The NHL is set up with another great slate of games throughout December 8. Four games are up on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these matchups will be between the Philadelphia Flyers and the New Jersey Devils. These two teams have struggled early in the season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.
Philadelphia has earned a record of 8-11-4 to start out this season, which has them sitting in seventh place of the Metropolitan division. The Flyers have lost nine games in a row and will look to turn it around in this one. Philadelphia has a new coach and will look to grab a big win for him in this one. I expect the Flyers to come out fast on the road.
The Devils have put up a record of 9-9-5 to open up the season, which has them in sixth place of the Metropolitan division. New Jersey has lost four games in a row and six of their last seven. The Devils will look to turn it around with a big two points in this one. New Jersey will look to stay strong against the Flyers in this one.
These two teams have struggled early in the season and will look to grab a big win in this matchup. The Flyers have hit a wall losing nine games in a row, while New Jersey has struggled in their last stretch as well. If either team can come out fast strong on Wednesday night, it could be enough to get back on track with a win.
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Philadelphia Flyers||+1 ½ (-175)||+137||Over 6 (-107)|
|New Jersey Devils||-1 ½ (+155)||-152||Under 6 (-103)|
|Team Data||Philadelphia Flyers||New Jersey Devils|
|Away/ Home Record||4-5-2||6-4-3|
|Goals Per Game||2.43||2.87|
|Goals Per Game Away/ Home||1.73||3.15|
|Save Percentage Away/ Home||.914||.904|
- 0-3 in December
- 2-4 against division opponents
- 5-3 after non-Conference game
- 4-7 after allowing four goals or more
- 4-6 after a loss by two or more goals
- 3-3 against team with losing record
New Jersey Devils
- 0-3 in December
- 3-3 against division opponents
- 2-1 after three or more straight losses
- 3-4 against team with losing record
These two teams already met up once this season in New Jersey on November 28. Scott Laughton scored a goal and added an assist in the losing effort. Andreas Johnsson scored two goals and added two assists. Jesper Bratt had a goal and two assists. Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 23 of 25 shots in route to the 5-2 win.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) December 8, 2021
The Flyers have struggled on special teams early in the season. Philadelphia has scored on 10 of their 70 power play attempts, which is a 14.3 percent power play. The Flyers have given up 15 goals on their opponents 74 power play chances, which is a 79.7 percent kill rate. Philadelphia is 27th on the man advantage and 22nd on the penalty kill.
New Jersey has struggled on the power play, but have been strong on the power play. The Devils have capitalized on 8 of their 61 power play opportunities, which is a 13.1 percent success rate. New Jersey has killed off 62 of their 77 penalties against, which is an 80.5 percent penalty kill. The Devils are 31st on the power play and 20th on the kill.
Both teams have struggled heavily on the power play this season, but New Jersey has a slight edge on the penalty kill. Philadelphia’s power play has been a bit better, but still has struggled heavily. If either team can step up and get a power play goal in this matchup, it could be enough for the win on Wednesday night.
I expect Carter Hart to get the start in the crease for Philadelphia in this one. Hart has earned a record of 5-7-3 throughout his 15 starts on the season. He has posted a save percentage of .911 and a 2.95 GAA in those outings. Hart finished with 10 saves on 15 shots in his last loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning, which was not enough for the win.
Mackenzie Blackwood will likely get the nod in net for the Devils on Wednesday night. Blackwood has started in 11 games this season, going 4-3-3 in those matchups. He has put up a .907 save percentage and a GAA of 3.07 in those games. Blackwood’s last start was against the Ottawa Senators. He stopped 21 of 23 shots in the shootout loss.
These two goalies have been solid early in the season and will look for a big win in this one. Hart has struggled heavily as of late, losing five straight starts. Blackwood is coming off a shootout loss in his last matchup and has lost four in a row. If either goalie can control the pace of play in this one, it could be enough for the win in this matchup.
These two teams have struggled heavily as of late and will look for a big win in this one. The Flyers have lost nine games in a row, but will look to turn it around with a big win on Wednesday night. I think Philadelphia can grab a big win in this one. The Flyers have the better goalie and after losing to New Jersey earlier in the season, I think they will come out faster.
BetOnline has New Jersey listed as a -152 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Devils will win this game around 60.3 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with both teams struggling. As big underdogs in this one, I really like the value on Philadelphia. I think the Flyers can finally turn this losing streak around.