Two clubs that are squaring off for the final time this season, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Edmonton Oilers face off at Rogers Place for a cross-continent showdown. Sportsnet ONE will showcase the action, which gets going at 9:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 6.
Philadelphia Flyers at Edmonton Oilers Odds
Losing -9.2 units for moneyline bettors, the Oilers are 11-16 straight up (SU) overall in the 2017-18 season. That early-season winning percentage is a regression from the 47-35 record that the team managed during last years regular season campaign. Through 27 regular season outings, 13 of its games have gone over the total, while another 13 have gone under and just one has pushed. This season, the team is 5-8 SU at home.
Edmonton has converted on just 17.1 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that puts the team in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 31st overall, and it’s successfully killed off 72.2 percent of all penalties.
As a collective unit, Edmonton has been penalized 4.3 times per game overall this season, and 3.2 per game over its last five games. The team has been forced to stave off opposition power plays for just 7.4 minutes per game over its last five outings, overall.
Sporting a .903 save percentage and 25.8 saves per game, Cam Talbot (10-12-1) has been the top option in goal for the Oilers this season. If the Oilers decide to give him the evening off, however, the team might turn to Laurent Brossoit (1-7-7 record, .872 save percentage, 3.81 goals against average).
Connor McDavid and Milan Lucic will each lead the offensive attack for the Oilers. McDavid (32 points) has tallied 11 goals and 21 assists and has recorded two or more points in eight different games this year. Lucic has five goals and 14 assists to his name and has recorded at least one point in 14 games.
Over on the other bench, Philadelphia is 9-18 straight up (SU) and has lost 11.7 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 27 regular season matches, 14 of its games have gone over the total, while 12 have gone under and just one has pushed. As the road team, Philadelphia is 5-8 SU so far.
Philadelphia has converted on 18.0 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 27th overall and it’s successfully defended 76.5 percent of all opponent power plays.
Philadelphia’s skaters have been called for penalties 4.1 times per game in total this season, 4.0 per game over their past five contests total, and 4.0 per game over their last five on the road. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays 8.6 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Brian Elliott (28.1 saves per game) has been the main option in goal for Philadelphia. Elliott owns a 7-13-6 record, and has registered a .908 save percentage and 2.92 goals against average this year.
Jakub Voracek (seven goals, 26 assists) has been one of the most vital offensive playmakers for the visiting Flyers.
Philadelphia Flyers at Edmonton Oilers Betting Predictions
Predictions: SU Winner – Flyers, O/U – Under
- The total has gone over in three of Edmonton’s last five games.
- The Flyers are 2-6 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 5-7 when they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes.
- Edmonton skaters have forced 9.6 takeaways per game over its last five home games, an improvement over its season average of 8.5 takeaways per game (ranked 10th in the NHL).
- Philadelphia has managed 5.0 takeaways per game over its last five road games, its season average of 5.4 takeaways per game (ranked 28th overall).