Vancouver Canucks vs. Philadelphia Flyers Prediction, NHL Odds

Daniel Coyle | Updated Oct 15, 2021

The Philadelphia Flyers open their 2021-2022 NHL regular season schedule on Friday, when they play host to the Vancouver Canucks.

Vancouver
9-15-1-1
AT
October 15, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia
8-11-2-2
Puckline +1.5 -191
Moneyline +117
Over / Under o +6

46%

Betting Action

54%

Puckline -1.5 +159
Moneyline -141
Over / Under u +6

46%

Betting Action

54%

Philadelphia and Vancouver have plenty to prove entering the new campaign. Unable to string together consecutive wins over the final 10 weeks of last season, the Flyers finished well out of playoff contention, settling for sixth place in the East Division standings. Last-place finishers in the North Division, the Canucks arrive in Philadelphia still searching for their first win of the season after suffering 3-2 shootout loss in Edmonton in their season opener.

The Flyers are set to hit the ice for Friday night’s season opener at Wells Fargo Center as -156 favourites to win on the NHL odds, with the total favoured to go UNDER 6.0.

Canucks vs. Flyers NHL Odds

There has been moderate movement on the betting line for this contest, which has favoured the Canucks despite their season-opening loss. Vancouver has improved slightly to a +130 underdog since opening at +137. The Flyers have enjoyed the confidence of sports bettors, with 55 per cent of bets getting laid on Philadelphia.

However, recent meetings between these two teams have been hard fought. Each of the past three matchups has been settled by a single goal. The UNDER has paid out in each of the past five clashes, and the home team has emerged victorious in each of the past four, and in eight of 11 overall.

Vancouver Canucks

Eager to open the new season on a strong note, the Canucks found themselves in familiar position in Wednesday’s date with the Oilers, trailing 2-0 early in the second period. However, the club demonstrated plenty of character while erasing that deficit and giving themselves a chance to steal the win in overtime. That marks a dramatic turnaround for a Vancouver squad that won just four of their final 15 contests last season.

Elias Pettersson made his presence felt in his return after being hobbled by injury last season, tallying six shots on goal. But it was the blue line duo of Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Quinn Hughes that accounted for all the scoring. And while the Canucks ranked among the league leaders in faceoff percentage last season, they didn’t show it against the Oilers, winning just 19 of 53 draws.

Philadelphia Flyers

A talented opponent still searching for its offensive touch is just fine with the Flyers. Philadelphia struggled at both ends of the ice last season, and finished dead last in the NHL in total goals allowed. That sparked some major changes in the off-season, with the club bulking up their rearguard corps with the additions of Keith Yandle, Ryan Ellis, and Rasmus Ristolainen, who will miss Friday’s game due to injury.

However, even with blue line upgrades, the focus will remain squarely on netminder Carter Hart. The 23-year-old finds himself on the hot seat after enduring a lost season that was eventually ended by a knee injury. However, Hart has been steady in past appearances against Vancouver, going 2-0-1 while allowing just four total goals.

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