Tonight we witness what is already a third meeting this season between Ottawa and Philadelphia. The Flyers look in good shape to continue to their domination from the previous meetings last month.
Home woes are currently blighting the Sens with a run of only one success in six, which started with a 5-0 hiding from tonight's opponents. They're at least entertaining, even if it's not always to their own benefit, with only one of their games since the start of November containing fewer than five goals scored.
Philadelphia’s Jake Voracek had almost a point a game last season but the team's steady improvement hasn't been reflected in his own fortunes. However, two of the Czech's three goals this season have come against Ottawa so this might be the opportunity he needs.
Elsewhere for the Flyers, Steve Downie has made a real impression since being acquired and Sean Couturier is adding some extra scoring to his excellent two-way play. They might be unpredictable on the road but I think that makes odds of 2.85 for Philadelphia great value to sweep the season fixtures over the ailing Senators.
It’s nine games without a victory now for the New York Islanders and under pressure coach Jack Capuano must be dreading visiting Anaheim, who will be buoyed by not only their superb home record but also by their recent successes.
After topping Chicago on Friday in a shoot-out, the Ducks flew out of the blocks against St Louis a day later and held firm on a big early lead to seize an eventual 5-2 victory.
Power-play goals in three straight games looks like another streak the Ducks can extend, as New York sit dead last in penalty killing efficiency. The Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf added the one last time out and has a 12 game individual roll going.
It's clear that the Isles' defensive corps aren’t cutting it right now, with top pairing Andrew MacDonald and Travis Hamonic unable to be out there enough. A greater portion of responsibility for their 30th ranked goals-against rests with the goalies though, as no other team has a lower combined save percentage from their net-minders.
Evgeni Nabokov is still injured but when healthy he was no better. I can't look past this getting very ugly indeed. Take an Anaheim win for sure but I'd even go as far as the -2.5 handicap for 3.50.
Philadelphia Flyers to win at 2.85
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