The Philadelphia Flyers are looking at making a late push to the playoffs. They haven’t been doing themselves any favors, though, as the Flyers have fallen back with a record of 32-30-4. That puts them seven points behind the final wildcard. Not an impossible to task, but it isn’t going to be easy. The Flyers were in a dogfight last season to make the playoffs and ultimately did it. However, they were closer to the postseason at this point in the season. They will need some help elsewhere and some good fortunes go their way in the playoff race. A win against the Hurricanes tonight would help.
Their most recent stretch of games isn’t helping any. The Flyers are 1-4 in their last five games. Flip that record around to 4-1 and they’d be right there in contention. Not the case, as the Flyers are making life difficult on themselves down the stretch. The best-case scenario for the Flyers would be coming from behind to grab the final wildcard. However, they would have zero time to rest with a meeting against the top-seed on deck.
The road is difficult in Philadelphia, but the road for the Hurricanes is equally as difficult. They are holding their heads just above water to give them an outside shot at making the playoffs. In fact, the Hurricanes and Flyers are tied in the standings with 72 points. The Canes haven’t been doing themselves many favors either, as they’re four wins in their last ten games is an unfortunate thing to look at for them. Let’s get to our Hurricanes vs. Flyers pick below.
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Philadelphia Flyers Pick
This was supposed to be a season where the Flyers built off their appearance in the first-round against the Washington Capitals. Since losing Game 6 to the Caps, the Flyers have still been trying to improve as a team. They hoped to build off that Penguins game a few nights ago too, but the next night they were downed by the Devils, 6-2. The tired Flyers were unable to keep up. With two nights off, they’ll turn their attention to the Hurricanes on Sunday.
The Hurricanes are tied in the standings, and there also hasn’t been much separating them statistically. Note that the Hurricanes are averaging 2.54 goals per game, while the Flyers are averaging 2.51 goals per game. Additionally, the Canes are allowing 2.82 goals per game, while the Flyers are allowing 2.94 goals. The Hurricanes, though, have been horrific on the road this season. Their record of 9-17-4 playing away from Carolina is what ultimately has done them in. The Flyers have been fairly decent with a record of 20-11-1 in Philadelphia. Both teams are coming off a two-game break, so legs should be fresh. I believe that the Flyers will get the job done though, and deliver us a winning pick on Sunday in the NHL.
PICK: FLYERS (-140)