Arizona Coyotes vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 1/4/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Philadelphia Flyers (22-14-5) at Arizona Coyotes (23-16-4)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Gila River Arena)
The Line: Arizona Coyotes -135 / Philadelphia Flyers +115 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Philadelphia Flyers and the Arizona Coyotes meet in NHL action from the Gila River Arena on Saturday night.
The Philadelphia Flyers will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 5-4 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights in their last outing. Claude Giroux opened the scoring for the Flyers 7:33 into the game before Vegas tied the game 1:09 later. The Golden Knights pushed ahead 3-1 with a pair of goals 1:19 apart later in the 1stbefore Travis Konecny pulled a goal back for Philly later in the period. Vegas would restore the two-goal lead with less than three minutes to go in the opening frame and go ahead 5-2 just before the midway point of the 2nd period. Sean Couturier pulled one back for Philadelphia just 2:31 later and added his 2nd goal of the game just :15 into the 3rd period. However, despite outshooting Vegas 13-10 in the 3rd, the Golden Knights held on for the win. Carter Hart took the loss, falling to 13-9-3 on the year after allowing all 5 goals on 33 shots faced in the losing effort.
The Arizona Coyotes will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 4-2 win over Anaheim last time out. Lawson Crouse opened the scoring for the Coyotes before Anaheim tied the game five minutes later. The Ducks took a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes of play with the lone goal of the 2nd period, but Christian Dvorak tied the game at two just :26 into the 3rd period. Brad Richardson and Carl Soderberg scored 1:02 apart to push the Coyotes ahead 4-2, a 4-2 lead that they’d ride to the final buzzer. Antti Raanta got the win to improve to 8-8-2 on the year after stopping 26 of 28 shots faced in the winning effort.
Philadelphia is 2-6 in their last 8 road games and 0-4 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-1-1 in their last 7 games overall. Arizona is 1-5 in their last 6 games following a win and 2-5 in their last 7 games as a home favorite while the over is 8-2 in their last 10 home games. The road team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
I considered Philly with the plus money, but the fact is that the Flyers are a different team away from home, and not in a good way. Arizona has been up and down this season and are barely below .500 at home, but the Coyotes are also a solid defensive team and are starting to get their act together again after stumbling for a bit over the last few weeks. I’ll lay the juice with Arizona at home here.