Flyers vs. Sharks NHL Picks: Predicting Low Scoring at "The Tank"

David Lawrence

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 12:28 PM GMT

The San Jose Sharks are in a tough position. Will they be able to get their season back on track with a win over the visiting Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night? Check our NHL pick inside.

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NHL Pick: Under 5 
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

 

Momentum
San Jose has been one of the strangest teams in the NHL all season and that has certainly been the case of late. They followed up a 5-3 comeback win over the rival Los Angeles Kings with a brutal 6-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night. The Sharks are 3-5-2 over their last 10 games but the more concerning numbers has to be their record playing in their own building as they are 4-10-0 on home ice this season.

The Flyers are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday but they have gone 5-3-2 over their last 10 games. They are just a game below .500 in road games this season. Consistency at the offensive end has been a major problem for a Philadelphia team that ranks 29th in the NHL with an average of just 2.1 goals per game this season, so scoring should be at a premium for them in this game.

 

Projected Starting Goalies
Philadelphia ranks 19th in the NHL in goals allowed per game with an average of 2.7 against per game but that number would probably be better if Michal Neuvirth and Steve Mason got a little more help from the team in front of them. There has been no confirmation on which goalie will start for the Flyers on Wednesday but Neuvirth has been the better of the two this season with a solid .937 save percentage. He could be the more likely starter after Mason gave up four goals in Sunday’s loss to Anaheim.

Meanwhile, Martin Jones should be back between the pipes for San Jose as they continue to try to get the most out of their new No. 1 goaltender. Jones is 15-11-2 with a 2.49 GAA and .912 save percentage this season. The Sharks need him to be at his best the rest of the way as they continue to battle for a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

 

Outlook
Joe Pavelski has been an absolute beast for the Sharks up front while the additions of Joel Ward and strong play of Patrick Marleau has helped San Jose remain in the top 10 in NHL scoring this season. Consistency at the offensive end of the ice was a major issue for the Sharks last season but they have been better in that area this year. When Jones is on his game, they are tough to beat.

Meanwhile, it’s hard to explain why the Flyers have had so much trouble scoring goals this season but they have remained committed to playing a more complete two-way game and the depth behind Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek up front is questionable at best. San Jose has really struggled on home ice this season but that has to change eventually.

Instead of going with a side for our NHL picks here, we’re going to look at the total. Under looks like the right play on the NHL odds as the Flyers score just 2.22 on the road this season, which is 24th in the NHL. Meanwhile, the Sharks score just 2.29 goals per game at home, which ranks them 25th in that category. Take the under.