The Vancouver Canucks are in Philadelphia for the Flyers’ season opener on Friday night. There are some teams that haven’t played a game yet, while others have two games on their resume already. The Flyers are one of those teams that haven’t had the puck drop on their 2021-22 campaign.
They welcome a Canucks team that opened their season on Wednesday night in Edmonton against the Oilers. It was a decent attempt from the Canucks on the road, though they had to settle for a point. The fact that the Canucks earned a point after going into the 3rd period down by 2 goals was a win.
The Canucks looked down and out with a 2-0 deficit, but the offense sprung to life in the final frame. Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored on the power play, while Quinn Hughes tied the contest with around 3 minutes left in regulation.
After a scoreless overtime session, the Oilers won on a Kyle Turris goal and Mike Smith save on Tanner Pearson. That was a lot closer than it had to be for the Oilers. They undoubtedly can’t do that against better teams in the league or it’s going to be another disappointing season in Edmonton.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) October 15, 2021
The Flyers enter the 2021-22 campaign following a lackluster effort. Going into that year with some promise, the Flyers came up short in their playoff bid, having to settle for a record of 25-23-8 and 58 points. More is expected out of the Flyers this season. It’s playoffs or Alain Vigneault may not survive, especially after Robin Lehner came down on him.
Vigneault has always been a guy with the Canucks and Rangers that could get to the playoffs, but came up short getting any further to win a Stanley Cup. He went to the Stanley Cup Final in 2011 with the Canucks, the Vancouver Riot season, and then a loss versus the Kings in 2014 with the Rangers.
The Flyers regressed last season after going 41-21-7 and second in the Metropolitan in 2019-20. There are high expectations to get the Flyers back to that form. They open the season versus a beatable opponent at home in the Canucks. Head below for our free Canucks vs. Flyers pick on October 15, 2021.
Vancouver Canucks vs. Philadelphia Flyers Live Odds and Betting History:
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Vancouver Canucks||+1.5 (-180)||+129||Over 6 (-113)|
|Philadelphia Flyers||-1.5 (+160)||-143||Under 6 (-107)|
|Team Data||Vancouver Canucks||Philadelphia Flyers|
|Goals Per Game||2.0||0.0|
|Goals Against Per Game||3.0||0.0|
|Shots Per game||38.0||0.0|
|Shots Against Per Game||34.0||0.0|
Canucks vs. Flyers Prediction:
There’s talent to be had on the Flyers roster. There’s no denying that they have the horses in their stable to get back to what they did two years ago. It’s very clear what their main issue was last year compared to 2019-20. Carter Hart was a wall at times two years back for the Flyers.
— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) October 15, 2021
Hart finished with a 2.42 and 0.914 save percentage in his sophomore campaign. However, he regressed hard with a 3.67 GAA and 0.877 save percentage in 27 games last year. Hart went from a 1.63 GAA and 0.943 save percentage in Philadelphia to a 3.84 GAA and 0.876 save percentage.
He’s only a 23-year-old, and there’s talent present with Hart, so bouncing back is a good possibility. Hart showed up well in the preseason and looked focused. He recorded a 1.20 GAA and 0.953 save percentage in two starts. Getting some of his confidence back is of the utmost importance.
Vancouver Canucks vs. Philadelphia Flyers Betting Trends:
- 1-4 overall in their previous five games as an underdog on the road
- 1-4 overall in their previous five games versus the Eastern Conference
- 4-10 overall in their previous 14 games as an underdog
- UNDER is 5-1 in their previous six games on the road
- OVER is 10-3 in their previous 13 games versus the Eastern Conference
- 5-0 overall in their previous five games versus the Western Conference
- 4-1 overall in their previous five games versus the Canucks in Philadelphia
- 5-11 overall in their previous 16 games in Philadelphia
- OVER is 14-2 in their previous 16 games as a favorite
There isn’t anything wrong with the Flyers’ lineup. I don’t know if this is a team built to win a Stanley Cup, but if they get hot at the right time anything can happen. There’s depth to be had on this offense.
The presence of Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier, and Travis Konecny as a trio on the top line, and then even going back to the Oskar Lindbolm, Scott Laughton, and James Van Riemsdyk line, the Flyers aren’t in bad shape this season.
Again, which Hart is going to show up? If Lindblom can return to his pre-cancer diagnosis form, then that’s going to be an additional boost to the Flyers in 2021-22. His will and determination to get back to 100% has to be a source of motivation for this group.
The Canucks likely aren’t going to go down easily on Friday night, but the Flyers should persevere at the Wells Fargo Center. Hart should get off to a decent enough start following a promising preseason and camp. The Flyers in a 4-2 or 3-2 final looks right.