With the arrival of Alain Vigneault as new head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers the hope is that a playoff spot can be secured. Philadelphia fans and many handicappers believe the roster is good enough to make a post season run. The New Jersey Devils had a terrible letdown season for 2018-19 after making the playoffs the year before. To many this is a do or die season for head coach John Hynes. Also, under intense scrutiny is 2018 NHL Most Valuable Player Taylor Hall who missed most of last year with an injury. His return is seen as essential for the Devils getting back to the playoffs.
New Jersey Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers
When: Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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New Jersey Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers Wagering Odds Analysis
The Devils will need a long time to live down blowing a 4-0 lead on home ice in a 5-4 overtime home loss to Winnipeg last Friday. Gamblers have a hard time forgiving or forgetting such debacles. The jury is out on the Philadelphia Flyers and their new head coach Alain Vigneault. With a new system being implemented the Flyers are a work in progress.
Taylor Hall began the week listed as questionable due to an undisclosed issue. His presence is essential if New Jersey is going to return to the post season. Hall opened the season with two assists in two games. His MVP season of two years ago featured 39 goals, 54 assists, and a 14-plus minus.
Center Travis Konecny is emblematic of the young and talented Flyers. He scored two goals on opening night and is nothing but upside at the age of 22. Konecny is coming off back to back 24 goal seasons for Philadelphia.
Between the Pipes
Carter Hart was the Flyers starting goaltender in an opening night win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Hart played in 31 games last year with a .917 save percentage and 2.83 goals against average. At the age of 21 Hart is considered the cornerstone player of the future for Philadelphia.
New Jersey goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood has seen most of the minutes thus far. Blackwood was between the pipes in the loss to Winnipeg. His save percentage is a poor .880 with 6.58 goals against average. Corey Schneider has a more impressive .905 save percentage but had to leave the Friday game due to cramping.
New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers Betting Trends
The Devils are:
3-9 in their last 12 away games
2-4 under the total away from home
1-9 away from home against the Metropolitan Division
2-5-1 under the total at the Metropolitan Division
4-2 in their last 6 games with the Flyers
4-2 over the total head to head with Philadelphia
The Flyers are:
3-2 at home against the Devils
2-5-2 under the total on home ice vs. New Jersey
2-5 in their last seven games on home ice
4-1 over the total at Wells Fargo Center
1-9 at Wells Fargo Center against the Metropolitan Division
5-1 over the total on home ice against the Metropolitan Division
New Jersey Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers Free Picks
The vibe is good right now in the City of Brotherly Love with new head coach Alain Vigneault getting a full buy-in. New Jersey is not looking like a team that can be trusted at the present time and there are too many questions about Hall and Schneider’s availability.
New Jersey Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers NHL Odds Best Bet: Philadelphia Flyers
New Jersey Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers Score Prediction: Flyers 3, Devils 1
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