The Philadelphia Flyers are expected to improve on their 61-point season, according to oddsmakers.
FanDuel set the Flyers’ over/under at 78.5 points.
DraftKings is a little less optimistic, putting their over/under line at 76.5 points.
I’d put the bar at 75 points, with the stipulation it will be much higher if defenseman Ryan Ellis is able to play, say, 60 games.
The lower the point total, the better the odds of landing Connor Bedard, who is viewed as a generational player and the sure-fire No. 1 overall pick in next year’s draft. The Flyers should be draft-lottery candidates, along with Arizona, Chicago, Seattle, Montreal, San Jose, Buffalo, and Anaheim.
The Philadelphia Flyers, directed by new coach John Tortorella, open their season by hosting the New Jersey Devils on Oct. 13. The highlight of their early-season schedule is a Nov. 12 home game against Claude Giroux and the blossoming Ottawa Senators.
Giroux, of course, was the long-time Philadelphia Flyers captain. Expect an extravagant “welcome back” tribute for a player who finished second in franchise history in points (900), games (1,000), and assists (609).
Only Bobby Clarke topped Giroux in each of those categories.
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