The NHL is set up with another great slate of games throughout December 10. Seven games are up on the board throughout Friday night. One of these matchups will be between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Vegas Golden Knights. These two teams have had opposite starts to the season, but will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 10:00 PM Eastern time.
Philadelphia has earned a record of 8-12-4 to start out this season, which has them sitting in seventh place of the Metropolitan division. The Flyers have lost ten games in a row and will look to get back in the win column on the road. Philadelphia has fallen far out of the playoff picture. The Flyers will look to come out fast on the road.
The Golden Knights have put up a record of 15-10-0 to open up the season, which has them in fourth place of the Pacific division. Vegas has won three games in a row and will look to remain hot with a win in this one. The Golden Knights have been up and down throughout this season, but will look to get into a rhythm in this one. I expect Vegas to come out hot at home.
These two teams are on opposite streaks as of late, but will both look for the two points in this one. The Flyers have struggled a bit as of late and will look to finally get in the win column. Vegas will look to shut them down though. If either team can come out fast on Friday night, it could be enough for the win in this matchup.
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Philadelphia Flyers||+1 ½ (-120)||+205||Over 5 ½ (-134)|
|Vegas Golden Knights||-1 ½ (+100)||-230||Under 5 ½ (+122)|
|Team Data||Philadelphia Flyers||Vegas Golden Knights|
|Away/ Home Record||4-6-2||9-5-0|
|Goals Per Game||2.33||3.40|
|Goals Per Game Away/ Home||1.58||3.29|
|Save Percentage Away/ Home||.912||.904|
- 0-4 in December
- 1-2 on Friday night
- 5-4 in non-Conference game
- 1-5 after division game
- 4-7 after a loss by two or more goals
- 4-11 when playing team with winning record
Vegas Golden Knights
- 3=1 in December
- 2-1 on Friday night
- 4-4 in non-Conference game
- 5-4 after allowing four goals or more
- 5-5 after scoring four goals or more
- 8-3 against team with losing record
These two teams last met up in the 2019-20 season. Michael Raffl had a goal and two assists in the first meeting to help lead the Flyers to a 6-2 win. Max Pacioretty had two goals in the second matchup to help give Vegas a 5-4 win at home. The Flyers will look to earn a win on the road in this season series as they try to get back on track.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) December 9, 2021
The Flyers have struggled on special teams early on the season. Philadelphia has capitalized on 10 of their 72 power play chances, which is a 13.9 percent power play. The Flyers have killed off 16 of their opponents 77 power play attempts, which is a 79.2 percent kill rate. Philadelphia is 29th on the man advantage and 22nd on the penalty kill.
Vegas has struggled on the power play, but have a solid penalty kill this season. The Golden Knights have scored on 8 of their 59 power play opportunities, which is a 13.6 percent success rate. Vegas has given up 14 power play goals on 71 penalties against, which is an 80.3 percent penalty kill. The Golden Knights are 30th on the power play and 21st on the kill.
These two teams have not been great on the power play, but have solid penalty kills early in the season. Both teams will look to get going on special teams in this matchup. The Golden Knights have a slight edge on the penalty kill, while Philadelphia’s power play has been a bit better. If either team can score on the man advantage, it could be enough for the win.
I expect Carter Hart to get the start in the crease for Philadelphia in this one. Hart has earned a record of 5-8-3 throughout his 16 starts on the season. He has posted a .911 save percentage and a GAA of 2.90 in those starts. Hart’s last start was against the New Jersey Devils. He finished with 24 saves on 26 shots, but it was not enough for the win.
Robin Lehner will likely get the nod in the net for the Golden Knights on Friday night. Lehner has started in 20 games, going 10-9-0 in those matchups. He has put up a save percentage of .906 and a 3.11 GAA in those games. Lehner finished 7 saves on 10 shots in his last start against the Dallas Stars, which got him pulled early on.
These two goalies have been solid early in the season and will look for a big win in this one. Hart has lost six games in a row and will look to turn it around. Lehner will look to get going quickly in this one after getting pulled his last time out. If either goalie can control the pace quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win.
These two teams have had opposite starts to the season and will look for a big win in this one. The Flyers have the better goalie and match up well with Vegas on special teams. Philadelphia has struggled to get going as of late, but I think they can finally earn a win in this one. I expect the Flyers to come out much faster in this one to finally grab the victory.
BetOnline has Vegas listed as a -230 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Golden Knights will win this game around 69.7 percent of the time. I think that this line should be much smaller with Philadelphia matching up well with the Golden Knights. As huge underdogs in this one, I really like the value on the Flyers.