbus -176/ Philadelphia +159
Sunday evening NHL action and the Philadelphia Flyers will brawl with the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Flyers have a home game vs the Lightning on Saturday, while the Blue Jackets come in off a home gamer vs the Rangers on Saturday, so both teams will be playing with no rest in this game. the Over is 9-4-1 the last 14 games in this series.
Flyers are Struggling All Around
The Philadelphia Flyers have a home game vs the Lightning on Saturday and prior to that game they have lost their last five games in a row and have been outscored 20-8 over that stretch. Their offense is struggling, just as their goaltending has struggled all year. The Flyers were at one point a few points out of first in the Metro Division, but now they are in 5th place in the division, 11 points out of first. This is now a bad team and will now take a crack at beating the hottest team in the league. Good luck with that. In their last game they faced the New York Rangers at home and they fell 5-2 in that game. Scoring in the loss was Jakub Voracek, who notched both goals for the Flyers in the game and he now has 13 on the year. That is good for 2nd on the team behind Wayne Simmonds, who has 17 on the year.
Taking the loss vs the Rangers was Steve Mason, who has now gone 14-18-with a 2.82 GAA, including 4-10 with a 3.18 GAA on the road, while vs the Blue Jackets in his career he has gone 3-6 with a 2.53 GAA. The Flyers enter this game ranked 8th in the league in scoring at 2.85 gpg, while also ranking 6th in shots taken (31.4 spg) and 7th in power play conversions, converting on 22.0% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they have not been that good as they come in ranked 27th in goals allowed, giving up just 3.03 gpg, while also ranking 8th in shots allowed (28.8) and 19th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 19.0% of their chances.
Win Streak Snapped At 16 with Loss To The Caps
The Columbus Blue Jackets had a chance at history when they faced the Washington Capitals a few days ago as they were going for their 17th win in a row, which would have tied the 92/93 Penguins for the longest win streak in the league. Well, their win streak ended with a thud as they fell 5-0 in the game. Still, they are 16-1 in their last 17 games and they still have the best record in the league, and they are 12-6 on the road, while going a very strong 15-4 here at home. This is a strong team that will bounce back from their loss and go on another solid run. They have been led this year on offense by Cam Atkinson who has 18 goals on the year, while 2nd is Brandon Saad and Sam Gagner, who both have 14 on the year and 3rd is Nick Foligno who has 13. This is a good offensive team and they have been strong in the crease as well. They will not be fading anytime soon.
Absorbing the loss vs the Capitals was Sergei Bobrovsky, who has now gone 25-8 with a 2.03 GAA on the year. He should get the nod vs the Rangers on Saturday, so getting the call here will be Curtis McElhinney, who has gone 2-2 with a 1.90 GAA on the year, while vs the Flyers in his career he has gone 5-2 with a 3.42 GAA. The Blue Jackets come into this game ranked 3rd in the league in scoring at 3.35 gpg, while also ranking 12th in shots taken (30.2 spg) and 1st in power play conversions, converting on 27.0% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they come in at 2nd in goals allowed, giving up 2.11 gpg, while also ranking 11th in shots allowed (29.8 spg) and 14th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 17.8% of their chances.
- 0-5 in their last five road games
- 1-6 their last seven games in this series
- Home team is 14-4 the last 18 games in this series
- 16-5 in their last 21 home games
Both teams are playing with no rest here, so there is little advantage for either team in that respect. The Blue Jackets do have a slight advantage with the fact that they are home for their 2nd games in a row, while the Flyers have to travel. The Blue Jackets also have won the last eight games between these teams here in Columbus and the Flyers will be sending out the weaker of their two goalies. Columbus is the far better team in this matchup and they should win the game rather easily. Take the Blue Jackets on the puckline.