Vegas Golden Knights vs. Philadelphia Flyers Game Preview

Squaring off for the final time this year, the Philadelphia Flyers and the expansion franchise Vegas Golden Knights face off at the Wells Fargo Center in an East-West matchup. The puck drops at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, March 12, and you’ll be able to see the game live on NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Vegas Golden Knights at Philadelphia Flyers Odds

Vegas heads into the game as the favorite with a moneyline of -120. The line for Philadelphia sits at +100, and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals (-120 for the under, +100 for the over).

Vegas is 44-24 straight up (SU) and has netted 19.0 units for moneyline bettors this season. 36 of its games have gone over the total, while 30 have gone under and just two have pushed. This 2017-18 Golden Knights team is 20-15 SU on the road.

Vegas has converted on 21.2 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. Its penalty kill is ranked 15th overall, and the team’s successfully killed off 81.0 percent of its penalties.

The Knights, as a collective unit, have been penalized just 3.2 times per game overall during the 2017-18 season, 3.2 per game over its past five contests total, and 3.2 per game over its last five on the road. The team’s been forced to kill penalties just 7.3 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

With a .930 save percentage and 28.6 saves per game, Marc-Andre Fleury (24-12-3) has been the top option in goal for Vegas this season. If it decides to give him a rest, however, Vegas might turn to Malcolm Subban (12-4-1), who has a .912 save percentage and 2.59 goals against average this year.

Jonathan Marchessault and David Perron will both lead the way for the visiting Golden Knights. Marchessault (65 points) is up to 22 goals and 43 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 20 different games. Perron has 16 goals and 45 assists to his name, and has registered at least one point in 41 games.

On the other side of the rink, Philadelphia is 35-34 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. 35 of its contests have gone over the total, while 32 have gone under and just two have pushed. This season, the team is 17-17 SU as the home team.

The Flyers have converted on just 20.0 percent of their 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 75.6 percent of all penalties.

Flyers skaters have been sent to the penalty box 3.6 times per game in total this season, and 2.6 per game over their last five home outings. The team’s had to defend opponent power plays just 7.0 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Brian Elliott (26.3 saves per game) has been the primary choice in goal for the Flyers. Elliott has 22 wins, 19 losses, and seven overtime losses to his credit and has recorded a subpar .908 save percentage and 2.72 goals against average this season.

Claude Giroux (24 goals, 57 assists) will pace the offensive attack for Philly.

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Philadelphia Flyers Betting Picks

Pick: SU Winner – Flyers, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • Two of Philadelphia’s last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 2-6 overall in shootouts this year.
  • The under has hit in three of Philadelphia’s last five outings.
  • Over Philadelphia’s last ten outings, four of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 1-3 in those games).