Flyers vs. Red Wings NHL Betting
By Rock Westfall
For the first time since 1983 the Detroit Red Wings missed the playoffs and they will be extending that streak to two next month. Worse still is that the Wings have appeared to have packed it in a month early. Mired in a horrible slump that is flooding gamblers with red ink Detroit is just five points out of the Eastern Conference basement. Also slumping are the Philadelphia Flyers although they are still firmly ensconced in the third Metropolitan Division playoff spot, at least for now. Detroit hosts Philadelphia on Tuesday night.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Detroit Red Wings
Date and Time: Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan
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Detroit has lost nine of their last ten games with three of their last five games going under the total. On one hand some may excuse such futility with the fact that the Wings have been on the road in 10 of their last 11 games. Those who are less politically correct would say that the team has quit on the season.
Also slumping is a Philadelphia team that has lost seven of their last nine outings. They have also gone under the total in three of their last five tilts. Rather than throwing in the towel the Flyers just may be running on an empty tank as with both of their top two goaltenders out of the lineup.
With a ranking of 29th the Flyers penalty killing unit has been a big problem all season and a key culprit in their current slump. However, the Red Wings 22nd ranked power play is not likely to take advantage. Detroit is equally ineffective on the penalty kill with a NHL rank of 22nd.
The Flyers goaltending tandem of Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth is out. Neuvirth has a lower body issue keeping him out of the lineup until early April. Elliott is on the injured list until late March with an abdominal problem.
Players to Watch
Detroit left wing Henrik Zetterberg is a magician with the puck and one of the most skilled players in the NHL. He has 10 goals and 37 assists on the season. Flyers left wing Claude Giroux has a team best 83 points with 26 goals and 57 assists.
Former Red Wing Petr Mrazek has been getting the majority of the work for the Flyers with Elliott and Neuvirth out. Acquired at the trade deadline from Detroit for a couple of draft picks he has a subpar save percentage of .887 and a 3.15 goals against average. As a result of Mrazek’s bad play Alex Lyon has been given an opportunity and has been the better netminder with a .913 save percentage and a 2.48 goals against average.
Jimmy Howard is the top Red Wings goaltender and has posted a .909 save percentage with a 2.87 goals against average. Backup Jared Coreau has a .863 save percentage and a 4.25 goals against average in three starts.
On enemy ice the Flyers have been impressive with a profitable mark of 19-12-2-3. Overall Philadelphia is 36-25-5-6 and in the third playoff spot in the Metropolitan Division. One impressive metric for the Flyers is their ranking of fourth for shots against.
Home ice has not been an advantage for the Red Ink Wings. At their palatial new home, the Wings are 13-14-7-1. Little Caesars Arena has seen the Red Wings go under the total in 21 out of 35 games. Detroit is 26-34-10-1 overall with 43 of their 71 games going under the total. Detroit ranks a terrible 28th in the NHL for goal scoring and 21st for goals against. A significant reason for the Red Wings terrible offense is their inability to generate shots. They rank a pathetic 29th in the league for shots on goal.
Flyers vs. Red Wings Free Picks
With both teams slumping the Flyers at least have something to play for. Detroit’s weak scoring depth lacks the ability to take advantage of the Flyers goaltending problems.
Flyers vs. Red Wings Pick: Bet the Philadelphia Flyers money line
Flyers vs. Red Wings Score Prediction: Flyers 3, Red Wings 1