These two clubs have seen 6 of their last 8 meetings go under the total including 4 of the last 5 played in Philadelphia.
Kudos to the Coyotes
The Phoenix Coyotes turned in a gutty performance last night at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. After losing their first 2 road games of the season and being outscored by 11-2 in the process, the Coyotes earned a huge 4-2 win over the Red Wings. It was by no means a fluke as they outshot Detroit 37-30 for the game. Mike Smith came up with a big effort in goal stopping 28 of 30 Detroit shots. Phoenix entered the night having lost 16 of their last 21 on the road with 11 of the 16 losses coming by 2-goals or more. In last night’s win Antoine Vermette had a goal and 2 assists while Derek Morris and Mikkkel Boedker each contributed a goal and an assist. Micheal Stone scored his first of the year with 4:47 left in regulation for the game winner. The Coyotes will have a couple of more obstacles to overcome tonight. They’re just 5-11 when in their last 16 when playing the 2nd game in as many days, and are just 1-5 in the last 6 following a win with both of those stats dating back to last season.
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The New Regime in Philly
It didn’t take General Manager Paul Holmgren long take to make a coaching change this season. After the Flyers got off to a 0-3 start head coach Peter Laviolette was fired and replaced by former Flyer tough guy Craig Berube. The Flyers rewarded Berube in his first game behind the bench with a 2-1 win on home ice over the Florida Panthers. The win improved the Flyers record to 1-3 on the year. All 4 of Philadelphia’s games this season have gone under the total. Berube needs to find a way for his team to create more offense as they’ve scored just 5-goals through the first 4-games. The Flyers power play is a dismal 2/19 (10.5%) so far. Steve Mason was in goal in the 2-1 win over Philadelphia and stopped 33 of 34 shots. Mason has been rock solid in 3 starts this season posting a 2.02 GAA and a .935 save percentage. The Flyers are 5-1 in their last 6 dating back to a season ago after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
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At the time of this writing there was no money line or total posted on this game. For my NHL picks, I do have a lean toward the Flyers in this spot. Philadelphia will be the more rested team in addition to coming off a momentum building victory at home under a new head coach. The Coyotes effort was admirable last night but with their recent history futility on the road, and playing with no rest, it’s not likely they’ll win 2 in a row with all considered.
Free Pick: Flyers over Coyotes