Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#443 Vancouver Canucks vs.
#444 Philadelphia Flyers
Friday, October 15, 2021 at 7:00pm EDT
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

The Vancouver Canucks will be trying to pick up their first win of the season when they face the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night. The Canucks are coming off a 3-2 loss to Edmonton. The Flyers will be playing their first game of the season. They finished the 2020 campaign with a 25-23-8 record.

Philadelphia is 6-3-1 in its last 10 games against Vancouver.

Canucks Trying To Bounce Back From Loss

The Canucks played well in their first game, but they fell to Edmonton in a shootout, giving them their first loss of the year. They will try to bounce back from the loss with a win over the Flyers, which will give them their first win of the year.

The Canucks were aggressive offensively in their first game, taking 38 shots. However, they managed only two goals, which wasn’t enough to get the win. They will need to keep up the aggression and improve their accuracy if they want to be successful this season.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Quinn Hughes scored a goal apiece for the Canucks, while Nils Hoglander picked up two assists.

Vancouver didn’t play well defensively, giving up three goals. They will need to do a better job if they want to get past the Flyers.

Flyers Trying To Kick Off Season With A Win

The Flyers struggled last season and finished with the sixth-worst record in the Eastern Conference. Their defense was a cause for concern, with the team giving up 3.46 goals per game. They addressed some of their defensive issues by signing Ryan Ellis and Rasmus Ristolainen. With an improved defense, they are hoping they will make the postseason this year.

Philadelphia averaged 2.86 goals per game last season, and they struggled on special teams, converting only 19.5 percent of their Power Play opportunities.

Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, and James van Riemsdyk finished in a three-way tie last season with each man having 43. Giroux had 16 goals and 27 assists. Voracek had nine goals and 34 assists, while Riemsdyk had 17 goals and 26 assists.

Carter Hart struggled in goal for the Flyers last season, going 9-11-5 in 25 starts while sporting a .877 save average. He had a .917 and .914 save average in the two previous seasons and the team is hoping he can return to form this year.

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The Canucks had the fourth-worst record in the Western Conference last season and they picked up where they left off last season, losing to the Oilers in their last game. They struggled offensively in that game and will have a hard time scoring against the Flyers, who focused on fixing their defense in the offseason and they’re hoping that Carter Hart, who struggled last season, returns to form. The Canucks also weren’t good defensively last season and their poor defensive play in the preseason carried over into their first game Even though the Flyers weren’t very good offensively last season, expect them to be better this year, so go with Philadelphia to get the win.

Prediction: Philadelphia Flyers -155

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The Flyers and Canucks played under the total in six of their last eight meetings, averaging 3.67 combined goals per game. They also played under the total in their last four meetings. With the Canucks scoring only two goals in their last game and the Flyers averaging 2.86 goals per game last season, don’t expect either team to score a lot of goals in this one, so go with the under here.

Prediction: Under 6
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu , "Bosun Akinpelu"

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