NHL Thursday Night on The Ice: Philadelphia Flyers Vs. Vancouver Canucks
Low Scoring but High Flying
The Flyers’ are the second lowest scoring team in the NHL this season, mustering just 66 goals through 31 games – about 2.13 goals per game. Even with their paltry offense Flyers are slowly climbing the standings going 6-3-1 over their last 10 games and now sit only 4 points out of a playoff spot. The Flyers have been outscored by 20 joins - the third most in the league – yet through all this poor play and adversely the Flyers can realistically be in a playoff spot by the New Year.
The Mean Lean Sedin Machines
Both Daniel and Henrik Sedin made their NHL debuts with the Canucks in 2000 and have been the faces of the franchise for nearly a decade. The last few years haven’t been either brother’s greatest season, but so far through 2015 each player is looking like the stars they were back when the Canucks made the Stanley cup in 2011. Each Sedin brother is on pace to break 80 points for the season and both rank in the top ten for points this season.
Vancouver Canucks vs. Philadelphia Flyers
As it currently stands both teams are on the outside of the playoffs looking in. The largest similarity between the two teams would be their inability to win in extra time. The Canucks lead the NHL with 8 overtime losses while the Flyers are tied with four other teams for second with 6 losses. Neither team has had excellent performances from their goaltending and outside of the Sedin brothers for Vancouver and Claude Giroux for the Flyers neither team has much scoring potential. The Flyers are favoured to win at -130 and due to the fact they are the host, the hotter team and have momentarily solved their goaltending woes with Michael Neuvirth - who has a sizzling .946 save percent over his last 4 games. At a 5 over/under, do not except much scoring from two from two of the league’s lowest scoring teams.
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