Philadelphia Flyers at Ottawa Senators - 3/18/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Philadelphia Flyers at Ottawa Senators - 3/18/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Ottawa Senators (21-34-5) vs Philadelphia Flyers (18-30-11)

Game Info: Friday, March 18, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)

Betting Odds: Ottawa Senators -111 / Philadelphia Flyers -111 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Ottawa Senators host the Philadelphia Flyers in Friday NHL Action.

The Philadelphia Flyers come into this road contest with an overall record of 18-30-11. Through 59 games, the Flyers are 8th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 148 times, good for a rank of 32nd among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Philadelphia is the 24th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.42 goals per game. So far, the Flyers have a strength of schedule rating of 3rd in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 29th ranked team in the NHL.

The Ottawa Senators get set to host the Philadelphia Flyers with an overall record of 21-34-5. This mark places them 7th in the Atlantic division. Through 60 games, the Senators have scored 158 goals, giving them an average of 2.62. This output gives them a rank of 28th among NHL teams. On defense, Ottawa is the 22nd ranked unit, giving up 3.28 goals per contest. So far, the Senators have played the toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Ottawa's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 25th in the NHL.

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Through 59 games, the Philadelphia Flyers goal and overall scoring leader is Cam Atkinson with 45 points. He has reached his mark of 22 goals, on a shooting percentage of 12.4%. So far, 9.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Claude Giroux, who has 24 assists to go along with his 18 goals. However, when on the ice, the Flyers are -11 in scoring differential. Philadelphia's top goalie is Carter Hart, who is giving up an average of 2.97 goals per game.

Coming into this game, the Ottawa Senators leader in points is Brady Tkachuk. In Ottawa's 60 games, he has come up with 20 goals and 24 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 9.6%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Joshua Norris. Of his 24 goals, 46.0% have come during power play time. However, when on the ice, the Senators are -6 in scoring differential. Ottawa's top goalie is Anton Forsberg, who is giving up an average of 2.84 goals per game. In his 30 games played, he has turned in 17 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

On the season, the Philadelphia Flyers have a per-game scoring differential of -0.98. Things haven't gone any better on the road as they losing road games by an average of -1.37 goals. As the Philadelphia Flyers get set to take on the Senators, they have a below .500 record over their past five games, going 2-3. During this stretch, they have scored 13 goals, accounting for 43.0% of the scoring in these contests. Even though the team is not finding success in the win column, they come into this game playing well on offense. In their past five games, they have outscored their average of 2.51 goals per game 3 times. On the other side, even though the Senators also have a negative scoring margin, they come into this game playing better on offense. Look for Ottawa to pick up the win.

 

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Joe’s Pick Senators -111

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