Ducks vs. Flyers NHL Picks: Bet A More Consistent Anaheim Squad

Nikki Adams

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 7:12 PM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 7:12 PM UTC

NHL picks up pace on Tuesday with a whole slew of games to spot. We’re spotting the clash between the Ducks and Flyers on our choice NHL picks. Check it out.

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NHL Picks: Ducks -105 
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle


Anaheim Ducks (25-19-7)
The Anaheim Ducks boast a solid 8-2-0 record in their last ten games, but they are coming off a heavy 6-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night – a defeat that snapped a six game winning streak.

Ahead of last night’s date with the Penguins, the Ducks were enjoying a six-game winning streak that included solid wins over Minnesota, Detroit, Boston, San Jose, Los Angeles and Arizona, outscoring the sextuplet 25-12. Indeed, on the strength of that form, which included three road wins, they entered the game with the Penguins as the notional underdogs trading from +100 at 5Dimes to -105 at BetCris (amongst several other sportsbooks) to win straight up. The Penguins were only marginally favored from -110 to -115 depending on your sportsbook of choice.

Obviously, the Ducks didn’t live up to expectations on Monday night, suffering their first defeat since a 3-2 loss to Los Angeles on January 17 and their biggest defeat since losing 4-0 to Toronto on January 6.

The Ducks will be looking to bounce back tonight when they take on the Philadelphia Flyers, their second straight road game in as many days. Auspiciously, some odds makers are cornering this game in their camp with NHL odds that range from a low of -105 (Heritage) to a high of -120 (William Hill) in money line betting markets. Most books hang the Ducks on -110 NHL odds for the outright win, and, in these instances, the game is in fact a dead even matchup with the Flyers also hanging on -110 NHL odds.

Overall, the Duck are 25-19-7 on the season, which includes a 16-8-4 mark at home and a 9-11-3 mark on the road. They are third in the Pacific Division with 57 points, just outside of a wildcard spot in the playoffs.

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Philadelphia Flyers (23-19-9)
The Philadelphia Flyers boast a 23-19-9 record on the season and 55 points, which puts them almost on par with the Ducks in the broad spectrum of the league. However, in terms of the Eastern Conference, a much more competitive field it would seem, they are fourth worst and well outside of contention.

At home the Flyers are 12-7-6 and on the road they are 11-12-3, all while scoring 123 goals and conceding 138 goals for a negative 15-goal differential (eighth worst in the league). Recent form stands at 4-4-2 and includes back-to-back losses, a 3-2 loss to the Capitals on Sunday and a 3-2 shootout loss to the Rangers the day prior.

In their last five home games, the Flyers have just one win:  4-2 win over Montreal. Losses came to the Rangers (twice), Bruins and Maple Leafs. Given this conspicuous dip in form recently, it’s not surprising some odds makers have disadvantaged the Flyers on the NHL odds board, sending them into this game as the notional underdogs at +100 (Pinnacle) or -102 (BetOnline) or -103 (Heritage). However, as mentioned above, some odds makers are hanging this matchup on on-par NHL odds with both sides trading at -110 NHL odds.


Betting Verdict
It’s clear that there is some disparity from sportsbook to sportsbook, where some are coyly refusing to determine a clear-cut favorite and others make the distinction so minimal to render it a moot point. As far as handicapping this matchup goes, therefore, it’s a complete tossup on the NHL odds board. For our money, we’re leaning towards the Ducks on the road because of recent form that stands at a convincing 8-2-0 in their last ten games. Granted they’re playing their second straight game in as many days, which can be a disadvantage, but the Flyers have been wholly inconsistent this season and look to be there for the taking. Add Ducks to your NHL picks tonight.

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