Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#33 Seattle Kraken vs.
#34 Philadelphia Flyers
Monday, October 18, 2021 at 7:08pm EDT
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Written by Chris King

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There's an interconference battle on the ice as the league’s latest expansion team heads to the City of Brotherly Love. The Seattle Kraken are on the road as they travel to face the Philadelphia Flyers Monday night. Seattle was edged 2-1 in overtime by Columbus on the road Saturday night in their most recent contest. Philadelphia comes in off a 5-4 shootout loss at home to Vancouver Friday night in their season opener. Seeing that the Kraken are in their first year of existence, this marks the first time that the two teams have met on the ice. Will the rested Flyers come up with a better showing than they had in their opener?

Seattle Kraken Hanging Tough in Early Going

Seattle has acquitted themselves well in the first week of the regular season as they rallied from a 3-0 deficit before falling to Vegas. That was followed by the franchise’s first win in Nashville before getting edged in overtime by the Blue Jackets. No one is going to be disappointed with a 1-1-1 record through three games from the team. Seattle is 18th in the league in scoring offense by averaging 2.67 goals per contest. The Kraken are tied for 14th in the league in goals-against as they give up an average of three per contest. Seattle is tied for eighth in power-play success as they convert on 33.3% of their chances with the man advantage. The Kraken are tied for 13th in penalty killing as they successfully navigate 80% of their shorthanded situations on the year.

Against Columbus, Seattle was solid in their own end but their offense let them down though they did manage to procure a point in the standings. The Kraken were outshot 6-5 in the opening 20 minutes but went to the dressing room scoreless at the first intermission. In the second period, Seattle was outshot 9-7 but scored the lone goal of the stanza to take a 1-0 lead after two periods of action. Brandon Tanev scored his third of the season off an assist from Ryan Donato at the 14:32 mark of the period to open the scoring. In the third period, Seattle was outshot 8-7 and outscored 1-0 to tie things up and send the game to overtime. During the extra session, the Kraken were outshot 2-1 and gave up the winning goal to end up on the short end of the scoreboard. Philipp Grubauer made 23 saves for the Kraken, who were outshot 25-20, in the loss. He’s projected to be back between the pipes in this contest for the Kraken as well.

Philadelphia Flyers Looking for Better Showing

Philadelphia picked up where they left off last season in their home opener against Vancouver on Friday night. The Flyers continue to get mediocre goaltending and poor defensive zone play. Both ended up costing them a shot at victory against the Canucks and if they fail to clean up those areas, will prove to be problematic all season long. While the Flyers did manage to put together a third-period rally to force overtime and eventually a shootout, the fact remains that they aren’t going to win many games giving up four or five goals a night. Coach Alain Vigneault is going to have his work cut out of him getting the team to play better in their own end, especially after finishing last in the league in goals-against by allowing 3.52 goals per contest in 2020-21.

Against the Canucks, the Flyers dug a hole that they rallied from late to force overtime but couldn’t find the back of the net in overtime or the shootout to take the loss. In the opening period, Philadelphia held a 14-5 edge in shots on goal and took a 1-0 lead to the locker room after 20 minutes. Joel Farabee opened the scoring with his first of the year at 6:15 off assists from Ryan Ellis and Ivan Provorov. The second period saw the Flyers outshot by a 13-10 margin and outscored 4-1 to trail 4-2 after two periods of action. After falling behind 3-1 with three unanswered goals, Cam Atkinson netted his first of the season at 12:17 off assists from Farabee and Keith Yandle to make it a one-goal contest. The Flyers gave up another goal later in the period to trail by two after 40 minutes. Philadelphia was outshot 15-9 in the third period but outscored the Canucks 2-0 to force overtime. Travis Konecny scored his first of the year, on the power play, at 17:43 off assists from Yandle and Sean Couturier to make it a 4-3 game. Claude Giroux scored the equalizer just 1:05 later at 18:48 with his first of the season off assists from Ellis and Couturier. In overtime, the Flyers were outshot 6-2 with neither team putting the puck in the net. In the shootout, Couturier and Giroux were stopped while Elias Pettersson and J.T. Miller scored to send the Flyers to defeat. Carter Hart made 35 saves for the Flyers, who were outshot 39-35, in the loss. He’s expected to get the start in goal for this contest as well.

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Philadelphia was shaky in their own end of the ice in the opener, much as they were all last season, and that’s cause for concern. The Flyers simply can’t afford to give up the number of opportunities, not to mention goals, that they allowed against Vancouver. Seattle has played in three one-goal games to start their season and they have a win to their credit along with an OT loss. Perhaps more importantly, the Kraken are building cohesion, which is something you can’t say about the Flyers right now. Hart has regressed over the last season-plus and it’s hard to have any faith in him or the Flyers as a whole here. Take the Kraken on the road as they earn the victory.

Prediction: Seattle Kraken +135

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Seattle has seen totals of seven, seven and three goals in their three games this season. That gives them an average total of 5.67 goals per contest, with all three of their games on the road. The over has hit in two of the three games for Seattle this season. Philadelphia saw a hefty nine goals on the board in their opener, going well over the mark in the contest. The Flyers were only a .500 team on home ice last season, going 12-12-4 with a -13 goal differential in those contests. Philadelphia saw an average total of 6.38 goals per game overall last season. On home ice, that number slipped only slightly to 6.32 goals per contest. Still, with the Flyers spotty defensively, you have to lean toward this one going over the mark.

Prediction: Over 6
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Written By Chris King , "Chris King"

Chris King has been immersed in the world of professional and collegiate sports for more than three decades. Whether it's playing pickup games or being involved in organized sports to being a fan, he's checked all the boxes. From the NFL to arena football, the NHL to the KHL, the NBA to the WNBA to college hoops, and even MLB to the KBO.  If it's out there, he's covered it and bet on it as well, as Chris has been an expert bettor in his career.  Before joining Winners and Whiners back in 2015, his work appeared around the internet and in print. He's written books for Ruckus Books about college basketball, the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, golf, and the World Cup. If you're looking for the inside track on hitting a winner, do yourself a favor and read what Chris has to say.