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Philadelphia Flyers take on Blue Jackets in hockey test

Philadelphia Flyers

Columbus Blue Jackets
25-20-6 January 23, 2014, 07:00 PM | Nationwide Arena 25-20-4

The visiting Flyers hope for a solid performance on Thursday as they look to steal a win at Nationwide Arena against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Blue Jackets sit at 25-20-4 on the season; in comparison, the Flyers are currently 25-20-6. Looking to wager on the totals? Columbus is 26-19-4 OU, and Philadelphia is 23-21-7 OU.

View Philadelphia Flyers vs Columbus Blue Jackets Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Philadelphia before puck drop in this match found them as 119-moneyline underdogs at 5Dimes. They saw an opening total of 5.5, ccording to BetOnline.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Blue Jackets rated this week at No. 13 and the Flyers sitting at No. 12.

The Flyers were a 3-2 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Hurricanes. That made winners of bettors who got Carolina at +120 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Last time out for Columbus, they were a 5-3 winner as they battled the Kings at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Blue Jackets at -104 were rewarded, while the 8 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Columbus's No. 8-ranked offense (2.92 goals per game) against a Flyers defense that ranks No. 19 at 2.88 goals per game allowed. The Blue Jackets powerplay has clicked at a 19.25% rate while the Flyers have a 84.24% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Philadelphia home to Boston, Saturday, January 25th
Columbus home to Buffalo, Saturday, January 25th