The Philadelphia Flyers don’t get any favours from the schedule makers, as they have to go to Ottawa after playing the Sharks last night in Philadelphia. That was a game they want to soon forget. The Flyers got blasted by an angry Sharks team by a score of 8-2. The Sharks lost the night before and then responded in a big way, so maybe the Flyers will be able to duplicate that tonight in Ottawa. The Senators are a beatable team, so at least they don’t have to turn around the next night and play a contender.
San Jose put any doubts in the back of the mind for some people. It’s way, way early to establish a clear picture on what is going to happen the rest of the season. The NHL is always so wide open and the playoffs are going to up for grabs. In the small sample size that we have, the Capitals have shown that they aren’t going to allow themselves to get hit by a hangover this season. Alexander Ovechkin may have had one or two hangovers in the offseason from celebrating, but he’s focused and ready to go for the new season.
The Flyers aren’t unseating the Capitals and the Senators sure as heck aren’t either. We do know that much about this season. Brian Elliott got lit up last night and will get the night off in this one against the Sens, naturally. Elliott really hasn’t been able to find as much success and recognition as he had in St. Louis. The Blues weren’t ready to pay him the money he wanted, so they went with Jake Allen and Elliott has bounced between the Flames and Flyers since. The Flames thought he was going to be the piece to fix their woeful goaltending situation. That didn’t happen obviously. Former Avalanche and Maple Leaf Calvin Pickard will get the go for the Flyers tonight. He was acquired off waivers recently, along with the deal Carolina made with former Leaf, Curtis McElhinney. Head below for our free Flyers vs. Senators pick.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Ottawa Senators Pick
Calvin Pickard has been all over the place in the last year. He went from the Golden Knights to the Maple Leafs and now he’s in Philadelphia with the Flyers. He was in Colorado just a couple of years ago and saw 50 appearances, the most in his career. He yielded a 2.98 GAA and 0.904 save percentage in the most work he’s had in the NHL. The last time he appeared in a game in the league was on December 29th against the Avalanche as a member of the Maple Leafs.
Dating all the way back to the year before that with the Avs, Pickard has allowed 3 or more goals in nine of his last ten appearances. He finished his career with the Maple Leafs posting a 3.83 GAA last season. The Flyers needed a backup and found Pickard on waivers. I wouldn’t expect much out of how against the Sens tonight. Overall, the Flyers have allowed 5 goals per game, with 13 goals allowed in their last two games. The only team who has been worse in that regard is the Penguins.
The Senators had one of the worst defences in the league last season. They finished 30th in the league with 3.46 goals against per game. Without making many improvements to their roster, it’s no surprise that Ottawa has had issues fending off goals to start the 2018-19 season as well. They’ve given up 4.33 goals per game to start the year near the back of the league. Ottawa have been fine offensively with 3.67 goals per game, though. Both teams have gone 3-0 to the OVER in their first three games of the year. In their last three meetings, there has been an average of 8 goals scored. No reason to believe that the trend won’t continue in Ottawa tonight.