The Philadelphia Flyers land in Las Vegas looking to quickly put an ugly performance in Los Angeles behind them. The Flyers were in LA on New Year’s Eve and things got out of hand early. LA struck early and often, as they went into the first intermission with a 4-0 lead. The Flyers were able to respond to at least make the score look respectable, but the Kings held on for a 5-3 win.
It’s the second shoddy performance against a team from the area in three games. The Flyers began their road trip in San Jose on Saturday night and got a rude welcome to California in a 6-1 loss. It looked a lot like their effort against the Kings at the Staples Center on New Year’s Eve. The Flyers were able to bounce back after the loss in San Jose, as they recorded a 2-1 win in overtime.
The Flyers head into Las Vegas with a respectable record of 22-13-5 and 49 points. They’d be 2nd and a point behind the Golden Knights if they played in the Pacific, but they’re stuck playing in the hyper competitive Metropolitan in the Eastern Conference. 49 points in their division only gets them to 5th place.
The Flyers have to deal with the Hurricanes, Penguins, Islanders, and Capitals. Conversely, the biggest threat to the Golden Knights right now is a Coyotes team who would consider this season a win if they go to the playoffs. Who knows if the Flames or Oilers are ever going to wake up and go on a run.
Vegas haven’t been able to separate themselves from the pack, but at 22-15-6, they have to be feeling really good about being in 1st place with 50 points. That wouldn’t go very far in the Metropolitan. The Golden Knights have looked much better recently after a bad loss in Anaheim against the Ducks. They got behind because of a 5-on-3 and couldn’t recover. Things went differently against the Ducks at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday afternoon, though. Head below for our free Flyers vs. Golden Knights pick.
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Carter Hart got the nod in the road trip opener against the Sharks on Saturday. That was a disaster, as Hart struggled between the pipes and his defence let him down. It wasn’t all his fault. There were some where he had to be better in the crease, though. Poor puck control resulted in the 6th goal, as Patrick Marleau chipped in a juicy rebound just laying there.
The Sharks weren’t trying to pour it on, but Marleau had to take advantage of the free goal. Brian Elliott got the nod on New Year’s Eve, and it was the same result. Elliott was shaky early, ultimately getting him pulled for Hart. Hart ultimately allowed a goal on 14 shots, though he gave his team a fighting chance at a comeback.
Elliott has typically been the better option for the Flyers on the road. It’s largely been a struggle for Hart, as he wishes every game was played at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Note that Hart owns a terrific 1.49 GAA and 0.947 save percentage in Philadelphia. However, somebody must be changing spots with Hart on the road, because his numbers fall significantly in visiting arenas. He has posted a 3.71 GAA and 0.855 save percentage in 13 appearances on the road, which included 10 starts. The Flyers as a group have gotten pummeled for 3.62 goals against on the road this season. LA was able to take advantage of this fact and jumped on Philadelphia early.
The Golden Knights have started to heat up offensively, so the Flyers have to find a way to get a better defensive effort tonight at T-Mobile. Vegas has scored at least 3 goals dating back to December 13th against the Stars in Dallas. Since that momentum boost versus a quality defence, the Golden Knights have scored an average of 3.77 goals per game. They should be able to handle a Flyers’ defence who has looked lost in the park as a visitor in 2019-20.
I don’t see much changing in two days for the Flyers. With that in mind, they’re likely going to have to force the issue in the Golden Knights’ zone in this one. Vegas hasn’t been perfect in that regard recently, having allowed just over 3 goals per game in their last ten outings, so it could work. There should be scoring chances for both sides in this one, providing us with a pick on the OVER in the first game of 2020 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.