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Flyers vs Blue Jackets Hockey Game Preview

Philadelphia Flyers

Columbus Blue Jackets
16-15-4 December 21, 2013, 07:00 PM | Nationwide Arena 14-17-4

Hockey bettors look for value at Nationwide Arena on Saturday as host Columbus battles the Philadelphia Flyers in hockey odds action.

The Blue Jackets sit at 14-17-4 on the season; in comparison, the Flyers are currently 16-15-4. Looking to wager on the totals? Columbus is 16-15-4 OU, and Philadelphia is 14-17-4 OU.

View Philadelphia Flyers vs Columbus Blue Jackets Odds and Stats.

Hockey odds makers at 5Dimes opened the Blue Jackets as -126 moneyline Favorite in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 5.5 at BetOnline.

The Blue Jackets sit at No. 24 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Flyers sit at a No. 7 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Columbus's No. 17-ranked offense (2.6 goals per game) against a Flyers defense that ranks No. 15 at 2.77 goals per game allowed. The Blue Jackets powerplay has clicked at a 18.75% rate while the Flyers have a 83.1% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Flyers at Blue Jackets trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Philadelphia's last 8 games
Philadelphia is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 5 games on the road
Philadelphia is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Columbus
Columbus is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Columbus's last 5 games
Columbus is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
Columbus is 2-7-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing Philadelphia

Next up:
Philadelphia home to Minnesota, Monday, December 23rd
Columbus at Hartford , Monday, December 23rd