A pair of teams that’ve positioned themselves squarely in playoff contention, the Philadelphia Flyers and the St. Louis Blues face off at the Enterprise Center. The action gets going at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 15, and fans at home are able to view this East-West matchup live on NBC Sports Network.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. St. Louis Blues Odds
Playing the role of big favorite will be St. Louis (-175), whereas Philadelphia is a dog offering moneyline odds of +155. If you want to put some action on the matchup’s Over/Under (O/U) total, you’ll be looking at -115 for over 6 goals and +-105 for under under..
The Blues are 30-17 straight up (SU) and have earned moneyline bettors 9.4 units this season. That winning percentage, ranked second in the league in this young season, is an improvement over the 45-37 record from the 2018-19 season campaign. Out of its 47 regular season matches, 24 of them have gone under the total, while 23 have gone over and none have pushed. The team’s 17-7 SU at home this season.
St. Louis has converted on 25.7 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that places them in the top-5 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is rated 11th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.4 percent of all penalties.
As a collective unit, St. Louis has been penalized just 3.3 times per game overall this season, and 2.6 per game over its last five at home. The team’s had to kill penalties for just 8.2 minutes per game over its last 10 matchups, in total.
Averaging 26.9 saves per game with a .917 save percentage, Jordan Binnington (22-11-4) has been the top goalkeeper for the Blues this year. If they decide to give him the evening off, however, the team might roll with Jake Allen (8-8-8 record, .926 save percentage, 2.27 goals against average).
David Perron and Brayden Schenn will both lead the offensive attack for the Blues. Perron (46 points) has put up 20 goals and 26 assists and has recorded multiple points in nine different games this year. Schenn has 17 goals and 23 assists to his name and has recorded a point in 30 games.
In the other locker room, Philadelphia is 24-22 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 1.3 units this year. A total of 24 of its outings have gone over the total, while 21 have gone under the total and just one has pushed. Philadelphia’s 9-15 SU as the road team this season.
Philadelphia has converted on 18.8 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 13th overall and it’s successfully killed off 82.0 percent of all penalties.
Philadelphia’s players have been penalized 3.3 times per game this season, 3.8 per game over their past five games total, and 3.0 per game over their last five games as the visiting team. The team’s been forced to kill penalties just 6.6 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Carter Hart (.905 save percentage and 2.61 goals against average) has been the main option in goal for Philadelphia. Hart is averaging 22.1 saves per game and owns a 15-17-3 record.
Sean Couturier (13 goals, 26 assists) has been one of the top playmaking threats for the visiting Flyers.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. St. Louis Blues Free Picks
Free Pick: SU Winner – Blues, O/U – Over
St. Louis is 0-3 in games that go to shootout. Philadelphia is 5-5 in shootouts.
For both of these teams, the game went over the total in three of their last five matchups.
St. Louis has scored 3.2 goals per game overall this season, but is averaging 4.3 per contest in its past four games (the team is a perfect 4-0 SU during that streak).
Four of Philadelphia’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 1-3 in those games.
Philadelphia skaters recorded 21.4 hits per game last season, while the Blue Notes accounted for 22.5 hits per contest.