Our resident NHL handicapper will preview tonight’s game between Philadelphia & Vancouver. Join us in reading his informative betting preview on this contest which concludes with a totals selection.
Flyers and Canucks Collide at Rogers Arena in Vancouver
The Vancouver Canucks entertain the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday at 10:05 PM ET. According to the NHL betting odds at Bookmaker, Vancouver is a -140 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.0. Vancouver was a 4-0 winner on the road in their only meeting of the season against the Flyers. These teams split their two encounters a season ago with the road team coming out on top each time.
Faltering down the Stretch
The Philadelphia Flyers have gone a dismal 3-8 in their previous eleven games against the money line, and that includes dropping five of the last six. The Flyers enter tonight having lost six games in a row on the road. They will be playing in their seventh game in the last eleven games when they face the Canucks this evening. Despite an offensive explosion during a 7-2 home win versus Detroit on Saturday, Philadelphia has scored two goals or less in five of their previous six games. Steve Mason will be between the pipes tonight, and the Flyers have gone a dismal 3-15 versus the money line on the road when he’s their starting goaltender.
Canucks playing on the Low Side of the Total
The Vancouver Canucks have seen each of their previous five games go under the total, and there was an average of 4.4 goals combined scored per contest. Eddie Lack has done a very nice job replacing the injured Ryan Miller in goal. Lack has been outstanding in his last four starts, going 3-1, and posting a superb .941 save percentage. Tonight will be the fourth of a five game in eleven day home stand for the Canucks that’s seen them go 2-1 thus far.
I’ve already alluded to the Vancouver Canucks recent streak of going under the total. Philadelphia has also quite frequently played on the low side of the number during the past six weeks or so. The Flyers have gone over the total in only five of their previous twenty-one games (23.8%), and that includes only two of the last ten on the road. I like a low scoring game to take place in this matchup, and one of my NHL picks for Tuesday will be reflective of just that.
NHL Pick: Play on Philadelphia/Vancouver to go Under the total of 5.0 at Bookmaker.