Philadelphia Flyers at Ottawa Senators Matchup Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

Canadian Tire Centre plays host to an Eastern Conference clash as the Philadelphia Flyers travel to Ottawa to face the Senators. It’s the third and last time that the two clubs will meet in the regular season. The puck drops at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 24, and you’ll be able to view the game live on TVA Sports.

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Ottawa Senators Odds

Philadelphia is 32-29 straight up (SU) and has earned 0.4 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 61 regular season outings, 32 of its games have gone over the total, while 27 have gone under and just two have pushed. As a road team in 2017-18, the Flyers are 16-14 SU.

Philadelphia has converted on 21.6 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that’s good enough for ninth-best in the NHL. Additionally, its penalty kill is ranked 28th out of 31 teams, and it has successfully killed off only 75.4 percent of its penalties.

The Flyers, as a collective unit, have been penalized just 3.5 times per game in the 2017-18 season, and 2.2 per game over its last five on the road. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 6.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Boasting a .908 save percentage and 26.3 saves per game, Brian Elliott (22-19-7) has been the best option in goal for Philadelphia this season. If it chooses to give him a rest, however, Philadelphia might turn to Petr Mrazek (9-14-4 record, .911 save percentage, 2.80 goals against average).

Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek will both look to continue their strong seasons for the visiting Flyers. Giroux has 72 points on 21 goals and 51 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 20 different games. Voracek has 13 goals and 54 assists to his credit (and has logged at least one point in 39 games).

On the other bench, Ottawa is 21-39 straight up (SU) and has lost 18.3 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 60 regular season outings, 32 of its games have gone over the total, while 28 have gone under and none have pushed. It’s 14-17 SU at home this season.

The Senators have converted on just 16.3 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that places them in the bottom 5 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 29th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 74.9 percent of all opponent power plays.

Senators players have been called for penalties 3.6 times per game in total this season, and 3.0 per game over their past five outings. The teams had to defend opponent power plays just 7.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Craig Anderson has stopped 27.3 shots per game as the top selection in goal for the Senators. Anderson has 18 wins, 27 losses, and five OT losses and has maintained a pedestrian 3.23 goals against average and a subpar .902 save percentage this season.

The Sens offense will be led by Mark Stone (19 goals, 35 assists).

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Ottawa Senators Betting Predictions

Free NHL Tip: SU Winner – Senators, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • Ottawa is 2-6 in games decided by a shootout this season while Philadelphia is 1-5 in shootouts.
  • Ottawa has allowed 4.0 goals per game, while scoring just 2.3 per contest, on its three-game losing skid.
  • Over Ottawa’s last ten outings, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 2-4 in those games).
  • The Sens this season have handed the seventh-most hits per game (23.9).