Philadelphia Flyers vs Seattle Kraken NHL Pick – December 295

The NHL is set up with another great slate of hockey on December 29. Six games are up on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these matchups will be between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Seattle Kraken. 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 10:00 PM Eastern time.

Philadelphia has earned a record of 12-12-5 to start out this season, which has them sitting in sixth place of the Metropolitan division. The Flyers are coming off a win in their last game and have won four of their last five. Philadelphia is four points out of a wild card spot. The Flyers will look to move up in the standings with a big win in this one.

The Kraken have put up a record of 10-17-3 to open up the season, which has them in last place of the Pacific division. Seattle has lost two games in a row and five of their last six. The Kraken have struggled to get going throughout this season. I expect Seattle to try and come out fast at home in this one as they look for a big two points.

These two teams have not had great starts to the season, but will look to get going early in this one. The Flyers have picked up their play a bit before the pause and will look to keep it going. Seattle has struggled in their recent games. If either team can grab an early lead on Wednesday night, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Philadelphia Flyers +1 ½ (-205) +121 Over 5 ½ (-135)
Seattle Kraken -1 ½ (+175) -134 Under 5 ½ (+123)

 

Team Data Philadelphia Flyers Seattle Kraken
Overall Record 12-12-5 10-17-3
Away/ Home Record 6-6-3 6-9-1
Goals Per Game 2.66 2.80
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 2.00 2.94
Save Percentage .908 .876
Save Percentage Away/ Home .916 .876

Betting Trends

Philadelphia Flyers

  • 4-5 in December
  • 1-2 when playing on three or more days rest
  • 7-4 in non-Conference games
  • 5-3 after scoring four goals or more
  • 6-5 against team with losing record

Seattle Kraken

  • 2-6 in December
  • 0-2 when playing on three or more days rest
  • 3-5 after a divisional game
  • 6-8 in non-Conference game
  • 6-10 after allowing four goals or more
  • 2-7 against team with losing record

These two teams met up once this season on October 18 in Philadelphia. Carson Soucy scored for the Kraken, but it was not enough. Derick Brassard had a goal and two assists, while Justin Braun, Joel Farabee and Travis Konecny all had a goal and an assist. Carter Hart stopped 23 of 24 shots as the Flyers earned a 6-1 win at home.

Special Teams

The Flyers have struggled on the power play throughout this season. Philadelphia has scored on 13 of their 82 power play attempts, which is a 15.9 percent success rate. The Flyers have killed off 75 of their opponents 92 power play chances, which is an 81.5 percent penalty kill. Philadelphia is 26th on the man advantage and 11th on the penalty kill.

Seattle has not been great on the power play either this season. The Kraken have capitalized on 14 of their 80 power play opportunities, which is a 17.5 percent power play. Seattle has given up 13 power play goals on 65 penalties against, which is an 80 percent kill rate. The Kraken are 22nd on the power play and 18th on the kill.

These two teams have struggled on special teams throughout this season. Philadelphia has been the better team on the penalty kill, while the Kraken have a slight edge on the power play. The Flyers will look to step up in this one though. If either team can get a power play goal or two, it could give them the edge on Wednesday night.

Goaltending Comparison

I expect Martin Jones to get the nod in net for Philadelphia in this one. Jones has earned a record of 5-4-1 throughout his 10 starts on the season. He has posted a .907 save percentage and a GAA of 3.33 in those matchups. Jones finished with 28 saves on 31 shots in his last start against the Ottawa Senators, which was enough for the win.

Philipp Grubauer will likely get the start in the crease for the Kraken on Wednesday night. Grubauer has started in 22 games this season, going 7-12-3 in those outings. He has put up a save percentage of .882 and a 3.29 GAA in those starts. Grubauer’s last start was against the Anaheim Ducks. He stopped 15 of 18 shots in the loss.

These two goalies have had opposite starts to the season. Jones has not had the best start, but has a much better save percentage. Grubauer has lost his last four starts and will look to turn it around. Both teams will look to get some offense going in front of these goalies. If either team can earn a big win in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been struggling throughout this season, but will look for a big win out of the break. Seattle is at home, but lost to the Flyers earlier in the season. Both teams have some COVID issues and will look for some depth players to step up. I think Philadelphia has the better depth and it could give them the edge on Wednesday night.

BetOnline has the Kraken listed as a -134 against the money line in this one. This implies that Seattle will win this game around 57.3 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with Philadelphia being the better team this season. The Flyers picked up their play before break and I think they can keep it going on the road.

The Bet
Philadelphia Flyers
+121
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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