Philadelphia Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils Game Preview

Two clubs facing each other for the third time this year, the Philadelphia Flyers and the New Jersey Devils face off at the Prudential Center for a divisional showdown. The action gets going at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 1, and you’ll be able to watch the game live on NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Flyers at New Jersey Devils Odds

New Jersey is 25-24 straight up (SU) and has netted 3.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage is a remarkable improvement over the 28-54 record from last year’s regular season campaign. Through 49 regular season outings, 25 of its games have gone over the total, while 23 have gone under and just one has pushed. The team is 13-11 SU at home this year. The Devils have converted on 20.0 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked sixth overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 83.4 percent of all penalties. The Devils, as a collective unit, have been called for penalties 3.9 times per game overall this season, and 3.2 per game over their last five home outings. The team has had to defend opponent power plays for just 8.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, in total. Averaging 28.9 saves per game with a .913 save percentage, Cory Schneider (18-17-6) has been the primary option in goal for the Devils this year. If head coach John Hynes decides to give him the night off, however, New Jersey may turn to Keith Kinkaid (8-7-7 record, .897 save percentage, 3.11 goals against average). Taylor Hall and Jesper Bratt will both spearhead the attack for the Devils. Hall (49 points) is up to 18 goals and 31 assists and has recorded two or more points on 15 different occasions this year. Bratt has 12 goals and 19 assists to his credit and has recorded a point in 21 games. On the other side of the ice, Philadelphia is 24-26 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. A total of 25 of its matches have gone over the total, while 22 have gone under and just two have pushed. The Flyers are 11-13 SU as the away team this season. The Flyers have converted on 20.6 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s good enough for 10th-best in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 29th overall and it’s successfully killed off 74.7 percent of all penalties. Philadelphia’s players have been penalized 3.7 times per game in total this season, 3.6 per game over their past five contests total, and 3.8 per game over their last five games as the visiting team. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays just 8.2 minutes per game over their last 10 outings. Brian Elliott (26.4 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for Philadelphia. Elliott owns a 19-19-7 record, and has registered a .908 save percentage and 2.77 goals against average this year. For the visiting Flyers, the offense will be coordinated by Jakub Voracek (10 goals, 47 assists) and Claude Giroux (14 goals, 43 assists).

Philadelphia Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils Betting Picks

Pick: SU Winner – Devils, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • Philadelphia is 0-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while New Jersey is 3-4 in shootouts.
  • The total has gone under in each of New Jersey’s last five games.
  • Philadelphia has managed 27.0 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while New Jersey is averaging 32.2 shots per game over its last five at home.
  • Six of New Jersey’s last ten outings have been decided by two or more goals. The team is 2-4 overall in those games.