Philadelphia Flyers (6-6 SU, 7-5 PL, 7-4-1 O/U) vs St Louis Blues (10-3 SU, 10-3 PL, 7-6-0 O/U)
When: 7:05 PM EDT, Thursday, November 2, 2017
Where: Scottrade Center in St Louis, Missouri
Lines: St Louis -170/ Philadelphia +153
Thursday evening National Hockey League action and the Metro Division will grapple with the Central Division as the Philadelphia Flyers take on the St Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center in St Louis, Missouri. The Flyers will be playing on no rest as they have a game in Chicago on Wednesday night, while the Blues are off a 4-2 home win over the Kings. Goalie Probables: Michal Neuvirth will get the nod for the Flyers and the Blues will counter with Jake Allen.
Flyers Become Coyotes’ First Victim
The Philadelphia Flyers had a good start to their year as they won four of their first six games, but they have since struggled as they have lost four of their last six games. On Tuesday night, they had a great chance for a win as they were taking on an Arizona team that had lost their first 11 games to start the year. Well, that is why they play the games as the Coyotes came on top by a score of 4-3 in OT for their first win of the year. Had Arizona lost that game, they would have set the league record for most losses to start a season. It was a very bad loss for a Philadelphia team that is trying to build some confidence and now they must try and get back on track against a good St Louis team and on the road to boot. The Flyers are 3-3 on the road. Scoring in the loss to the Coyotes was Sean Couturier, who scored twice and now has nine on the year and Jordan Weal, which was his 2nd of the year. Taking the loss against the Coyotes was Brian Elliott, who is now 5-3 with a 3.23 GAA and a .884 save percentage on the year. Elliott is expected to get the start in Chicago on Wednesday night, so getting the nod in this one will Michal Neuvirth, who is 1-3 with a 2.30 GAA and a ,925 save percentage on the year, including 0-2 with a 3.61 GAA and a .873 save percentage on the road. In his career, he has gone 40-62 with a 2.88 GAA on the road and 14-15 with a 2.92 GAA during the month of November, while against the Central Division he is 10-11 with a 2.65 GAA and he has gone 2-2 with a 3.03 GA in his career against the Blues.
The Flyers check in at 8th in the league in scoring at 3.42 gpg, while also ranking 9th in shots taken (32.8 spg) and 8th in power play conversions, converting on 23.3% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been very average as they come in ranked 15th in goals allowed, giving up 2.92 gpg, while also ranking 2nd in shots allowed (28.8 spg) and 23rd in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 20.9% of their chances.
Blues Top Kings, Win Streak At Four
The St Louis Blues have really had a nice start to their year as they have gone 10-3 out the gate and are currently tied with Tampa Bay for the most points in the league with 21. They come into this contest on a four-game win streak after taking out Los Angeles at home by a score of 4-2 on Tuesday night. The Blues are now a perfect 5-0 at home for the year and have outscored their foes by 2.60 gpg in those games. The Blues have a good offense and even better play in the crease and they could very well stay atop the division the whole season. Scoring in the win over the Kings was Vladimir Tarasenko, which was his 6th of the year, Jaden Schwartz, which was his 8th of the year, Carl Gunnarsson, which was his 3rd of the year and Vladimir Sobotka, which was his 2nd of the year. Grabbing the win against the Kings was Jake Allen, who stopped 26 of the 28 shots that he faced in the game. He is now 7-3 with a 2.46 GAA and a .921 save percentage on the year overall, including 5-0 with a 1.80 GAA and a .942 save percentage at home. In his career, he has gone 53-29 with a 2.17 GAA in his home games and 20-9 with a 2.42 GAA during the month of November, while against the Metro Division he has gone 15-8 with a 2.73 GAA and he is 0-1 with a 4.09 GAA against the Flyers.
The Blues come into this contest ranked 9th in the league in scoring at 3.31 gpg, while also ranking 10th in shots taken (32.8 spg) and 20th in power play conversions, converting on 16.3% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they come in ranked 2nd in goals allowed, giving up 2.31 gpg, while also ranking 17th in shots allowed (32.1 spg) and 26th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 23.4% of their chances.
- 9-24 in their last 33 road games
- 1-5 in their last six games playing on 0 days rest
St Louis is:
- 8-0 in their last eight vs. the Metropolitan
- 40-18 in their last 58 games playing on two days rest
The Blues are playing very well at the moment, but they will be taking on a Philadelphia team that has to be very angry after becoming the first victim of the year of the Coyotes. Still, the Blues are a perfect 5-0 here at home for the year so far and they will be taking on a Flyers team this is 2-4 in their last six games and playing on no rest. This is not a good spot for the Flyers at all, especially since they are 1-5 their last six games here in St Louis and the home team has won 10 of the last 13 meeting between these teams. I look for the Blues to keep rolling in this one.