A successful East Coast road trip has apparently given the Vancouver Canucks the kind of momentum they needed to rise up the Western Conference standings. The Canucks look to continue their red-hot play as they welcome the Philadelphia Flyers to Rogers Arena on Thursday night. Vancouver improved to 5-2-2 over its last nine games with a 3-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes – the Canucks’ first shutout since Oct. 24.
Flyers vs. Canucks Betting Analysis
Giving the home crowd – and bettors, for that matter – something to cheer about hasn’t been Vancouver’s M.O. of late; the Canucks have dropped 22 of their last 28 home games dating back to last season. But with the Flyers struggling – and having played Wednesday night in Edmonton – it’s no surprise that Vancouver is a slight favourite in this one. Philadelphia has lost five of its last six games on zero days rest.
From a totals perspective, both teams are trending toward the over despite Vancouver’s recent run of great goaltending (four goals allowed in the past three games). The Flyers have exceed the total in six of their previous seven games against Pacific Division opponents and are 7-2 O/U in their last nine games overall. The Canucks, meanwhile, have gone over the total in seven of their past 10 games and and five of seven vs. the Metropolitan Division.
Things might be turning around ever-so-slightly for the Flyers, who have suddenly won back-to-back games after losing their previous 10. Netminder Brian Elliott has been one of the stars during the Flyers’ first win streak since mid-October, stopping 67 of 71 shots in triumphs over Calgary and Edmonton. Wayne Simmonds has also played well during the Flyers’ jaunt through Western Canada, scoring in both games and adding an assist.
A month ago, you would have struggled to make the case that the Canucks could ride their goaltending tandem of Jacob Markstrom and Robert Nilsson to the top of the Pacific standings. But both netminders have been solid of late, moving Vancouver into sixth in the NHL in goals allowed per game (2.7). Rookie Brock Boeser continues to impress with 13 goals; the Canucks are 5-3 straight-up and 7-1 O/U in games in which Boeser scores at least once.
Flyers vs. Canucks Prediction