Philadelphia Flyers vs. Winnipeg Jets Game Preview

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Two teams that split their head-to-head series (one win apiece) a year ago, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Winnipeg Jets meet at Bell MTS Place for an East-West showdown. The action will get going at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 16, and you’ll be able to catch the game live on NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Flyers at Winnipeg Jets Odds

Winnipeg (-140) is currently favored over Philadelphia (+120). The Over/Under (O/U), set at 6 goals, originally opened at -115 for the over and -105 for the under. That line’s shifted since then, and it now sits at -120 over and +100 under. Earning moneyline bettors 3.0 units, Winnipeg is 10-7 straight up (SU) overall in the 2017-18 season. That winning percentage, the second-best in the Central Division so far in this young season, is a welcome improvement compared to how the team performed during the 2016-17 season (40-42). Through 17 regular season contests, 10 of its games have gone over the total, while seven have gone under and none have pushed. The team’s 5-3 SU at home thus far. The Jets have been able to convert on 22.8 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s good enough for sixth-best in the league. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 19th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 79.7 percent of all penalties. The Jets, as a collective unit, have been penalized 4.4 times per game overall this season, 5.0 per game over their last five matchups total, and 4.8 per game over their last five at home. The team has been forced to kill penalties for 14.0 minutes per contest over their last five home games. Averaging 28.5 saves per game with a .930 save percentage, Connor Hellebuyck (9-4-2) has been the top goalkeeper for Winnipeg this season. If Winnipeg chooses to rest him, however, head coach Paul Maurice may turn to Steve Mason (1-5-5 record, .892 save percentage, 3.76 goals against average). The Jets will continue relying on offensive production from Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele. Wheeler (23 points) is up to five goals and 18 assists and has recorded two or more points on seven separate occasions this year. Scheifele has 10 goals and 11 assists to his name and has notched a point in 11 games. On the other side of the rink, Philadelphia is 8-10 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.4 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 18 regular season contests, nine of its games have gone under the total, while eight have gone over and just one has pushed. As the away team, the Flyers are 4-5 SU so far. The Flyers have converted on 18.0 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 18th overall and it’s successfully killed off 80.3 percent of all opponent power plays. Philadelphia’s skaters have been penalized 3.9 times per game in total this season, and 3.2 per game over their last five road outings. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays just 6.0 minutes per game over their last five outings. Brian Elliott (26.0 saves per game) has been the primary choice in goal for Philadelphia. Elliott has six wins, six losses, and one OT loss to his credit, and has registered a .910 save percentage and 2.59 goals against average this year. For the visiting Flyers, the offense will run through Jakub Voracek (four goals, 17 assists) and Claude Giroux (nine goals, 11 assists).

Philadelphia Flyers at Winnipeg Jets Free Picks

Predictions: SU Winner – Flyers, O/U – Over

Betting Trends:

  • The total has gone under in three of Winnipeg’s last five games.
  • Six of Winnipeg’s last ten games have been decided by two or more goals, and the team is 5-1 overall in those games.