Philadelphia Flyers vs. Vegas Golden Knights Game Preview

T-Mobile Arena plays host to an East-West matchup as the expansion Vegas Golden Knights face off against the Philadelphia Flyers. The action will get started at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 11, and it is being shown live on NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Flyers at Vegas Golden Knights Odds

Netting 21.1 units for moneyline bettors, Vegas is 36-18 straight up (SU) overall this year. Of its 54 games this season, 31 have gone over the total, while 21 have gone under and just two have pushed. The team is 19-5 SU at home this year. The Golden Knights have converted on 21.5 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that’s good enough for ninth-best in the league. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated eighth overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 82.6 percent of all penalties. The Golden Knights, as a collective unit, have been called for penalties just 3.3 times per game overall this season, and 2.6 per game over their last five at home. The team has been forced to kill penalties for just 6.9 minutes per game over their last 10 matchups, in total. Averaging 29.1 saves per game with a .934 save percentage, Marc-Andre Fleury (16 wins, seven losses, and two OT losses) has been the top option in goal for Vegas this season. If the Knights, however, choose to rest him, the team could turn to Malcolm Subban (12-4-4 record, .912 save percentage, 2.59 goals against average). Jonathan Marchessault and David Perron will both look to continue their strong seasons for the Golden Knights. Marchessault (54 points) has tallied 20 goals and 34 assists and has recorded two or more points 16 times this year. Perron has 13 goals and 36 assists to his credit and has recorded at least one point in 34 contests. On the other side of the rink, Philadelphia is 27-28 straight up (SU) and has lost 5.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far. A total of 29 of its matches have gone over the total, while 23 have gone under and just two have pushed. The Flyers are 13-14 SU as the visiting team this season. The Flyers have converted on 21.7 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s good enough for eighth-best in the league. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 29th overall and it’s successfully defended 74.6 percent of all penalties. Philadelphia’s skaters have been called for penalties 3.7 times per game in total this season, 4.2 per game over their last five games total, and 3.8 per game over their last five on the road. The team has had to kill penalties 9.8 minutes per contest over their last five road games. Brian Elliott (26.3 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Philadelphia. Elliott has 22 wins, 19 losses, and seven overtime losses to his credit, and has registered a .908 save percentage and 2.72 goals against average this year. For the visiting Flyers, the offense will run through Jakub Voracek (11 goals, 52 assists) and Claude Giroux (17 goals, 45 assists).

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Vegas Golden Knights Betting Predictions

Pick: SU Winner – Flyers, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • Over Vegas last ten outings, five of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 4-1 in those games).
  • Philadelphia is putting up 3.7 goals per game over the teams three-game winning streak.
  • Power plays and penalty kills may prove to be critical in this game. The Flyers are 12-11 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 20-12 in games where they serve fewer than 10 penalty minutes, in total. The Golden Knights are 12-8 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 26-12 when their penalty minutes are in the single digits.
  • Vegas is 2-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Philadelphia is 1-4 in shootouts.
  • Vegas may hold the upper hand if it’s a tight one late. The teams 16-10 in games decided by one goal, while Philadelphia is 10-15 in such games.
  • Vegas is ranked 13th this season with 9.1 giveaways per game. That figure has trended down recently, however, as it’s averaged 6.4 giveaways over its last 10 games and 5.6 giveaways over its last five.
  • Philadelphia has averaged 7.0 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 9.1 giveaways per game (ranked 13th).