Detroit Red Wings vs. Philadelphia Flyers Pick
The Red Wings started the season off on an ugly streak with just one win in ten attempts. Their lone win came against the Florida Panthers in overtime. Following that disaster, the Red Wings won seven of their next eight games to turn things around. They are in the midst of a three-game losing streak at the moment. A loss tonight would give the Wings their longest losing streak since the start of the season.
The Wings went with Jonathan Bernier in net for two of their last three losses. Jimmy Howard has been one of the MVP’s and a catalyst for getting their team back to .500 this season. There is a notable drop off from Howard to Bernier in net. Howard owns a 2.69 GAA and 0.922 save percentage, as opposed to a 3.58 GAA and 0.89 save percentage for Bernier. The Flyers will give 20-year-old Carter Hart is first career start in the NHL against the Wings this evening.
Goaltending has been dicey in Philadelphia, with the injuries to Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth. They’ve gone through multiple guys in net with varying levels of success. Anthony Stolarz who started the year in the AHL was recently moved to the IR, so another one bites the dust. Hart has spent his season in Lehigh waiting to get the call up to make his first ever start in the NHL. As a result of several injuries, he’s going to get his shot.
He will get it tonight against the Red Wings. Hart has posted a 3.05 GAA and 0.901 save percentage in the AHL, his first season there as well. Everything has been coming at him fast, but a dream will be accomplished for him on Tuesday night. His team hasn’t been sharp at home this season, with 2.79 goals scored per game while allowing 3.5 goals per game. The price on the Flyers here looks way too expensive. Expecting them to flip a switch and look like a new team in day No. 1 of Gordon’s tenure is asking a lot. All of the value is with the Red Wings to spoil Hart and Gordon’s debut on Tuesday night.