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Philadelphia Flyers vs. Vegas Golden Knights Betting Preview 2/11/18

In their first head-to-head meeting of the regular season, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Vegas Golden Knights take the ice at T-Mobile Arena in an East-West matchup. The first puck will drop at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 11, and fans at home can see the game live on NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Vegas Golden Knights Odds

The Golden Knights are 36-18 straight up (SU) and have earned moneyline bettors 21.1 units this season. Of the team’s 54 games this season, 31 have gone over the total, while 21 have gone under and just two have pushed. This year, the team is 19-5 SU at home.

Vegas has been able to convert on 21.5 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s good enough for ninth-best in the league. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked eighth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.6 percent of all penalties.

Vegas, as a collective unit, has been penalized just 3.3 times per game overall this season, and 2.6 per game over its last five at home. The team has had to kill penalties for just 6.9 minutes per game over its last 10 outings, overall.

Averaging 29.1 saves per game with a .934 save percentage, Marc-Andre Fleury (16-7-2) has been the best option in goal for the Golden Knights this season. If they, however, choose to give him the night off, Vegas might go with Malcolm Subban (12-4-4 record, .912 save percentage, 2.59 goals against average).

The Knights will continue looking for leadership from Jonathan Marchessault and David Perron. Marchessault (54 points) is up to 20 goals and 34 assists and has recorded two or more points on 16 separate occasions this year. Perron has 13 goals and 36 assists to his credit and has recorded a point in 34 games.

On the other side of the ice, Philadelphia is 27-28 straight up (SU) and has lost 5.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. A total of 29 of its contests have gone over the total, while 23 have gone under and just two have pushed. As the road team, Philadelphia is 13-14 SU so far.

Philadelphia has converted on 21.7 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s good enough for eighth-best in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 29th overall and it’s successfully killed off 74.6 percent of all opponent power plays.

Philadelphia’s players have been penalized 3.7 times per game this season, 4.2 per game over their last five contests total, and 3.8 per game over their last five on the road. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays 9.8 minutes per contest over their last five road games.

Brian Elliott (.908 save percentage and 2.72 goals against average) has been the main option in goal for Philadelphia. Elliott is averaging 26.3 saves per game and owns a 22-19-7 record.

For the visiting Flyers, the offense will be facilitated through Jakub Voracek (11 goals, 52 assists) and Claude Giroux (17 goals, 45 assists).

Philadelphia Flyers at Vegas Golden Knights Free Picks

Pick: SU Winner – Flyers, O/U – Under

Notes

Betting Trends

Power-play chances may be even more key than usual in tonight’s game. The Flyers are 12-11 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 20-12 when they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes. The Golden Knights are 12-8 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 26-12 when they’re in the box for less than 10 minutes.

Vegas is 2-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Philadelphia is 1-4 in shootouts.

One of the best at creating pressure on their opponents, Vegas is ranked 2nd in the league this season with 11.0 takeaways per game. That figure’s trended down recently, however, as it has managed 8.4 takeaways over its last 10 games and 6.8 takeaways over its last five.

Philadelphia is scoring 3.7 goals per game over the team’s three-game winning streak.

Philadelphia is ranked 29th in the NHL with 5.9 takeaways per game. That figure has trended higher recently, as it has created 6.9 takeaways over its last 10 games and 6.6 takeaways over its last five.

Vegas may hold the upper hand if this one comes down to the wire. The team’s 16-10 in games decided by one goal, while Philadelphia is 10-15 in such games.

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