The Philadelphia Flyers have moved to within five points of the top spot of the Metropolitan Division after posting an 11-4-1 record in their last 16 games and will try to sustain their charge when they host the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. The Flyers are coming off a grind out 4-3 overtime victory in Columbus on Thursday and will face the Jets to commence a three-game homestand.
The Jets will play their second game of a four-game road trip when they land in Philadelphia. The trip is off to a good start as they asserted their mastery over the Senators in Ottawa on Thursday, 5-1. That now makes it three wins in a row bridging to Sunday’s and Tuesday’s wins against the Blackhawks and Kings, respectively, that capped a previous six-game homestand. They will aim for a fourth straight win against the Flyers, whom they dominated in their previous meeting on December, 7-3.
Kevin Hayes came to the rescue on Thursday as he scored in overtime against the Blue Jackets to sweep them in their home-to-home series which started with a 5-1 drubbing in favor of the Flyers. While the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals go back-and-forth in the first and second spots in the Metropolitan, the Flyers are silently digging up their way to join the mayhem above the division.
Odds and Trends
According to the updated NHL Vegas Odds, Philly will kick things off at home on a winning note, tagged as favorites at -150 to win. The Jets are offered at +130.
The Jets are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1-day rest and 4-1 in their last 5 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
The Flyers are 5-1 in their last 6 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Over is 3-1-1 in Jets last 5 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game and 6-1 in Flyers last 7 vs. a team with a winning record.
Under is 4-1 in Jets last 5 overall.
Jets win, 4-2
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