New Jersey Devils vs Philadelphia Flyers NHL Pick – December 14

The NHL is set up with another great slate of games throughout December 14. Thirteen games are up on the board throughout Tuesday night. One of these games are between the New Jersey Devils and the Philadelphia Flyers. These two teams have struggled early in the season, but will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.

New Jersey has earned a record of 10-11-5 throughout this season, which has them sitting in sixth place of the Metropolitan division. The Devils have fallen far out of the playoff picture, but will look to get back on track. New Jersey has lost two games in a row and six of their last seven. The Devils will look to come out fast on the road.

The Flyers have put up a record of 10-12-4 to start out the season, which has them in seventh place of the Metropolitan division. Philadelphia has won two games in a row, but had lost ten games in a row before that. The Flyers will look to build on that winning streak in this one. I expect Philadelphia to come out quickly at home in this one.

These two teams have been struggling early in the season and will look for a big win in this one. The Devils have struggling as of late, while Philadelphia has finally picked up their play after a long losing streak. The Flyers will look to build on it with a win. If either team can grab an early lead in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
New Jersey Devils +1 ½ (-215) +110 Over 5 ½ (-118)
Philadelphia Flyers -1 ½ (+185) -121 Under 5 ½ (+107)

 

Team Data New Jersey Devils Philadelphia Flyers
Overall Record 10-11-5 10-12-4
Away/ Home Record 3-6-2 4-6-2
Goals Per Game 2.81 2.50
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 2.81 3.08
Save Percentage .899 .905
Save Percentage Away/ Home .887 .895

Betting Trends

New Jersey Devils

  • 1-5 in December
  • 2-3 on Tuesday nights
  • 1-3 when playing on two days rest
  • 4-4 against division opponents
  • 1-6 after a division game
  • 4-7 after allowing four or more goals
  • 4-5 against team with losing record

Philadelphia Flyers

  • 2-4 in December
  • 2-1 on Tuesday nights
  • 3-3 when playing on two days rest
  • 2-5 against division opponents
  • 6-4 after non-Conference game
  • 4-2 after scoring four or more goals
  • 4-4 when playing team with losing record

These two teams have met up twice throughout the season. The first game was on November 28 in New Jersey. Andreas Johnsson had two goals and two assists and Jesper Bratt had a goal and two assists as the Devils won 5-2. Bratt added a goal and an assist in the second meeting on December 8. Mackenzie Blackwood stopped all 25 shots he faced in route to a 3-0 win for New Jersey.

Special Teams

The Devils have struggled on special teams early in the season. New Jersey has scored on 9 of their 71 power play opportunities, which is a 12.7 percent power play. The Devils have given up 17 power play goals on 83 penalties against, which is a 79.5 percent kill rate. New Jersey is 31st on the power play and 21st on the kill this season.

Philadelphia has struggled on the power play this season, but their penalty kill is solid. The Flyers have capitalized on 13 of their 78 power play chances, which is a 16.7 percent success rate. Philadelphia has killed off 67 of their opponents 85 power play attempts, which is an 80 percent penalty kill. The Flyers are 24th on the man advantage and 18th on the penalty kill.

The Flyers have been better on special teams early in the season and will look for the win in this one. New Jersey will look to get their power play going in this one. The Devils have the lone power play goal in the first two meetings, but Philadelphia had a shorthanded goal. If either team can get a power paly goal in this one, it could be enough for a win.

Goaltending Comparison

Mackenzie Blackwood will likely get the start in net for New Jersey on Tuesday night. Blackwood has started in 13 games this season, going 5-4-3 in those starts. He has posted a .911 save percentage and a GAA of 2.84 in those games. Blackwood finished with 24 saves on 27 shots in his last start against the Nashville Predators, which was not enough for the win.

I expect Carter Hart to get the nod in the crease for the Flyers in this one. Hart has earned a record of 6-8-3 throughout his 17 games this season. He has put up a save percentage of .913 and a 2.91 GAA in those outings. Hart’s last start was against the Vegas Golden Knights. He stopped 41 of 44 shots in the winning effort.

These two goalies have been solid early in the season. Hart has the better stats on the season, but Blackwood has the better record. Hart is coming off the better start as well and will look to build on it in this one. If either goalie can dominate in net quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win on Tuesday night.

Pick Overview

The Flyers have picked up their play recently as of late and will look to grab another two points in this one. New Jersey has knocked off Philadelphia twice early in the season, but I think that the Flyers can earn a win at home. Philadelphia is better than their record implies and I think that they will avoid a sweep against the Devils.

BetOnline has the Flyers listed as a -121 against the money line in this one. This implies that Philadelphia will win this game around 54.8 percent of the time. I think that this line could be bigger with the Flyers at home. It is hard to sweep a team in the season series. As slight favorites in this one, I think Philadelphia has really good value.

The Bet
Philadelphia Flyers
-121
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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