The Flyers host the Red Wings on Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with the opening puck drop scheduled for 7:05 PM ET. According to NHL betting odds, the Flyers are a -150 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5. The home team has won 17 of the last 19-games between these teams. These clubs has seen just 3 of their last 11 meetings go over the total.
The Red Wings will be without 2 of their top 3 scorers for tonight’s game. Their leading point getter, Henrik Zetterberg, will miss his second consecutive game with an upper body injury. Their 3rd leading scorer, Pavel Datsyuk, hasn’t played in close to a month after being sidelined with a groin injury. Goaltender, Jimmy Howard, has been reactivated from the injured reserve list after being sidelined by a knee injury, and is listed as questionable for tonight.
On the Road Again
This will be the Red Wings first road game since completing a 5-game in 9-day home stand. Detroit has been a more productive team on the road than at home this season. The Red Wings have gone a very respectable 14-11 versus the money line on the road this year, and have earned 31 of 48-points possible. Inexplicably, they’ve gone 9-19 versus the money line at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit this season. However, they’ve lost 3 of their last 4 on the road, and scored just 4-goals combined in those 4 contests. The Red Wins enter tonight 5th in the Atlantic Division, and tied for 8th overall in the Eastern Conference.
Philadelphia enters tonight’s game as losers of their last 4 in a row. They’re coming off a humiliating 6-1 home loss last Saturday at the hands of the Boston Bruins. The Flyers have gone over the total in 6 of their last 7-games, and have stayed under the total in just 2 of their last 12. They’ve allowed 4 goals or more in 4 of their last 5, and 6 of their last 8 games. Following tonight’s game, Philadelphia will head out on a 3-game in 5-day West Coast road trip beginning on Thursday at Anaheim. The Flyers enter today tied for 4th in the Metropolitan Division, and 9th overall in the Eastern Conference.
I don’t have a strong opinion on this game. In fact, a money line and total weren’t released by sportsbooks regarding this contest until 10:30 AM ET today. This was mostly due in part to the uncertain status of Detroit’s Jimmy Howard and Henrik Zetterberg. There will be no free NHL pick in this contest.