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The Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks meet Monday in NHL action at the United Center. The Philadelphia Flyers need a win after losing 11 of their last 15 games. The Chicago Blackhawks need a win after losing 12 of their last 14 games.
The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 12 percent of their power play opportunities. Cam Atkinson leads Philadelphia with 23 goals, Travis Konecny has 35 assists and James van Riemsdyk has 172 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 75.3 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Carter Hart has allowed 137 goals on 1,441 shots faced, and Martin Jones has allowed 111 goals on 1,106 shots.
The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex DeBrincat leads Chicago with 40 goals, Patrick Kane has 65 assists and Seth Jones has 183 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 75.5 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Collin Delia has given up 19 goals on 182 shots faced, and Kevin Lankinen has allowed 102 goals on 899 shots.
The Flyers are 15-36 in their last 51 road games and 16-48 in their last 64 overall. The Blackhawks are 16-36 in their last 52 home games and 15-36 in their last 51 overall. The over is 3-0-1 in Flyers last 4 overall. The over is 6-2 in Blackhawks last 8 overall. The Flyers are 6-0 in the last 6 meetings. The home team is 21-5 in the last 26 meetings.
The Chicago Blackhawks are going to get the benefit of the doubt because they’re at home, and they’ve probably shown more this season overall. With that said, both of these teams are piling up the losses left and right, and they don’t have anything to play for right now. As Ive said in previous write-ups, with a matchup like this when both teams are losing out of control, I want the team that’s tagged with the more favorable price. If forced to pick a bottom feeder, give me the plus money. I’m not laying juice with a Blackhawks team that’s lost 12 of their last 14 tries. Give me the Flyers.