Unless a team is able to charge out of the gate and surge right to the top of the division from the off, the road to the playoffs is usually one that is very difficult to traverse. Just getting in is enough for some teams, especially those who are currently on the outside looking in at this late stage of the season. For others, it’s all about making sure that they land in the top 3 in the division, as that means not getting sucked into the madness that is the Wild Card race. Getting into those top 3 spots usually means having a good record against the other teams in the division. It is a solid divisional record that has the Philadelphia Flyers sitting in the #3 spot in the division. They will have another divisional game on Thursday night when they go up against the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second time this week. This is an opportunity for the Flyers to complete the regular season sweep over the Blue Jackets. It is Columbus who are favored by 1 ½ at home, with the goal total for this one set at 5 ½. Let’s see how the NHL odds will be for the Flyers vs Blue Jackets.
Flyers vs Blue Jackets 2020 NHL Game Preview & Betting Odds
- When: Thursday, February 20 at 7:08 PM EST
- Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus
- Radio: Philadelphia / Columbus
- TV: NHL TV
- NHL Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets -1.5 / Total 6
Why bet on the Philadelphia Flyers
The Metropolitan Division has basically split apart when it comes to the battle for playoff spots. The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals are pulling away at the top of the division, but after that, things get a little crazy. Right below those two, you have 4 teams all separated by a single point. The Philadelphia Flyers are currently holding down the #3 spot with a record of 33-20-7. Their 73 points has them ahead of the 3 teams directly below them by just a single point. The Flyers have gone 11-4-4 against division opponents this season, which includes 3 wins against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Philly has gone 6-3-1 in their last 10 games, but they have not been at their best on the road this season, going 13-15-3 in games away from home.
- Goals: 3.3
- Shots: 31.48
- PP/PK Percentage: 20
- Goals: 2.97
- Shots: 28.52
- PP/PK Percentage: 18.13
Why bet on the Columbus Blue Jackets
The Columbus Blue Jackets are heading in the wrong direction right now, coming into this one on a 6-game losing skid that has taken them to 3-3-4 in their last 10 games. They are at the bottom of the group of 4 in the Metropolitan Division, but a win here could potentially catapult them all the way up to third. The problem that they have here is that they have been poor against the Flyers this season, losing all 3 previous meetings, outscoring them 15-6 in those games. In home games this season, the Blue Jackets have gone 18-11-3 SU, although just 15-17 ATS in those outings. On the plus side, they are 13-2 SU in their last 15 home games against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
- Goals: 2.56
- Shots: 32.39
- PP/PK Percentage: 16.37
- Goals: 2.54
- Shots: 29.48
- PP/PK Percentage: 17.53
Flyers vs Blue Jackets NHL Betting Trends
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia’s last 6 games.
- Philadelphia are 10-5 SU in their last 15 games.
- Philadelphia are 7-13 SU in their last 20 games against Columbus.
- The total has gone OVER in 10 of Philadelphia’s last 11 games on the road.
- The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Columbus’ last 17 games.
- Columbus are 0-6 SU in their last 6 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 7 of Columbus’ last 8 games against Philadelphia.
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Columbus’ last 5 games at home.
Flyers vs Blue Jackets Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
In the 3 previous meetings between these two this season, we have seen an average of 7 GPG, so there is a very good chance that this one goes OVER the goal total. I am on the Flyers to pile on the misery for the Blue Jackets in this one.
Philadelphia Flyers 5 Columbus Blue Jackets 2