A light night of hockey on Monday evening, but the quality will certainly be there from the City of Brotherly Love tonight as the Vegas Golden Knights head to Philadelphia to take on the Flyers in what should be a marquee match-up.
Both teams have lofty playoff aspirations for 2019-20, and yet both squads likely feel as they should be doing better in the early stretches of the regular season.
For the Knights, they’re currently battling a few pretty big injuries. Alex Tuch up front and Nate Schmidt on the back-end both remain out, a couple of key losses that they don’t have the depth to cope with. Valentin Zykov is also out suspended due to an issue with PED’s.
On the Flyers side of things, they’re entirely healthy and playing quite well – the results just haven’t followed them. After a few down seasons of missing out on the playoffs, Philadelphia has the depth at all positions to track down a few teams in the competitive Eastern Conference. With the young netminder Carter Hart in goal, this is a ‘bet on’ team going forward.
Look for the Flyers to be eager to reverse their hard-luck fortunes and get in the win column on Monday evening. It won’t be easy against a solid Golden Knights squad, but it should produce an excellent hockey game. Read on below the posted odds for a game breakdown and official betting selection for the Golden Knights vs. Flyers.
Golden Knights vs. Flyers Betting Odds:
Vegas Golden Knights (-120)
@ Philadelphia Flyers (+109)
Over 6.5 (+102)
Under 6.5 (-113)
Golden Knights vs. Flyers Pick:
Although Philadelphia appears to be struggling mightily on the surface, having been losers of four straight – their underlying metrics and numbers remain impressive. This seems to be a very solid hockey game, whose depth and off-season changes have paid off wel; for them. Alain VIgneault has the reputation as an excellent head coach, and the stylistic tweaks he’s given to this skilled group should start paying dividends.
Philly is first in the NHL at expected goals at 5-on-5, and also rate highly in shots and Corsi opportunities. This is a loaded forward group up front, even without Nolan Patrick – and their depth and the fact that they have last change on Monday night should be able to wear down a Knights’ defense still without one of their top talents in Nate Schmidt.
Philadelphia’s top-3 lines are as talented as anybody’s in the NHL, as seen by having former 40-goal scorer James van Riemsdyk situated on their third line. This depth should really trouble the Knights’ defense as their bottom four of Jon Merrill, Nick Holden, Jake Bischoff, and Deryk Engelland remains a huge liability for this squad and they’ll inevitably have to go against the likes of Claude Giroux or Sean Couturier’s lines this evening. Expect the Flyers’ speed to come in waves and really make the Knights spend long stretches within their own zone.
Philly matches up well with the Knights, and they will be eager to shake off their mini-slump in front of a demanding and rowdy home crowd. The Flyers are one of the more improved groups in the NHL and the results are going to follow with them. Vegas at full strength remains an elite side, though their current injury predicament combined with cross-country travel gives the edge to the Flyers in this one. Add in the fact that Philadelphia’s power play is currently clicking at a 25% clip, and the edge on the home underdog seems too good to pass up. Expect the Flyers to get back on track on Monday night.