Chicago Blackhawks Travel to Philadelphia to Face the Flyers
The Chicago Blackhawks will head to the Wells Fargo Center to take on the Philadelphia Flyers in a non-conference matchup. This will be the first of two games against one another this season and should be an interesting game.
The Chicago Blackhawks are seventh in the Central Division (19-27-8, 46 points) and are coming off a 4-0 home loss against the St Louis Blues. The Philadelphia Flyers are last in the Metropolitan Division (16-27-10, 42 points) and are coming off a 3-0 home loss to the Edmonton Oilers.
Both teams have some solid players on their roster in right wingers Patrick Kane and Cam Atkinson. Let’s dive into both franchises to figure out on who should we be placing our bets on!
Game Preview: Chicago Blackhawks at Philadelphia Flyers March 5th
Neither team has been a huge threat offensively as the Blackhawks are scoring 2.43 goals on 28.7 shot attempts while the Flyers are averaging 2.47 goals on 30.6 shot attempts this season. Left winger Alex DeBrincat has been the most dominant scorer for either team so far but has not scored a single goal in the last four games.
He has scored 29 goals this season (11 on the power play), while right winger Cam Atkinson for the Flyers has scored 18 goals (two on the power play).
The defense has been a different story as neither team is stopping at a decent level. Chicago is giving up 3.39 goals on 32.1 shot attempts, while Philadelphia is allowing 3.40 goals on 33.6 shot attempts.
Both teams are doing relatively well killing penalties as the Blackhawks have allowed 38 power play goals while the Flyers are giving up 37 power play goals, so they need to step up and dominate more often if these teams want to climb the standings here.
Chicago Blackhawks at Philadelphia Flyers Betting Prediction
The major difference between both teams is the ability to score the puck as the Blackhawks are scoring 3.33 goals in their last three games while the Flyers are averaging 1.8 goals in their previous five games this season.
A huge reason why is the ability to score on the power play as Chicago is 16th with a 20.4 power play percentage while Philly is 30th with a 13.8 power play percentage. These teams are hovering around .500 in terms of their against the spread record as Chicago is 26-28 while Philadelphia is 26-26 so far.
We should be in for an exciting match. All in all, go with the Chicago Blackhawks to cover the puck line on the road, as they are definitely the better team in this matchup.
* All odds provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.
**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.