The Philadelphia Flyers are not going down without a fight. Perhaps one of the most determined, stubborn teams this season, the Flyers are laying it all on the line to reach the playoffs. If the Flyers were this ultra-talented team, with a bevy of superstars, I wouldn’t be so quick to talk about them in such a light.
Gostisbehere is a budding star on the blue line for the Flyers, but ask your casual fan if they know who he is. The future should be bright for them and that future may start soon for them. Philadelphia currently has possession of one of the wildcard spots, along with the Islanders. The Islanders lost last night and are 2 points up on the Flyers. On their heels barking is the Red Wings, who are actually tied with the Flyers points wise, but hold the tiebreaker. It is going to get real interesting the next couple of weeks. Needless to say every game is critical, in essence, a playoff in its own right.
The Coyotes have been playing just fine after getting blanked by the Lightning and Sharks. They’ve downed the Oilers and Stars their past two games. One of their biggest wins of the season coming against Dallas. The Coyotes are still statistically alive in the playoff race but are on life support. A heck of a lot of things will have to go right for them to get a taste of a wildcard. It would have been interesting if the Yotes had a healthy Mike Smith. In any event. Louis Domingue stepped up in a big way against the Stars, holding them to only 1 goal. The Stars do have one of the most talented offenses in the NHL so it was an impressive appearance for Domingue, who has had his moments this season.
What a crazy one last night in Tampa. As it was back and forth all night, a goal was scored, and then seconds later another one would follow it up. The Lightning ended up pulling away to earn a 7-4 win against the Islanders. It helped the Flyers out, now let’s see if they are able to do some damage of their own tonight in the desert.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Arizona Coyotes NHL Pick
This is a race that is going to come down to the last game. And to be completely honest, I wouldn’t mind seeing this Flyers team in the playoffs. I can say one thing, if I were a high seed I wouldn’t want to play these guys at all. Give me the Islanders instead, who have been in a big hole lately. The Flyers have gone 7-1-2 in their last ten games. They have lost just one game in regulation. Good news for them, as they earned a point in every but one game. This reminds me a little of the Senators surge at the end of the season a year ago; however, the Flyers do come off as a better team than that unit. Andrew Hammond is responsible for the Sens, here with the Flyers, it’s been a complete team effort. When a team is playing together well together at the right time, they can be difficult to slow down in the playoffs.
The Flyers have scored 3.50 goals per game in their last ten games, while allowing 2.10 goals a game on the defensive side. They are allowing only 29 shots per game. The Coyotes have been playing some good hockey as well, notching 2.60 goals per game and 1.70 goals against. In other words, the Coyotes have been playing the best defense they’ve played all year long. However, this is a series that the Flyers have thoroughly dominated, without a doubt. Note that Philadelphia have beaten the Coyotes in four straight games and are 6-1 in their last seven meetings. They throttled them on defense, scoring 17 goals for an average of 4.25 goals per game in the past four meetings. I expect a letdown for the Coyotes after taking the Stars down. Conversely, look for the Flyers to stay hungry, and exit Arizona with a win to add to their resume for the playoffs.
PICK: FLYERS TO WIN -125