In their second head-to-head meeting of the regular season, the Ottawa Senators and the Philadelphia Flyers collide at the Wells Fargo Center for an Eastern Conference showdown. The matchup gets started at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 3, and you can witness the game live on NBC Sports Philadelphia.
Ottawa Senators vs. Philadelphia Flyers Odds
Philadelphia is 24-27 straight up (SU) and has lost 5.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage hasn’t moved much from the 39-43 record the team produced during the 2016-17 season campaign. Through 51 regular season matches, 27 of its games have gone over the total, while 22 have gone under and just two have pushed. The teams 13-13 SU at home this season.
The Flyers have converted on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s good enough for seventh-best in the NHL. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 30th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 74.1 percent of all penalties.
As a team, the Flyers have been called for penalties 3.7 times per game overall this season, and 3.0 per game over their last five at home. The teams had to kill penalties for just 8.2 minutes per contest over their last five home games.
Boasting a .908 save percentage and 26.4 saves per game, Brian Elliott (19-19-7) has been the primary goalkeeper for Philadelphia this year. If head coach Dave Hakstol decides to give him a breather, however, Philadelphia might turn to Michal Neuvirth (5-10-10 record, .910 save percentage, 2.69 goals against average).
Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux will both be offensive focal points for the Flyers. Voracek (59 points) has tallied 10 goals and 49 assists and has recorded two or more points on 20 different occasions this year. Giroux has 15 goals and 43 assists to his credit and has recorded a point in 35 contests.
Over on the other bench, Ottawa is 16-33 straight up (SU) and has lost 18.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. Through 49 regular season outings, 25 of its games have gone under the total, while 24 have gone over and none have pushed. As an away team, the Senators are 6-17 SU so far.
The Senators have converted on just 15.9 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that places them in the bottom-five overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 28th overall and it’s successfully killed off 74.8 percent of all penalties.
Ottawa’s skaters have been penalized 3.6 times per game in total this season, and 2.6 per game over their last five on the road. The team has had to kill penalties just 7.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Craig Anderson (3.17 goals against average and .903 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Ottawa. Anderson is averaging 27.6 saves per game and owns a 13-23-5 record.
Leading the offensive attack for the visiting Senators will be Mark Stone, who’s got 18 goals and 26 assists this year.
Ottawa Senators vs. Philadelphia Flyers Betting Picks
Prediction: SU Winner – Flyers, O/U – Under
- Philadelphia is 0-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while Ottawa is 1-5 in shootouts.
- Philadelphia’s attempted 31.6 shots per game overall this season (ranked 18th in the NHL), and 34.6 in their last five home outings.
- Philadelphia has allowed 2.9 goals per game (overall) this year, but has allowed 4.7 goals per contest on its three-game losing skid.
- Five of Ottawa’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 1-4 in those games.
- Ottawa skaters have accounted for the eighth-most hits in the league (23.8 per game), but that numbers down to just 21.2 hits over their last five away games.