Anaheim Ducks vs. Philadelphia Flyers
NHL Betting Prediction: Philadelphia -111 odds (October 20th 2016)
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5th straight road game for the Ducks, who have opened 0-3-1…My free play is on the Phi Flyers at 7:05 ET.5
The Anaheim Ducks knew it would be no walk in the park to begin their season, as the schedule opened with a five-game road trip. The good news is this trip finally ends with a stop in Philadelphia on Thursday but the bad news is that the Ducks are still looking for their first win (0-3-1). Sami Vatanen gave Anaheim its first lead of the season on Tuesday with a power-play goal for his 100th career point but the team never scored again in a 2-1 loss. “We just can’t put the puck in the net,” Vatanen said. “When we open the ketchup bottle, it will start to go in.”
Meanwhile, Philadelphia (1-1-1) has scored 3.7 GPG but that impressive number is not good enough when the club has yielded 4.3 GPG, to rank 28th in the league. Michal Neuvirth allowed four goals on 16 shots to earn an early exit Tuesday in a 7-4 setback in Chicago (Philly lost 4-3 in OT at Arizona last Saturday night). Like Anaheim, Philadelphia has opened on the road but after a three-game trip, returns for its home opener. It should be an emotional night, as the Flyers play their first-ever season opener at Wells Fargo Center without their late founder, Ed Snider, who died in April after a long battle with bladder cancer. A banner will be raised and a video tribute played before the game.
More good news comes Philly’s way with the return of Brayden Schenn, who finished serving his three-game suspension for his hit on Washington’s T.J. Oshie in the playoffs. “It’s never fun to be out of the lineup. You always want to be out there, trying to help your team,” said Schenn. He was the Flyers’ second-leading scorer with 26 goals last season. The Ducks will be playing their fifth consecutive road game to start the year and many of their problems have self-inflicted. Anaheim committed seven penalties, including five in the second period, to drop their fourth straight game on Tuesday. “We talked about it from the start of the season, that discipline was going to have to be a focal point for our group,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said, according to the Orange County Register. “And if we weren’t going to be more disciplined — and our history has been that we’ve been one of the most penalized or a majority of this group has been one of the most penalized teams minor-wise in the league — you’re not going to be a quality team, a playoff team if you’re going to continue to do that.”
No reason to expect Anaheim’s fortunes to change here. Philly wins one for Ed Snider.