The Philadelphia Flyers head into Saturday feeling pretty good. They’re on a three-game winning streak, and winners in four of their last contests. In all of their wins, they scored at least 4 goals with an average of over 5 per game. There isn’t a team in the NHL who is as hot and cold as the Flyers. One week they look like a last place team, and other weeks they look ready to go on a playoff run.
The past few games it’s been the playoff Flyers. There were some good teams in there too, with wins against the Lightning, Islanders, Blues, and Sabres. The Sabres not so much, but the other three are good wins. They sport a record of 19-15-5 which is just about where we’d expect them to be. Conversely, the Flyers catch a Devils team with five straight losses. They left Jersey and things went a bit haywire.
The Devils didn’t win a game on their four-game road trip. They did pick up 3 points, though, which came in a couple of shootouts and overtime. They’re still in good shape with a record of 22-11-4 despite the winless stretch. Along with the Jets and Knights, the Devils are in a group of teams that are exceeding pre-season expectations.
Taylor Hall looks like he’s having fun again and happy to be out of Edmonton. It’s difficult to say how the Devils, Jets, and Knights are going to react in the second-half of the season. Could this four-game losing streak be a preview of more to come? There was certainly expected to be some regression from a team who started so hot. We’re still waiting for the Golden Knights to hit their losing skid, though. It’s two teams with streaks going in opposite directions tonight. Head below for our free Flyers vs. Devils pick for Saturday in the NHL.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. N.J. Devils Pick
Before a stretch of 4-1-0, the Flyers lost three of four. And then going back a bit further, they lost ten straight before winning six in a row. There hasn’t been any consistency to their game this season, but at least they saved their season after going on that ten-game losing streak. If they were just average in those ten outings, it would have helped out immensely right now with respects to being a team who may or may not have a chance at the playoffs down the road. They’ve been a mediocre team, with 2.93 goals per game, 15th in the league, and 16th with 2.83 goals allowed per game. Brian Elliott has been average in net as well, with a 2.74 GAA and 0.91 save percentage. They hold a record of 8-7-2 on the road. The Flyers have been all over the place, but they always ultimately revert to the mean.
The Devils had an extended break following their road trip. The last time they played was on January 7th, a 5-4 overtime loss to the Isles. Prior to their losing streak, they won five in a row. So, giveth and taketh away. They should be well rested for this one, as they finally get back home on Saturday. The Devils have gone 11-4-0 over the Flyers in their last fifteen matchups at home. They should be able to come out fresh and get a win on home ice tonight, snapping their drought and ending the Flyers’ winning streak.
PICK: DEVILS (-120)