NHL Hockey Betting: Nashville Preadators at Philadelphia Flyers

NHL Hockey Betting:  Nashville Preadators at Philadelphia Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers saw their winning streak end at ten games with a loss to the Dallas Stars last time out. They’ll try to start a new streak on Monday as they host the erratic Nashville Predators. The Predators have had trouble finding any type of consistency but what else is new? That’s been the hallmark of the franchise for the past few years. At their best, they can play with any team in the league. At their worst, they’re a team that finds a way to beat themselves on a nightly basis. Their biggest problem this year has been their play on the road where they’re 3-9-2 on the season. They’ve also got 5 overtime losses and that doesn’t help either. The Flyers are a tough team to figure. They looked downright awful at the start of the season but they’ve roared back to life due to the play of Anthony Mason who was also terrible at the start of the year. Philadelphia fans are no doubt thrilled but they’ve seen this movie before–the Flyers have in the past gone on long winning streaks but in the big picture have had little to show for it.

The Predators will give Pekka Rinne the start here and he’s not looked particularly sharp over the past week or two. This is in contrast to his play earlier in the year where he was named NHL Player of the Month for November. The Predators will be without defenseman P.K. Subban here and that’s unfortunate as he’s finally finding his place with the team. Defenseman Anthony Bitetto is also out. The Flyers will respond with goaltender Steve Mason and he’s been playing out of his mind during the recent winning streak. His year to date stats aren’t great (13-9-3 with a 2.76 goals against average and a 0.905 save percentage) but his recent form is killer.

Flyers have controlled head to head play in this series winning the last three games and 4 of 5. They beat the Predators 4-2 in Nashville on 12/4/16 and until we see some signs that the visitor has found some traction the Flyers look like the play.