St. Louis Blues vs. Philadelphia Flyers Matchup Preview

The Wells Fargo Center is playing host an East-West showdown as the Philadelphia Flyers face off against the visiting St. Louis Blues. It’s the last time that the two clubs will meet in the regular season. The game will get started at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 6 and it can be watched live on Sportsnet.

St. Louis Blues at Philadelphia Flyers Odds

St. Louis is 26-17 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 4.5 units this year. Through 43 regular season outings, 27 of its games have gone under the total, while 16 have gone over and none have pushed. As the road team this season, the Blue Notes are 11-9 SU.

St. Louis has converted on just 14.9 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that places them in the bottom- overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 11th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.3 percent of its penalties.

For the team as a whole, St. Louis has been penalized just 3.5 times per game this season, and 4.2 per game over its last five on the road. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays 8.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Boasting a .913 save percentage and 25.7 saves per game, Jake Allen (18-15-2) has been the top option in goal for St. Louis this season. If head coach Mike Yeo chooses to rest him, however, St. Louis may roll with Carter Hutton (9-5 record, .947 save percentage, 1.64 goals against average).

Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko will both be relied on to facilitate things for the visiting Blues. Schenn has 42 points on 17 goals and 25 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 10 different games. Tarasenko has 17 goals and 22 assists to his credit (and has logged at least one point in 25 games).

Philadelphia is 17-23 straight up (SU) and has lost 8.4 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 21 of its matches have gone over the total, while 17 have gone under and just two have pushed. It’s 9-12 SU at home this year.

Philadelphia has converted on 20.4 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 30th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 75.2 percent of all penalties.

Philadelphia players have been penalized only 3.7 times per game in total this season, 4.2 per game over their last five outings total, and 3.6 per game over their last five home outings. The teams had to kill penalties 11.6 minutes per game over their last five home outings.

Brian Elliott has denied 26.9 shots per game as the top selection in goal for Philadelphia. Elliott has 15 wins, 18 losses, and seven OT losses and has recorded a poor .910 save percentage and 2.73 goals against average this season.

Jakub Voracek (eight goals, 40 assists) and Claude Giroux (13 goals, 35 assists) will lead the offensive counter for the Flyers.

St. Louis Blues at Philadelphia Flyers Betting Picks

Predictions: SU Winner – Blues, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • The Blues are 13-7 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 18-11 when they’re in the box for fewer than 10 penalty minutes, total.
  • Philadelphia is 0-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while St. Louis is 3-0 in shootouts.
  • Philadelphia has created 4.6 takeaways per game over its last five home games, a drop-off from its season average of 5.4 takeaways per game (ranked 29th).
  • St. Louis is averaging 2.7 goals per game over their three-game winning streak.
  • St. Louis is ranked 11th with 7.9 takeaways per game. That figure has trended lower lately, however, as it’s created 6.7 takeaways over its last 10 games and 7.0 takeaways over its last five.
  • St. Louis may hold the upper hand if this one comes down to the wire. The teams 11-7 in one-goal games, while Philadelphia is only 5-13 in such games.