Winnipeg Jets vs. Philadelphia Flyers Matchup Preview 2/22/20

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Two squads that’ve positioned themselves firmly in the playoff picture, the Winnipeg Jets and the Philadelphia Flyers meet at the Wells Fargo Center. The first puck will drop at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 22, and fans at home can watch this East-West matchup live on NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Winnipeg Jets at Philadelphia Flyers Odds

The Flyers are 34-27 straight-up (SU) and have earned 5.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage is a welcomed improvement compared to what the team managed during the 2018-19 season (37-45). Of the team’s 61 games this season, 32 have gone over the total, while 27 have gone under and just one has pushed. The team’s 20-9 SU at home this season.

Philadelphia’s converted on 20.4 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 10th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.2 percent of all penalties.

As a collective unit, Philadelphia has been penalized 3.4 times per game overall this season, 3.6 per game over its past five outings total, and 3.6 per game over its last five at home. The team has had to defend opposition power plays for just 8.2 minutes per game over its last 10 matchups, overall.

Averaging 22.5 saves per game with a .908 save percentage, Carter Hart (18-18-3) has been the top option in goal for the Flyers this season. If they, however, choose to give him the day off, Philadelphia could turn to Brian Elliott (15-15-15 record, .899 save percentage, 2.90 goals against average).

Travis Konecny and Sean Couturier will both look to continue their strong seasons for the Flyers. Konecny (54 points) has tallied 21 goals and 33 assists and has recorded multiple points on 10 separate occasions this year. Couturier has 18 goals and 36 assists to his credit and has notched at least one point in 37 contests.

Winnipeg has earned moneyline bettors 3.5 units this year and is currently 32-30 straight up (SU). Through 62 regular season matches, 31 of its games have gone under the total, while 28 have gone over and just two have pushed. Winnipeg’s 16-13 SU as the road team this season.

Winnipeg has converted on 20.2 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 26th overall and it’s successfully killed off 76.3 percent of all penalties.

Winnipeg’s players have been penalized only 3.2 times per game in total this season, and 4.8 per game over their last five on the road. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays 14.0 minutes per game over their last five road outings.

Connor Hellebuyck (28.6 saves per game) has been the main choice in goal for Winnipeg. Hellebuyck has 27 wins, 23 losses, and five OT losses to his credit, while registering a .919 save percentage and 2.71 goals against average this year.

Mark Scheifele (26 goals, 39 assists) and Kyle Connor (30 goals, 33 assists) have been standout playmakers for Winnipeg and will lead the attack for the visiting Jets.

Winnipeg Jets vs. Philadelphia Flyers Free Picks

Free Pick: SU Winner – Jets, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • Winnipeg is 3-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Philadelphia is 5-5 in shootouts.
  • Seven of Winnipeg’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 6-1 in those games.
  • Winnipeg skaters have accounted for the 11th-most hits in the league (22.4 per game).