Seattle Kraken vs Philadelphia Flyers NHL Pick – October 18

The NHL is set up with another great slate of hockey on October 18. Four games are up on the board throughout Monday night. One of these matchups will be between the Seattle Kraken and the Philadelphia Flyers. These two teams will look for a big win early in this season. This game will drop the puck at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.

Seattle has earned a record of 1-1-1 so far this season, which has them sitting in second place of the Pacific division. The Kraken are coming off an overtime loss their last time out and will look to bounce back in this one. Seattle has looked solid to open up their inaugural season and will look to earn another big win on Monday night.

The Flyers have put up a record of 0-0-1 to open up this season, which has them in seventh place of the Metropolitan division. Philadelphia finished out last season with a record of 25-23-8, which had them finish in sixth place of the East division. The Flyers are looking to bounce back after last season’s disappointment with a quick start to this season.

These two teams will look for a big win on Monday night as they meet up for the first time ever. The Kraken have had a solid start this season and will look to bounce back with a win in this one. Philadelphia came out a bit slow in their season opener and will look to avoid another slow start. If either team can come out fast, it could be enough for the first win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Seattle Kraken +1 ½ (-205) +117 Over 5 ½ (-121)
Philadelphia Flyers -1 ½ (+175) -129 Under 5 ½ (+110)

 

Team Data Seattle Kraken Philadelphia Flyers
Overall Record 1-1-1 0-0-1
Away/ Home Record 1-1-1 0-0-1
Goals Per Game 2.67 4.00
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 2.67 4.00
Save Percentage .894 .897
Save Percentage Away/ Home .894 .897

Betting Trends

Seattle Kraken

  • 1-2 in road games
  • 0-1 in non-Conference games
  • 0-1 after two or more straight road games
  • Over is 2-1 in their games
  • Under is 1-0 in non-Conference games

Philadelphia Flyers

  • 76-66 in their last 142 games
  • 22-19 in the first half of the season
  • 13-16 in last 29 games after two or more days of rest
  • 11-14 in last 25 non-Conference games
  • 28-24 in last 52 games after allowing four or more goals
  • 29-26 in last 55 games after scoring four or more goals

These two teams are coming off losses in extra time in their last game. Philadelphia played last on Friday night and lost 5-4 in a shootout. The Flyers gave up all four regulation goals in the second period and will look to bounce back in this one. Seattle lost 2-1 in overtime to the Columbus Blue Jackets in their last game on Saturday night.

Special Teams

The Kraken have been solid on special teams to open up this season. Seattle has scored on two of their six power play chances, which is a 33.3 percent success rate. This is tied for 8th in the NHL this season. The Kraken have also given up one power play goal on five chances for an 80 percent kill rate, which is 13th in the league.

Philadelphia was solid on the power play in their opening game, but struggled on the penalty kill. The Flyers scored on one of three power play chances, but gave up two power play goals on four opportunities. This has Philadelphia’s power play in 8th place of the league and their penalty kill in 30th in the NHL.

These two teams have had strong power plays early in the season, but Seattle penalty kill has been better. The Kraken will look to shut down Philadelphia’s power play on Monday night. The Flyers struggled on special teams last season and will look to fix them entering this campaign. If either team can capitalize with the man advantage, it could be enough for the win.

Goaltending Comparison

I expect Philipp Grubauer to get the start once again for Seattle in this one. Grubauer has earned a record of 1-1-1 throughout the early parts of this season. He has a save percentage of .894 and a 2.99 GAA in those starts. Grubauer’s last start was against the Blue Jackets. He stopped 23 of 25 shots in the overtime loss.

Carter Hart will likely get the nod in the crease for the Flyers on Monday night. Hart has gone 0-0-1 to open up this season. He had a .897 save percentage and a 3.78 GAA in his start this season. Hart finished last season with a record of 9-11-5. He posted a .877 save percentage and a GAA of 3.67 last season. Hart will look to bounce back in a big way this season as he tries to lead Philadelphia to the playoffs.

These two goalies have not had hot starts to this season, but will look for a big win on Monday night. Grubauer has the edge under center after his performance with Colorado last season. Hart still has a lot to prove this season, but I think he will improve those numbers. If either goalie can shut the door early, it will likely be enough for the win.

Pick Overview

Seattle has had a solid start to this season, but I think they will have a tough matchup against the Flyers on Monday. Philadelphia is coming off a tough loss in their opening night of action, but I expect them to bounce back in this one. The Flyers had an extra day off leading up to this game and have a better feel after their first game. I think Philadelphia can control this game early.

BetOnline has the Flyers listed as a -129 against the money line in this one. This implies that Philadelphia will win this game around 56.3 percent of the time. I agree with this line, but I do not see a lot of value in it. The Flyers are also listed at -1 ½ for +175. I think that Philadelphia will control this game with the extra day off, which should allow them to cover the spread.

The Bet
Philadelphia Flyers -1.5
+175
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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