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Will Kings collapse vs surging Flyers?

The suddenly hot Philadelphia Flyers are back in action tonight when they host the Los Angeles Kings. The Flyers have won six in a row and aren’t the laughingstock they once were when they dropped 10 straight games. Philly opened as a -110 favorite to dethrone the Kings, who are on a three-game losing streak.

SHARK BITES
  • The total has gone UNDER in eight of the Kings’ last nine games against teams with losing records.
  • The Kings are 4-1 SU in their last five games against the Flyers.
  • Philadelphia is 1-8 ATS in its last nine games at home.

The Flyers on paper have some great offensive firepower but it’s their defense that has stepped up during this win streak. They’ve outscored their competition 21-9 and gotten great goaltending from Brian Elliott. But before we hand them the Stanley Cup, it’s important to keep in mind who their competition was as only two of those six wins have come vs teams with winning records. Expecting Philly to get its seventh win in a row may be a difficult proposal for bettors as the Flyers are 1-5 SU in their last six games when hosting the Kings.

The Kings, on the other hand, seemed like they were on vacation when they rolled through the Tri-State as they were outscored 13-6 and dropped three straight duds. This is the antithesis of recent play by Los Angeles, which before this road trip had the best SU record on the road at 10-4. These recent losses have the Kings now tied with Vegas at the top of the Pacific Division and it may be an uphill battle for LA to snap out of it before they return to the Staples Center on Thursday.

The total opened at 5.5 and bettors should consider the UNDER. Both of these teams rank in the top 10 in goals allowed per game with the Kings ranking in the top spot (2.38). When you factor in that the UNDER has hit in three of the last four in this matchup, it makes it an easier decision to place a wager on a low-scoring affair.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the Philadelphia Flyers in this one found them earlier as -120 favorites on the NHL moneyline at Bet365. Betting the OVER/UNDER total instead? It was hovering near 5.5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

OddsShark computer prediction formulas pick a 3.7-1.5 win for the Flyers on Monday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Los Angeles Kings vs Philadelphia Flyers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Philadelphia Flyers are 14-11-7 so far on the season. The Los Angeles Kings, meanwhile, are 20-10-4. OVER/UNDER betting fans have seen Philadelphia go 15-15-2 and the Kings go 15-17-2 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Philadelphia vs Los Angeles injuries news.

This game puts the Flyers, most recently No. 24 in the OddsShark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Kings, who rate a No. 23 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Philadelphia's No. 22-ranked offense, averaging 2.84 goals per game, against a Kings defense that ranks No. 1 at 2.38 goals allowed. The Flyers power play is averaging 19.44% while the Kings defense kills off 86.73% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last action, Los Angeles was a 4-3 loser on the road against the Islanders. Bettors on New York at -141 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Philadelphia was a 2-1 winner in its last match at home against the Stars. They won as favorites, while the total score of 3 made winners of UNDER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Los Angeles is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Los Angeles is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 6 games
  • Los Angeles is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Philadelphia is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Philadelphia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Philadelphia is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games at home
  • Philadelphia is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Los Angeles home to Colorado, Thursday, December 21
Philadelphia home to Detroit, Wednesday, December 20

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