Flyers’ Goals Will Fall Like November Rain On Kings in LA

Jimmy Murphy

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 4:49 PM UTC

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018 4:49 PM UTC

The Los Angeles Kings have become the peasants of the West and the NHL and the Philadelphia Flyers will be the latest team to feast on the last place Kings in LA. Take the puck line and the over in this interconference tilt.

Murphy: 20-17-2

Philadelphia (5-7-0, 5-7 ATS) at Los Angeles (3-7-1, 3-8 ATS)Thursday 10:30 PM ETFree NHL Picks: Flyers ML and OverBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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When the Los Angeles Kings signed Ilya Kovalchuk last July, they thought they had added the final piece to bring their team back into Stanley Cup contention. While Kovalchuk hasn’t disappointed and leads the team in points with 8 and is tied with Tyler Toffoli and Anze Kopitar for the team lead in goals with 3 lamplighters, Los Angeles management clearly overestimated the team they were adding the Russian star to. The Kings have stumbled out to a 3-7-1 start and heading into this game with the Flyers, were mired in last place in the Western Conference and tied for last in the NHL overall with the Florida Panthers with both teams earning just 7 points so far. LA has not caught up to the speed of the current NHL and that’s been painfully clear one month into the 2018-19 NHL season. Unfortunately for head coach John Stevens, he, like all coaches do, will likely pay the price for management’s mistakes. Stevens enters this game at 4-1 odds to be the first NHL head coach fired this season.

While the Kings and Flyers both came into this season at +2600 to win the Stanley Cup and can now both be had at +4000 over at BetOnline, the Flyers are trending up in the big picture with way more young, skilled and fast players on the way and some like Travis Konecny, Nolan Patrick and Oscar Lindblom up front and Robert Hagg, Ivan Provorov and Travis Sanheim on the blue line. Yes, they’re only 5-7-0 but they’ve been riddled with injuries and as is always the case in Philadelphia, have not gotten dependable goaltending. Unlike the Kings’ veteran stars -- other than Kovalchuk -- the Flyers core is delivering with the likes of Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux leading the way. Philly took the first game of their current 4-game roadie that takes them through Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Jose and Arizona, with a 3-2 win at Anaheim Tuesday and they should make it two straight in LA, and they should light it up with Kings starter Jonathan Quick on injured reserve.

The Flyers are 5-7 against the spread and 3-3 on the road. Philly has scored 35 goals and allowed 48 (hence my over pick). They’re 8-4-0 on the over/under and 4-2-0 on the road. The Flyers are 4-8 on the puck line and 3-3 on the road.

Giroux leads the team in points with 13 and assists with 10 helpers. Voracek is right behind him with 9 assists and 12 points. Wayne Simmonds leads his team in goals with 6 lamplighters. Hagg leads the blue line with 2 goals and 4 assists for 6 points.

The Kings come in at 3-8 against the spread and 2-3 at home. LA has scored 22 goals and allowed 39. They’re 5-5-1 on the over/under and 4-1-0 at home. The Kings are 4-7 on the puck line and 2-3 at home.

As mentioned above Kovalchuk leads the team in points and is tied for the lead in goals. Defenseman Drew Doughty leads the team in assists with 7 helpers.

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That pass....That finish! #PHIvsANA | #LetsGoFlyers pic.twitter.com/s8YxAffXgA

— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) October 31, 2018
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Goaltending Match-Up
  • For the visiting Flyers Brian Elliott is 3-5-0 with a 3.23 GAA and .889 save percentage.
  • Backup Michal Neuvirth recently returned from injury and is 1-0-1 with a 6.00 GAA and .727 save percentage. He is the likely starter in LA.
  • For the Kings, Jack Campbell is the interim starter while Quick is out. Campbell is 3-4-0 with a 2.72 GAA and .912 save percentage.
M*A*S*H Report
  • For the Flyers, forward Michael Raffl (lower-body injury) is out 3-5 weeks.
  • Forward James van Riemsdyk is out at least two more weeks with a lower body injury.
  • Defenseman Samuel Morin (knee) is on the injured reserve and is out indefinitely.
  • Forward Corban Knight is on injured reserve with an upper body injury.
  • Forward Pascal Laberge is on injured reserve and recovering from hip surgery.
  • For the Kings, Quick is week-to-week with a lower body injury.
  • Forward Gabriel Vilardi is week-to-week with a back injury.
  • Forward Jonny Brodzinski is on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

Prediction: Flyers 5, Kings 4

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