The Philadelphia Flyers (37-35-8) meet the Carolina Hurricanes (44-29-7) on Saturday evening at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Philly Flyers are not in contention for the playoffs, having lost five of their last six games, culminating in a 6-2 loss on the road at the Dallas Stars on Tuesday evening. They were on the road at the St. Louis Blues on the Thursday evening prior to this game.
The Flyers are currently averaging 2.94 Goals per Game, which leaves them 17th in the overall NHL standings. Defensively they are allowing 3.36 Goals per Game (29th overall). On an individual basis, Sean Couturier has lit the lamp on 32 occasions, while Claude Giroux has contributed 61 assists.
At the time of writing, it’s still possible for the Hurricanes to claim an automatic playoff spot with a top three finish in the Metropolitan Division. However, they could also still miss out on the playoffs altogether by missing out on a Wild Card spot from the Eastern Conference, with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Montreal Canadiens breathing down their necks.
The Hurricanes faced the New Jersey Devils on home-ice on Thursday evening, but did their playoff hopes no harm with an excellent 4-1 win on the road at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday evening.
The Hurricanes are averaging just 2.95 Goals per Game (16th overall), but defensively they have allowed just 2.71 Goals per Game (7th overall). Sebastian Aho is the leading scorer for the Hurricanes with 30 goals, while Teuvo Teravainen has contributed 53 assists.
In terms of predictions, the Hurricanes will almost certainly need a win here so, with the Flyers having little to play for, the Hurricanes are the tips on the Money Line odds.
Pick: Money Line – Carolina Hurricanes