Chicago Blackhawks (7-8 SU, 7-8 PL, 7-7-1 O/U) vs Philadelphia Flyers (7-8 SU, 8-7 PL, 8-6-1 O/U)
When: 7:05 PM EST, Thursday, November 9, 2017
Where: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
Lines: Philadelphia -120/Chicago +100
NHL action on Thursday evening and the Central Division will square off with the Metro Division as the Chicago Blackhawks rumble with the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. The Blackhawks are off a 2-0 home loss to Montreal, while the Flyers are off of a 5-4 home loss to the Avs in a shootout. Goalie Probables: Corey Crawford will get the nod for the Flyers and he will be opposed by Brian Elliott.
Blackhawks Get Blanket At Home By The Habs
The Chicago Blackhawks have been a mediocre team this at the outset this year, but they did head into their battle with Montreal on Sunday evening having blanked their last two opponents. Well, the Habs turned the tables on this by pitching a shutout of their own. The Blackhawks lost the game by a score of 2-0, despite the fact that they outshot the habs 38-35 in the game. Both of Montreal’s goals came in the 3rd period. Chicago has now gone just 3-6 in their last nine games and they have gone just 3-4 on the road so far. Taking the loss against the Canadiens was Corey Crawford, who allowed two goals on 35 shot attempts to fall to 7-5 with a 1.77 GAA and a .945 save percentage on the year overall, while on the road he has gone 3-2 with a 2.21 GAA and a .929 save percentage. In his career, he has gone 104-83 with a 2.45 GAA and 46-23 with a 2.41 GAA during the month of November, plus he is 25-21 with a 2.45 GAA against the Metro Division, while against the Flyers he is 2-3 with a 2.81 GAA. Crawford faced the Flyers at home last week and blanked them by a 3-0 score.
Chicago has been below average on offense this year as they come in ranked 18th in the league in scoring at 2.87 gpg, while also ranking 8th in shots taken (33.4 spg) and 28th in power play conversions, converting on 13.6% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been very good so far as they are ranked 4th in goals allowed, giving up just 2.40 gpg, while also ranking 26th in shots allowed (33.9 spg) and 6th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 15.0% of their chances.
Flyers Take Bad Home Loss To the Avs
The Flyers had a nice start to their year, but they have really been struggling of late and are now just 3-6 in their last nine games, after falling at home to the Colorado Avalanche by a score of 5-4 in a shootout. It was a tough loss as it was a game that they should have won, especially for a team that is trying to build confidence. The Flyers were trailing the game in the 3rd period, but they got a goal from Dale Weise at the 6:37 mark of that period to tie the game. It eventually went to OT and the Avs won it in the shootout. For Weise, it was his 2nd of the year. Also scoring in the loss was Valtteri Filppula, which was his 6th of the year, Claude Giroux, which was his 8th of the year and Jakub Voracek, which was his 3rd of the year. The Flyers are 3-4 at home for the year. Absorbing the loss against the Avs was Michal Neuvirth, who allowed four goals on 27 shot attempts to fall to 2-4 with 2.17 GAA and a .928 save percentage on the year. Brian Elliott should be in the crease for this one and he has gone 5-4 with a 3.11 GAA and a .892 save percentage on the year overall, including 2-2 with a 3.21 GAA and a .877 save percentage here at home. In his career, he has gone 107-72 with a 2.35 GAA and 24-19 with a 2.28 GAA during the month of November, plus he is 50-33 with a 2.24 GAA against the Central Division, while against the Blackhawks he has gone 7-10 with a 2.47 GAA.
The Flyers check in at 14th in the league in scoring at 3.13 gpg, while also ranking 11th in shots taken (32.6 spg) and 12th in power play conversions, converting on 20.4% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been very solid as they come in ranked 10th in goals allowed, giving up 2.80 gpg, while also ranking 3rd in shots allowed (29.3 spg) and 25th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 22.1% of their chances.
- 3-9 in their last 12 road games
- 3-13 in their last 16 after scoring two goals or less in their previous game
- 7-1 in their last eight after allowing five goals or more in their previous game
- 22-10 their last 32 games in this series overall
The Philadelphia Flyers are struggling at the moment, but they would love to get a bit of revenge after losing last week in Chicago by a score of 3-0. The Blackhawks have not gotten off to a great start and they are off a 2-0 home loss to the Canadiens. The Flyers are an improved team over last year and I look for them to grab a big win in this one. Their offense is a bit better than that of the Blackhawks at the moment and while Crawford did blank the Flyers last week, he is still just 2-3 with a 2.81 GAA in his career against them. Nowe for a couple of extra trends. The home team is 21-5 the last 26 games in this series and the Blackhawks are just 1-15 in their last 16 trips to the city of Brotherly Love. Take the Flyers in this one.