Two years ago, Taylor Hall and the New Jersey Devils were the talk of the National Hockey League. Hall would lead the Devils to the playoffs en route to the Hart Trophy as Most Valuable Player of the league. Since that time Hart has been battling various injuries and the Devils have lost NHL betting lines value as a result. By contrast the Philadelphia Flyers are feeling rejuvenated with the arrival of new head coach Alain Vigneault. The Flyers are reputed to have one of the best young rosters and goaltenders in the NHL. An opening night win over the Chicago Blackhawks has sparked optimism of a potential playoff season.
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- When: Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils Betting Analysis
Based on their lackluster performances of the past few seasons neither the Flyers or Devils offer much in the way of attraction to casual gamblers. And hard-core hockey handicappers would be split on the abilities and betting value of either side. There may be more wagering optimism over the Flyers but the jury remains out.
The Alain Vigneault era opened with a 4-3 win over the Blackhawks as Travis Konecny lit the lamp twice in the triumph. Goaltender Carter Hart was solid in turning away 28 Blackhawks shots. Hart impressed all in his rookie season last year and is by all accounts the Flyers answer to a goaltending question that has been a problem ever since the retirement of Ron Hextall decades ago. Vigneault brings the credibility of being a two-time conference championship coach with the Vancouver Canucks and Philadelphia Flyers. Another key asset for the Flyers is center Sean Couturier who posted 33 goals, 43 assists with a plus-2 last year. It was the second consecutive season that Couturier lit the lamp more than 30 times in a season.
New Jersey Devils
It has been a slow start for the Devils as they lost a regulation game and a shootout to start the Hockey season. Worst of all New Jersey blew a 4-0 home lead to the Winnipeg Jets last Friday night in a 5-4 shootout loss. At the start of this week Hall was questionable with an undisclosed issue. Adding to the Devils woes was that goaltender Corey Schneider had to leave the Winnipeg game due to cramps. Subsequently, backup netminder Mackenzie Blackwood let the roof cave in.
New Jersey and Philadelphia vs. the Odds
The Devils are:
- 6-14 in their last 20 games away from home
- 4-6-1 under the total on the road
- 12-8 in their last 20 head to head meetings with the Flyers
- 5-3 over the total in their series with Philadelphia
- 3-11 on the road against the Metropolitan Division
- 3-8-2 under the total at the Metropolitan Division
The Flyers are:
- 3-6 in their last nine games at the Wells Fargo Center
- 10-3 over the total in their last 13 home games
- 7-13 at Wells Fargo Center in their series with the Devils
- 3-11-2 under the total on home ice with New Jersey
- 3-14 on home ice against Metropolitan Division teams
- 8-2 over the total when hosting Metropolitan Division opponents
The Flyers and their fans are feeling good right now and why not. They are a much more appealing choice with the NHL betting lines as a team that is in sync.
New Jersey Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers NHL Odds Best Bet: Philadelphia Flyers
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