Nationwide Arena is playing host to an intriguing clash as the Columbus Blue Jackets welcome the visiting Philadelphia Flyers. NBC Sports Network will air this Metro Division matchup, and the puck drops at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 27.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Odds
The money line for each team is currently set at an identical -110 and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The odds for betting the total sit at -105 money on the over and -115 on the under.
Philadelphia is 12-12 straight up (SU) and has earned 0.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. 13 of its contests have gone under the total, while 11 have gone over and none have pushed. The Flyers are 5-7 SU as a road team in 2019-20.
Philadelphia has converted on 19.8 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. Its penalty kill is ranked fifth overall, and it has successfully killed off 85.9 percent of its penalties.
For the team as a whole, Philadelphia has been sent to the penalty box just 3.3 times per game in the 2019-20 season, 3.2 per game over its last five outings total, and 3.2 per game over its last five on the road. The team’s had to kill penalties just 5.6 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Sporting a .900 save percentage and 20.3 saves per game, Carter Hart (7-9-3) has been the top option in goal for Philadelphia this year. If it chooses to rest him, however, the team could go with Brian Elliott (5-7-2), who has a .913 save percentage and 2.75 goals against average this year.
Travis Konecny and Sean Couturier will both lead the way for the visiting Flyers. Konecny (23 points) is up to eight goals and 15 assists, and has recorded multiple points five times. Couturier has seven goals and 11 assists to his name (and has notched at least one point in 13 games).
Columbus is 10-13 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.2 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 13 of its games have gone under the total, while nine have gone over and just one has pushed. It’s 7-6 SU as the home team this year.
Columbus has converted on 19.5 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 19th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 80.3 percent of all opponent power plays.
The Blue Jackets have been penalized only 3.2 times per game this season, 2.6 per game over their last five contests total, and 2.6 per game over their last five at home. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays just 6.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Joonas Korpisalo (25.6 saves per game) has been the top choice in goal for Columbus. Korpisalo has 10 wins, eight losses, and one overtime loss and has maintained a mediocre 2.86 goals against average and a subpar .902 save percentage this season.
The Jackets offense will be led by Pierre-Luc Dubois (10 goals, seven assists).
Philadelphia Flyers at Columbus Blue Jackets Free Picks
Pick: SU Winner – Blue Jackets, O/U – Over
For both of these clubs, the total has gone over in three of their last five matches.
Two offenses that have pounded opposing nets with shots, Philadelphia has taken the league’s seventh-most shots on goal (33.7) and Columbus’s attempted the 10th-most (33.1).
The Flyers are 4-9 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 7-11 when they’re in the penalty box for fewer than 10 minutes, total.
Five of Philadelphia’s past 10 outings have been decided by a shootout. The team is 2-3 in those games and 3-5 overall in shootouts this season.
Columbus has created 6.2 takeaways per game over its last five home games, a drop-off from its season average of 7.0 takeaways per game (ranked 20th).
Philadelphia skaters have averaged 6.0 takeaways per game over its last five road games, a drop-off from its season average of 7.0 takeaways per game (ranked 21st in the NHL).