Philadelphia Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils Matchup Preview

The Prudential Center will be hosting a Metro Division showdown as the Philadelphia Flyers take on the New Jersey Devils. The action gets started at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 13, and it is being televised live on NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils Odds

Each side currently has an identical -110 moneyline for this one, and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -120 for the under and +100 for the over.

New Jersey is 22-19 straight up (SU) and has earned 6.0 units for moneyline bettors this season. That winning percentage, the third-best in the Metropolitan Division in this young season, is a remarkable improvement over the 28-54 record from the 2016-17 season campaign. Through 41 regular season matches, 23 of its games have gone over the total, while 17 have gone under and just one has pushed. The team is 12-8 SU at home this year.

The Devils have converted on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated ninth overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 83.3 percent of all penalties.

As a collective unit, the Devils have been whistled for penalties 4.0 times per game overall this season, and 3.2 per game over their last five outings. The team has had to stave off opposition power plays for just 6.4 minutes per game over their last five matchups, in total.

Sporting a .918 save percentage and 29.6 saves per game, Cory Schneider (18-14-6) has been the best goalkeeper for New Jersey this year. If head coach John Hynes chooses to give him the night off, however, the team may turn to Keith Kinkaid (5-6-6 record, .897 save percentage, 3.31 goals against average).

Taylor Hall and Jesper Bratt will both spearhead the attack for the Devils. Hall (42 points) has produced 15 goals and 27 assists and has recorded multiple points on 12 separate occasions this year. Bratt has 10 goals and 16 assists to his credit and has recorded at least one point in 18 contests.

Philadelphia is 19-23 straight up (SU) and has lost 6.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 42 regular season matches, 22 of its games have gone over the total, while 18 have gone under and just two have pushed. The Flyers are 8-11 SU as the visiting team this season.

The Flyers have scored on 20.8 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s good enough for 10th-best in the league. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 29th overall and it’s successfully killed off 75.2 percent of all opponent power plays.

Philadelphia’s skaters have been penalized 3.7 times per game in total this season, 3.4 per game over their past five outings total, and 3.2 per game over their last five games as the visiting team. The team has had to kill penalties just 7.0 minutes per game over their last five road outings.

Brian Elliott (26.9 saves per game) has been the main option in goal for Philadelphia. Elliott has 16 wins, 18 losses, and seven OT losses to his credit, and has registered a .910 save percentage and 2.74 goals against average this year.

For the visiting Flyers, the offense will be facilitated through Claude Giroux (14 goals, 38 assists) and Jakub Voracek (eight goals, 43 assists).

Philadelphia Flyers at New Jersey Devils Betting Predictions

Predictions: SU Winner – Devils, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • Over New Jersey’s last ten outings, five of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 4-1 in those games).
  • Philadelphia has averaged 2.9 goals per game overall this year, but is averaging 5.3 per contest over the teams three-game winning streak.
  • The Devils are 6-8 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 9-14 in games where they serve fewer than 10 penalty minutes, in total.
  • Three of New Jersey’s last ten games have gone to a shootout. The team is 1-2 in those games and 3-4 overall in shootouts this year.
  • The total has gone over in four of New Jersey’s last five games.
  • New Jersey has allowed 3.0 goals per game overall this season, but is allowing 4.2 goals per contest over its five-game losing streak.
  • New Jersey is ranked 7th this season with 7.7 giveaways per game. That figure has trended lower, however, as it’s averaged 6.6 giveaways over its last 10 games and 6.6 giveaways over its last five.
  • Philadelphia is ranked 15th this season with 9.6 giveaways per game. That figure has trended down recently, however, as the teams averaged 8.1 giveaways over its last 10 games and 7.6 giveaways over its last five.