NHL Picks: Flyers vs. Hurricanes Sunday Betting Preview

Ross Benjamin

Sunday, October 6, 2013 2:06 PM UTC

Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 2:06 PM UTC

In a rare NHL scheduling decision, the Philadelphia Flyers travel to Carolina for their 2nd game in less than 24 hours when they meet the Hurricanes for a 5:05 p.m. ET face-off on Sunday. Who should we favor in our sports betting today?

2013-14 Stanley Cup Future Odds Update

Carolina will have the luxury of playing on 1-day of rest after opening the season at home on Friday night. According to current NHL odds, Carolina is a -125 money line favorite and the total is 5.5. The money line opened at -120 and 59% of the wagers on the money line have gone the way of Carolina thus far. The Flyers have dominated this series in recent years. Since 12/6/2008 the Flyers have won 15 of the last 17 meetings between these 2 clubs. In the last 7 meetings, these teams have seen 5 of those games go over the total with one resulting in a push. Philadelphia won all 3-games in the series last season. Who should we back in our sports betting for this match?


Flyers with no Rest

The Flyers were 4-1 losers at the Bell Centre in Montreal last night. They opened the season at home with a 3-1 loss to Toronto. The Flyers did finish last season by winning their last 4 in a row when playing with no rest. However, as a road underdog and playing with no rest the Flyers have gone 4-11 in their last 15 in that role. In those 15-games the Flyers have seen 10 go over the total and one resulting in a push.

Flyers Futility

This isn’t the start the Flyers had hoped for after failing to qualify for the playoffs last season. Philadelphia is 0-2 thus far and has been outscored 7-2. They will attempt to avoid the 0-3 start they saw last season with a win tonight. In last night’s loss Philadelphia was outshot by Montreal 34-23. They dug themselves a 3-0 deficit before Vincent Lecavalier scored his first goal as a Flyer on the power play midway through the 3rd period. Ray Emery made his first career start with the Flyers and stopped 30 of 34 shots. In all likelihood Steve Mason will be between the pipes today. Mason was in goal for the 3-1 loss in the season opener versus Toronto.

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Hurricane Warning

Carolina will be in a sour mood entering today’s game after squandering a late lead and losing their season opener at home to Detroit on Friday night 3-2 in overtime. The Hurricanes led that game 2-0 heading into the 3rd period and allowed Detroit to tie the game with just 0:17 to go in regulation time. Steven Weiss proceeded to deflect a shot past Cam Ward in overtime to complete the comeback for Detroit. Carolina was outshot in the game 38-25 and wasted a solid effort by Cam Ward in goal. Former Buffalo Sabre Nathan Gerbe scored his first goal as a Hurricane while Radek Dvorak scored the other. Justin Faulk contributed 2 assists in the loss.

Carolina coming off a Loss

The Hurricanes hope to change a recent losing trend tonight. They finished last season by losing 9 of their last 10 home games following a loss. Carolina was a dismal 5-12 overall at home last season following a defeat. The Hurricanes were a horrible 1-7 a season ago following a 1-goal loss including losing their last 7 in that role. Carolina was even worse a season ago following a home loss losing 9 of their last 10 in that role.

Final Analysis

This seems to be just too tough an assignment for the Flyers this early in the season. Playing on short rest, coming off a loss, and versus a rested team coming off a home loss isn’t an ideal situation for Flyers backers. Sticking to a theme of common sense here, my hockey pick in this game is on home favorites, the Carolina Hurricanes.

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NHL Pick: Bet the Hurricanes to win over the Flyers, -135 money line available at Ladbrokes

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