The St. Louis Blues arrive in Philadelphia looking to add a seventh straight loss to the Flyers’ resume. Both teams have struggled mightily this season, so call it the letdown bowl in Philadelphia on Monday. There weren’t expectations of a Stanley Cup or anything, but the drop off has been felt in St. Louis and Philadelphia.
Especially the Blues, who were not that far from doing something in the Ken Hitchcock era. It’s felt like the Blues have been going downhill since Hitchcock was fired as the bench in St. Louis. They were stationary with Hitchcock, but be careful what you wish for. Mike Yeo was fired back in November and not much has changed with Craig Berube.
The Flyers can sympathize with the Blues. They’ve gone through the same thing this season, with the head coach they had going into the season without a job right now. Dave Hakstol was canned after an abysmal start to the season. And the same deal with their interim head coach.
Scott Gordon hasn’t done anything either, so it’s been a lot of the same for the Blues and Flyers. The Blues enter with losses in three of their last four games. The win came against the Capitals, 5-2, in St. Louis. This will be their first trip on the road since December 22nd against the Flames. The Flyers don’t have a win in their last six games. A shootout win over the Rangers on December 23rd is the date of their last win. The Blues enter at 16-19-3, while the Flyers are 15-20-6. Suck for Hughes? It’s certainly looking like they’ll both be in the Jack Hughes sweepstakes in the second-half. Head below for our free Blues vs. Flyers pick.
St. Louis Blues vs. Philadelphia Flyers Pick
The Blues will sit Jake Allen down tonight, while opting to see what rookie Jake Binnington can do in his first ever NHL start. Allen allowed 3 goals in the 3rd period to blow their lead against the Islanders. The result was a 4-3 win for the Isles on Saturday. Ugly loss for the Blues, but they’ve gotten used to it in the 2018-19 campaign. Their recent win against the Predators holds up a lot more than what the Flyers have done recently, though.
With nothing to lose, we’ll see what Binnington can come up with between the pipes. This will be his first start in the NHL, but he has made two appearances with the Blues in relief duty. It didn’t really go his way, as he posted a 3.53 GAA and 0.84 save percentage against the Flames and Penguins. Binnington allowed 4 goals on 25 shots in his limited time on the ice. He is already 25 years old, so he’s been waiting to make his debut for a few years. Allen holds a 3.07 GAA and 0.898 save percentage so there isn’t much to lose for the Blues.
The Blues have been less than adequate on the road this season, with a record of 6-7-2 and just 2.27 goals scored per game. They’ve allowed 2.8 goals per game defensively. The Flyers have gone just 7-9-3 at home, so they haven’t been much better.
However, the offence has been better with 2.74 goals per game. Carter Hart is expected to get the start against the Blues tonight. It will be rookie against rookie, though Hart has gotten his feet wet with six games already. He holds a 2.80 GAA and 0.901 save percentage. He was outstanding in his first start ever, but is hoping that his opponent, Binnington, will falter in his debut. The Blues have gone just 1-4 in their last five trips to Philadelphia. Facing seven losses in a row, I like the Flyers to finally get some positive results on Monday against the Blues.