Nashville Predators (3-3 SU, 4-2 PL, 2-4-0 O/U) vs Philadelphia Flyers (4-2 SU, 5-1 PL, 4-2-0 O/U)
When: 7:00 PM EDT, Thursday, October 19, 2017
Where: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
Lines: Philadelphia -120/ Nashville +110
The Central Division meets the Metropolitan Division as the Nashville Predators invade the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA to rumble with the Philadelphia Flyers. The Predators come in off a 4-1 home win over the Avalanche, while the Flyers are off a 5-1 win over the Panthers at home. Goalie Probables: The Preds will be sending out Pekka Rinne and the Flyers will counter with Brian Elliott.
Preds Top Avs At Home
The Nashville Predators started out the season with a couple of losses in a row, but they have bounced back to with three of their last four games. They still don’t have the feel of a team that will make a strong run for a Stanley Cup berth. THey come in off a nice 4-1 home win over the Avs and have now gone 3-0 at home this year and 0-3 on the road, so they will be looking for their first road win of the year in this year. Scoring in the win over the Avs was Viktor Arvidsson, which was his 3rd of the year, Roman Josi, which was his 1st of the year, Colton Sissons, which was his 1st of the year and Austin Watson, which was his 1st of the year. The Preds have now scored 14 goals in their three home games, but just four goals in their three road games. Grabbing the win over the Avs was Pekka Rinne, who stopped 20 of the 21 shots he faced to improve to 3-2 with a 2.41 GAA on the year. Last year, he was 31-28 with a 2.42 GAA, including 10-17 with a 2.66 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 99-114 with a 2.61 GAA on the road and 32-31 with a 2.40 GAA during the month of October, while against the Metro Division he has gone 18-21 with a 2.63 GAA and against the Flyers he has gone 5-4 with a 2.91 GAA.
The Predators come into this game ranked 14th in the league in scoring at 3.00 gpg, while also ranking 17th in shots taken (31.5 spg) and 6th in power play conversions, converting on 27.6% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they have been very average so far as they come in ranked 15th in goals allowed, giving up 2.83 gpg, while also ranking 10th in shots allowed (30.5) and 13th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 17.9% of their chances.
Flyers Are Looking For Revenge In This One
The Philadelphia Flyers are an improved team and they look to be an exciting team that will score many goals on the year. A few days ago, they routed the Capitals at home by a score of 8-2 and then on Tuesday night, they followed that up with a 5-1 rout of the Panthers at home. They have now scored 18 goals in their last three games and will now be looking to get revenge over the Preds, who beat them eight days ago in Nashville by a score of 6-5. That is a game the Flyers should have won as they had a 5-3 lead late in the game, but the Preds stole the game with two goals in the final 1:17 of regulation. It was a tough loss for the Flyers, but they are playing very well at the moment and now have a chance for some revenge. Snatching up the win against the Panthers was Michal Neuvirth, who is now 1-1 with a 1.52 GAA on the year. Brian Elliott is expected to get the start in this one and he has gone 3-1 with a 3.25 GAA on the year after going 26-21 with a 2.55 GAA last year for the Blues. In his career, he has gone 107-70 with a 2.31 GAA in his home games and 25-17 with a 2.63 GAA during the month of October, while against the Central Division he has gone 50-32 with a 2.24 GAA, including 8-5 with a 2.56 GAA against the Predators.
The Flyers check in at 2nd in the league in scoring at 4.33 gpg, while also ranking 8th in shots taken (34.7 spg) and 8th in power play conversions, converting on 26.9% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they have been above average as they come in ranked 11th in goals allowed, giving up just 2.67 gpg, while also ranking 8th in shots allowed (30.0 spg) and 27th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 24.0% of their chances.
- 1-4 in their last five vs. a team with a winning record
- 0-6 in their last six road games
- 8-1 in their last nine home games
- 4-1 in their last five after scoring five goals or more in their previous game
The Predators started the season slow, but have now won three of their last four games, while the Flyers have won their last two in blowout fashion. This should be a good game. The Flyers have really increased their offense this year and they have scored 18 goals in their last three games and I just don’t see the Predators being able to keep up with them here. This Philadelphia team is much improved, while the Preds are a bit down from last year, especially now that they don’t have James Neal on the team. The Preds have won all three home games and lost all three road games and I look for the Flyers to get revenge for a game they should have won in Nashville.