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#33 Vegas Golden Knights 6 vs.
#34 Philadelphia Flyers -110
Monday, October 21, 2019 at 7:05pm EDT
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Written by Chris Kubala

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It’s an interconference contest on the ice in the City of Brotherly Love to kick off the week. The Vegas Golden Knights are on the road as they make the trek to face the Philadelphia Flyers Monday night. Vegas comes in off a 3-0 blanking of Pittsburgh on the road in their last contest Saturday night. Philadelphia was dumped 4-1 at home by Dallas with a lackluster showing in their previous game Saturday night. The teams have split their four previous meetings with the road team prevailing in each contest. In the most recent matchup, it was Vegas taking a 1-0 win here on October 13, 2018.

Vegas Golden Knights Looking for Third Straight Win

Vegas earned their second straight win and their fourth in their last five games as they shut down the Penguins on the road in their last game. The Golden Knights look to maintain that momentum and keep pace with the Oilers in the Pacific Division race. Vegas is tied for ninth in scoring with 3.44 goals per game this season. The Golden Knights are tied for fifth in goals against as they allow 2.33 goals per contest on the year. Vegas is fifth in the league with the man advantage as they convert 30 percent of their power play chances this season. The Golden Knights lead the league in penalty killing as they successfully get through 94.3 percent of their shorthanded situations: they also lead the league with four shorthanded goals.

The Golden Knights weathered the storm early and took control of the game in the later stages to earn the victory in the Steel City. Vegas was outshot 11-6 in the opening period but neither team lit the lamp, leaving the contest scoreless after 20 minutes of play. The second period saw the Golden Knights with a 10-9 edge in shots and the lone goal on the scoreboard for a 1-0 lead after two periods. Paul Stastny opened the scoring with his fourth of the year on the power play at the 3:48 mark to open the scoring. Cody Glass and Max Pacioretty assisted on the marker. In the third period, Vegas was outshot 9-8 but they scored the only two goals of the period to close out the win. William Karlsson made it 2-0 with his first of the year, shorthanded, at 18:45 off an assist from Deryk Engelland into an empty net. Mark Stone closed the scoring with his sixth of the year into the empty net at 19:08: that goal was unassisted. Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves in the game to earn the shutout against his former team: the Golden Knights were outshot 29-24 in the game.

Philadelphia Flyers Try to Snap Skid at Four

Philadelphia had a chance to get back in the win column, facing a Dallas team that has struggled all season long, but ended up falling short. The Flyers now have to regroup as they attempt to snap a four-game losing skid. Philadelphia is tied for 24th in the league in scoring as they average 2.50 goals per game this season. The Flyers are tied for 13th in the league in goals against by allowing three goals per contest. Philadelphia stands tied for ninth in success with the man advantage by converting 25 percent of their power play chances this season. The Flyers are 23rd in penalty killing as they successfully navigate 73.3 percent of their shorthanded situations this season.

The Flyers got on the board early but they were unable to build off that momentum as they ended up getting drubbed. Philadelphia held a 12-11 edge in shots in the opening period but trailed 2-1 after 20 minutes. Sean Couturier opened the scoring with his second of the year just 43 seconds into the game to give the Flyers a 1-0 edge. Travis Konecny and Claude Giroux drew the assists on the goal. It proved to be the high-water mark for the Flyers, who gave up a pair to trail after 20 minutes. In the second period, the Flyers owned a 9-1 edge in shots but neither team scored to leave it 2-1 in favor of Dallas. The final period saw Philadelphia with an 18-4 edge in shots but they were outscored 2-0 to end up with the defeat. Carter Hart made 12 saves for the Flyers, who owned a 39-16 edge in shots but couldn’t do enough offensively.

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The Flyers have struggled in their last four games, all losses, and have been outscored 16-7 in that span. Despite a nearly 2.5 to 1 ratio in shots on goal against the Stars, the Flyers were held scoreless for the final 59-plus minutes as they were stopped time and again in the contest while getting subpar goaltending. Vegas is playing well and their penalty killing is top-notch. You can’t sleep on the Golden Knights when you’re on the power play either as they have four shorthanded goals. Fleury is coming off a shutout and Vegas is a dangerous team offensively, in addition to being stingy defensively. Give the Golden Knights the upper hand in this contest.

Prediction: Vegas Golden Knights -115

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Vegas has been solid of late with four wins in five games where they have outscored the opposition 19-9 in that stretch. Five of those goals against them came in their loss to Nashville, the lone defeat in that stretch. Philadelphia has tallied only seven goals in their four-game slide and that has to be concerning, nearly as much as their weak goaltending at this point of the season. The Flyers are at home but they've dropped their lone two games against the Golden Knights here: can they find a way to get back in the win column?

The under is 4-0 in the Golden Knights' last four games on Monday, 4-0 in their last four on one day of rest, 4-0 in their last four against teams with a losing record and 7-1 in their last 8 games as a road favorite of -110 to -150. Philadelphia has seen the under go 4-0 in their last four on Monday and 4-1 in their last five overall. The teams have stayed under the total in both meetings here: with Philadelphia struggling to score, look for this one to fall short of the mark.

Prediction: Under 6
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Written By Chris Kubala

Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in-depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. Now he is writing for our team here at Winners @ Whiners. Chris keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college. He is also very knowledgeable in the NHL, the NBA, college basketball and MLB. If you want consistency, then be sure and check out Chris’ content daily.