One of the dilemmas of betting moneylines in hockey is deciding when a team like the Flyers goes on an extended winning streak, do you jump on board and hope to catch or few winners or not? Here's your answer on Philly.
Or, to answer the above question, do you go all Jason Bourne and take stabs at when they will finally lose and you can say you "called it" and beat the NHL odds?
Philadelphia have won seven in a row entering the weekend to go from a pedestrian 9-10-3 to 16-10-3 and near the top of the Metropolitan Division. What has caused this seismic shift and how long can it continue?
The driving force all year for the Flyers has been their offense, which is the third-best in the league at 3.2 goals a game. Leading the way is top point producers Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and leading scorer Wayne Simmonds. Philadelphia has great depth in its offense, with 10 players already have 10 or more points.
Another factor is tremendous special teams play, as the Flyers have the No. 2 power-play percentage in the league at 23.6. However, because of their offensive pressure, they lead the NHL in shot attempts and goals with a man advantage and have generated 24.7 percent more shots on goal than the median league-wide average.
In looking to make NHL picks at Intertops (A-rated) or some other sportsbook, you have to know the rest of this month that Philadelphia will be on the road in six of nine games, so this streak will end soon. The Flyers are respectable 6-6 SU away from Wells Fargo Center and their offense remains at a high level. But the defense really falls off, going from 2.88 goals allowed (at home) to 3.42 on the road.
Probably best to sit this one out in NHL betting and wish you would have climbed on board the Flyers' bandwagon sooner.