Canucks vs. Flyers Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Flyers are a -175 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Canucks are a +145 underdog, while the total is set at 5.5 goals.
Vancouver comes in with a 9-8-3 record after a 4-3 overtime loss at home to the Blues. Philadelphia is 8-8-4 following a 5-4 overtime loss at home to the Flames. The Flyers won both meetings last season, 5-4 in a shootout at home and 3-2 on the road. The over-under went 1-0-1.
The Canucks were led by Sven Baertschi with a goal and an assist in the loss to St. Louis. Brock Boeser and Markus Granlund each had a goal. Loui Eriksson dished out two assists. Anders Nilsson made 27 saves on 31 shots. Vancouver gave up the tying goal at the 15:14 mark of the third period before allowing the winner midway through overtime.
Sean Couturier, Brandon Patrick, Nolan Patrick and Ivan Provorov all had a goal in the Flyers' loss Calgary. Jakub Voracek recorded two assists. Brian Elliott turned away 26 of 31 shots. Philadelphia allowed the equalizer with 5:04 remaining before giving up the game-winner 1:18 into overtime.
The home team is 4-1 in the last five meetings. The Flyers are 0-4 in their last four games versus Western Conference opponents.
Neither team was very tight on the back end last game and will want to correct that. The Canucks don't have a high-powered offense and will struggle to score more than a goal or two. And don't expect the Flyers to skate away with this one. Goaltending and defense will dominate here.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: CANUCKS/FLYERS UNDER 5.5