Ottawa Senators at Philadelphia Flyers Odds - Free Pick 4/2/2016
Saturday's NHL action kicks things off with an Eastern Conference clash between the Ottawa Senators and the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. The game is set to get underway at 1 p.m. (ET) and it will be available on NHL Center Ice.
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The Senators have officially been eliminated from postseason play, but they come into this game fresh off back-to-back road victories over Winnipeg and Minnesota as underdogs. The total ended as a PUSH in Thursday's 3-2 win against the Wild as a heavy +218 underdog and it has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in seven of its last nine games. The Senators are 16-20-3 on the road this season.
In Thursday's match, Codi Ceci hammered home his ninth goal of the season to break a 2-2 tie 16 minutes into the third period. Goalie Craig Anderson turned away 23 of the 25 shots he faced and his goals-against average stands at 2.81 in 59 games this season. The Senators are ranked eighth in the NHL in scoring with 2.8 goals a game, but they fall all the way to 27th when it comes to goals allowed (3.0). Defenseman Erik Karlsson leads the team in total points (78) and he added a goal and an assist in Thursday's win.
The Flyers have missed the playoffs for the last two seasons, but they continue to battle for a spot in this year's postseason with a 6-2-2 record in their last 10 games. They are coming off an important 2-1 shootout victory against Washington this past Wednesday as slight -109 home favorites after beating Winnipeg 3-2 in overtime at home on Monday as heavy -179 favorites. The total has now stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in seven of their last eight games and they are now 21-10-7 on their home ice this season.
Philadelphia has played quite a few tight games down the stretch with seven of its last 10 contest being decided by one goal either way. Both Nick Cousins and Sam Gagner beat Washington goalie Braden Holtby to claim the shootout win after Brayden Schenn scored the Flyers only goal in regulation late in the third period to tie the game at 1-1. Steve Mason came up big in goal by stopping 29 of 30 shots by the Capitals. He has been the Flyers fulltime goalie since Michal Neuvirth went down with a lower body injury and his GAA stands at 2.49 over the course of 49 games.
The Senators are 5-1 in their last six Saturday games, but they have lost 16 of their last 21 games against a team from the Metro Division. The total has stayed UNDER in three of their last four road games.
The Flyers are 4-1 in their last five games against the Atlantic Division and they are 7-2 in their last nine home games against a team with a losing road record. The total has stayed UNDER in three of their last five games following a win.
Head-to-head in this matchup, the home team is 5-2 in the last seven meetings and the total has stayed UNDER in four of the last five games played in Philadelphia.
Ottawa Senators at Philadelphia Flyers Prediction
Ottawa continues to play with some sense of purpose despite missing the playoffs and the Flyers could be the scrappiest team in the NHL right now. This all adds up to another close battle this Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. I have the home team finding a way to win this game as well, but the "best bet" pick in my book is the UNDER on the total line.