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Philadelphia Flyers vs Columbus Blue Jackets Betting Preview

Columbus Blue Jackets

Philadelphia Flyers
14-16-4 December 19, 2013, 07:00 PM | Wells Fargo Center 15-15-4

The Philadelphia Flyers will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Columbus Blue Jackets invade Wells Fargo Center on Thursday.

The Flyers sport a record of 15-15-4 heading into this matchup, while the Blue Jackets sit at 14-16-4 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 13-17-4 for the Flyers and 15-15-4 for the Blue Jackets.

View Columbus Blue Jackets vs Philadelphia Flyers Odds and Stats.

The Flyers were listed earlier today as -163 moneyline Favorite at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 5.5.

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

Last time out for Columbus, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Jets at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Jets at +110 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game PUSH for totals bettors.

Philadelphia won its last outing, a 5-2 result against the Capitals on December 17. Bettors who backed the Flyers at -114 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Philadelphia's No. 23-ranked offense, averaging 2.38 goals per game, against a Blue Jackets defense that ranks No. 19 at 2.79 goals allowed. The Flyers power play is averaging 17.83% while the Blue Jackets defense kills off 81.08% of their penalties.

A few Blue Jackets at Flyers trends to consider:
Columbus is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games on the road
Columbus is 2-6-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Columbus's last 9 games when playing Philadelphia
Columbus is 0-4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
Philadelphia is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 7 games
Philadelphia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Philadelphia is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Columbus

Next up:
Columbus home to Philadelphia, Saturday, December 21st