Date/Time: November 5th, 7:30 p.m. ET
Television: NBC Sports Network
It hasn’t been all that great of a regular season so far for either the Carolina Hurricanes or the Philadelphia Flyers. The two though, will meet on the NBC Sports Network in NHL betting action on Tuesday night in Raleigh.
The Flyers have had themselves a rough season offensively. They don’t have a player on the team that has more than seven points, and with C Vincent Lecavalier out of the lineup with a facial laceration, there isn’t a healthy player on the team with more than three goals to show for his 13 games of work. Not surprisingly, this is one of the more anemic teams offensively in the league through about a sixth of the season. Trying to score goals on the power play is nearly impossible. Philadelphia has only scored five power play goals all season long, and Lecavalier has put in three of those. The team ranks second to last in the league on the man advantage, scoring on 9.4 percent of its attempts, and between that and the lack of scoring prowess up front in general, and the end result is just 1.6 goals per game, second to last in the league.
The problem is that it really isn’t easy to want to get on the Carolina bandwagon either here. The Canes only have four wins to their credit this year, and they too, have massive scoring problems up from. LW Jeff Skinner is leading the team with nine points, but in carry with the theme of this game, he is on IR with an upper body injury. C Eric Staal should still be doing the job for Carolina, but he is getting up there in age and is certainly not the same player that he was three or four seasons ago. He has eight points, which is second on the team, but that clearly isn’t enough. The Canes also have an issue with their goalies. Both G Anton Khudobin and G Cam Ward are injured at the moment, and G Justin Peters has yet to win a game this season in five tries. His GAA is under .900, and his GAA is over 3.00, and those two stats are the death knell of any team regardless of how good or bad the team is that is in front of the goalie.
There are just too many issues here for Carolina to succeed in this game the same way that it did the first time that these two squads met up here at PNC Arena. The Flyers probably have the slightly better team as they come to the table right now, and the lack of scoring by this Philly team should be erased by the fact that Peters flat out stinks and quite frankly, always has.
Philadelphia Flyers @ Carolina Hurricanes Pick: Philadelphia Flyers
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