Facing each other for the fourth and final time this season, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Columbus Blue Jackets face off at Nationwide Arena. The first puck will drop at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 20, and fans at home can catch this divisional matchup live on NBC Sports Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Odds
Columbus (-125) is being chosen as the favorite over Philadelphia (+105), and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -105 for the over and -115 on the under.
Philadelphia is 33-27 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 5.4 units this season. Through 60 regular season contests, 32 of its games have gone over the total, while 27 have gone under and just one has pushed. As the road team in 2019-20, the Flyers are 13-18 SU.
Philadelphia has converted on 20.0 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. Its penalty kill is ranked 12th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.9 percent of all penalties.
Philadelphia, as a collective unit, has been sent to the penalty box 3.4 times per game this season, 3.8 per game over its past five games total, and 3.8 per game over its last five games as the visiting team. The team’s had to stave off opponent power plays just 7.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
With a .908 save percentage and 22.5 saves per game, Carter Hart (18-18-3) has been the top option in goal for Philadelphia this year. If head coach Alain Vigneault chooses to rest him, however, the team may roll with Brian Elliott (14-15-4 record, .898 save percentage, 2.90 goals against average).
Sean Couturier and Travis Konecny will both lead the offensive attack for the visiting Flyers. Couturier has 53 points on 18 goals and 35 assists, and has recorded two or more points 12 times. Konecny has 20 goals and 31 assists to his credit (and has notched at least one point in 36 games).
On the other side of the ice, Columbus is 30-31 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 1.1 units this season. 38 of its games have gone under the total, while 22 have gone over and just one has pushed. It’s 18-14 SU at home this season.
Columbus has converted on just 16.4 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s ranked 26th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked eighth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.5 percent of all opponent power plays.
Columbus players have been sent to the penalty box only 3.0 times per game this season, and 2.0 per game over their past ten contests. The team’s had to stave off opponent power plays just 4.2 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Joonas Korpisalo has denied 25.7 shots per game as the primary netminder in goal for Columbus. Korpisalo has 17 wins, 15 losses, and five overtime losses to his credit and has maintained a .913 save percentage and 2.49 goals against average this season.
The home team will be led on offense by Pierre-Luc Dubois (17 goals, 27 assists).
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Free Picks
Pick: SU Winner – Blue Jackets, O/U – Over
- Philadelphia is 5-5 in games decided by a shootout this season while Columbus is 0-3 in shootouts.
- For both of these clubs, the game went over the total in three of their last five outings.
- Philadelphia has managed 31.2 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Columbus is averaging 38.0 shots per game over its last five at home.
- Columbus has scored just 1.7 goals per contest (while giving up 3.3) in its last six contests (the team is 0-6 SU over that stretch).
- Nine of Philadelphia’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 6-3 in those games.
- Philadelphia skaters recorded 21.4 hits per game last season, while the Jackets accounted for 23.0 hits per matchup.