One of the dilemma’s of betting money lines like in hockey or baseball is when a team like the Philadelphia Flyers goes on an extended winning streak, do you jump on board and hope to catch or few winners or not?
The Philadelphia Flyers have won seven in a row to go from pedestrian 9-10-3 to 16-10-3 and near the top of the Metropolitan Division. What has caused this seismic shift and how long can it continue?
The driving force all year for the Flyers has been its offense, which is the third-best in the league at 3.2 goals a game. Leading the way is top point producers Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and leading scorer Wayne Simmonds. Philadelphia has great depth in its offense, with 10 players already have 10 or more points on the season.
Another factor is tremendous special teams play, as the Flyers have the No. 2 power play percentage in the league at 23.6. However, because of their offensive pressure, they lead the NHL in shot attempts and goals with a man advantage and have generated 24.7 percent more shots on goal than the median league-wide average.
In looking to make NHL picks at Intertops (A-rated) or some other sportsbook, you have to know the rest of this month Philadelphia will be on the road in six of nine games, so this streak will end soon. The Flyers are respectable 6-6 SU away from Wells Fargo Center and their offense remains at a high level, however, the defense really falls off, going from 2.88 goals allowed (at home) to 3.42 on the road.
Probably best to sit this one out and wish you would have climbed on board sooner.
Doug Upstone wrote this for www.sportsbookreview.com