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Giroux Suspension Impacts Betting

When Ilya Kovalchuk sat out Game 2 for the Devils, the line swung in Philadelphia's favor but New Jersey still won.

With Claude Giroux sitting out Game 5 with a suspension, the line has moved in New Jersey's favor - can the Flyers shake off his absence to win and force a Game 6?
The Philadelphia Flyers will try to stave off elimination on Tuesday night as they hit the NHL betting lines at home down 3-1 to the New Jersey Devils in their second-round playoff series.

The Flyers lost Game 4 of the set as small road favorites on Sunday night, falling 4-2 despite a 39-save effort from Ilya Bryzgalov. Martin Brodeur made 20 saves in the win for the Devils.

The Devils will try to spoil to the party on Tuesday; they are 48-28-6 this season, while the Flyers are 47-26-9. New Jersey is 37-34-11 on the totals; Philadelphia is 43-37-2.

View New Jersey vs Philadelphia Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Devils listed as underdogs of +150 at most sportsbooks such as Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 5.5, depending on the book.

Power Rankings:
It's a hockey betting matchup between the No. 3-rated Flyers and the No. 8-ranked Devils, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Philadelphia's No. 3-ranked offense (3.2 goals per game) against a Devils defense that ranks No. 8 at 2.5 goals per game allowed. The Flyers powerplay has clicked at a 19.7% rate while the Devils have a 89.6% rate on the penalty kill.

Last time out for Philadelphia, they were a 4-2 loser as they battled the Devils on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Devils at -101 were rewarded, while the 6 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

New Jersey Devils Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Buffalo are 2-8
After playing Philadelphia are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

Philadelphia Flyers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing Tampa Bay are 9-1
After playing New Jersey are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3


A few Devils at Flyers trends to consider:
New Jersey is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
New Jersey is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Philadelphia
New Jersey is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
New Jersey is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
Philadelphia is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games when playing at home against New Jersey
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Philadelphia's last 17 games
Philadelphia is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 9 games at home

Next up:
New Jersey home to Philadelphia, Thursday, May 10