New Jersey Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers Free Prediction

Two clubs that are facing each other for the fourth and final time this season, the New Jersey Devils and the Philadelphia Flyers collide at the Wells Fargo Center in a divisional showdown. NBC Sports Philadelphia will air the game, and the opening face-off takes place at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 13.

New Jersey Devils at Philadelphia Flyers Odds

Philadelphia (-155) is currently the favorite over New Jersey (+135), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under). Losing 2.4 units for moneyline bettors, Philadelphia is 28-28 straight up (SU) overall in the 2017-18 season. That early-season winning percentage is right in line with the 39-43 record the team managed during the 2016-17 season campaign. Through 56 regular season contests, 30 of the teams games have gone over the total, while 24 have gone under and just two have pushed. The teams 14-14 SU at home this season. The Flyers have converted on 21.7 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 29th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 74.7 percent of all penalties. As a collective unit, the Flyers have been penalized 3.7 times per game overall this season, and 3.0 per game over their past five contests. The team has had to stave off opposition power plays for just 8.9 minutes per game over their last 10 matchups, overall. Boasting a .908 save percentage and 26.3 saves per game, Brian Elliott (22-19-7) has been the best goalkeeper for Philadelphia this year. If Philadelphia chooses to give him the evening off, however, head coach Dave Hakstol may turn to Michal Neuvirth (7-11-11 record, .917 save percentage, 2.50 goals against average). Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek will each be focal points for the Flyers. Giroux (64 points) is up to 18 goals and 46 assists and has recorded multiple points 17 times this year. Voracek has 11 goals and 52 assists to his credit and has notched a point in 37 contests. New Jersey is 27-28 straight up (SU) and has netted 0.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. A total of 29 of its games have gone over the total, while 25 have gone under and just one has pushed. The Devils are 12-15 SU as a road team this season. The Devils have converted on 19.9 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 14th overall and it’s successfully killed off 81.6 percent of all opponent power plays. New Jersey’s players have been penalized 3.9 times per game this season, and 4.8 per game over their last five on the road. The teams had to defend opponent power plays just 8.2 minutes per game over their last 10 outings. Cory Schneider (28.9 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for New Jersey. Schneider owns an 18-17-6 record, and has registered a .913 save percentage and 2.79 goals against average this year. For the visiting Devils, the offense will be coordinated by Taylor Hall, who has 36 assists and 21 goals this year.

New Jersey Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers Betting Picks

NHL Pick: SU Winner – Devils, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • Seven of New Jersey’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 2-5 in those games.
  • New Jersey has allowed 3.1 goals per game this season, but is allowing 4.8 goals per matchup over its four-game losing skid.
  • The Devils are 9-14 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 12-20 in games where they serve fewer than 10 penalty minutes, in total.
  • New Jersey is 3-4 in games decided by a shootout this season while Philadelphia is 1-4 in shootouts.
  • The total has gone over in three of Philadelphia’s last five games.
  • Philadelphia has given up just 2.0 goals per game (while scoring 3.8 per contest) over its four-game win streak.
  • Philadelphia has averaged 7.6 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 9.0 giveaways per game (ranked 13th in the league).
  • New Jersey skaters have averaged 5.2 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 7.7 giveaways per game (ranked eighth overall).