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Can the Philadelphia Flyers Take Down Red-Hot Canucks?



Bo Horvat, Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
Vancouver Canucks' Bo Horvat, left, and Philadelphia Flyers' Claude Giroux collide during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The Philadelphia Flyers will have themselves a big test on Tuesday night.

Riding off of a two-game sweep of the mighty Edmonton Oilers, the Vancouver Canucks come to town for a 6 p.m. clash.

The Flyers, meanwhile, sit at 1-1-0 after earning their first win of the season in Columbus on Thursday.

Travis Konecny scored two of his three goals while Scott Laughton picked up two assists in the win.

Vancouver, meanwhile, beat the Oilers via a four-goal game from Brock Boeser and two multi-assist showings from star center Elias Pettersson.

Can the Flyers stop the red-hot Canucks headliners in their home opener on Tuesday?

Vegas has Philadelphia at +110 to beat Vancouver in the first 2023-24 regular season game at the Wells Fargo Center.

The puck line sits at +1.5, which the Flyers are at -220 to cover.

Much like these $1 deposit free spins, that is a pretty good bet.

Philadelphia goalie Carter Hart has historically played well against Vancouver.

The Sherwood Park, Alberta native is 3-1-2 with a .919 save percentage and a 2.30 goals-against average in six games against the Canucks.

Those are above-average numbers for the 25-year-old, who has a career .905 save percentage and a career 2.96 goals-against average.

His numbers are currently inflated to a .891 save percentage and a 3.53 goals-against average after the Ottawa Senators blitzed the Flyers for five goals in their second game of the season on Saturday.

Three of the five goals Philadelphia allowed to Ottawa were on the power play.

Their penalty kill is currently tied for fourth-worst in the NHL at 66.7 percent.

Vancouver’s power play, meanwhile, is humming at an NHL-best 44.7 percent after their stars made quick work of the Oilers.

And that has been led by Pettersson, who is tied for the league lead in power play points with four.

He is +120 to score at any time, +900 to be the game’s first goal scorer and -122 to record an assist.

Star defenseman Quinn Hughes, who is tied for second in power play points with three, is the only player with higher odds to record an assist at -156.

He is +700 to score a goal at any time and +4200 to be the first goal scorer.

Meanwhile, Konecny is a good bet to get the Flyers on the board.

Sitting with the team-lead at four goals, Konecny is +200 to score at any time and is +1300 to score first.

Owen Tippett is also +200 to score at any time and +1400 to be the game’s first goal scorer.

Looking for a high-reward bet? Emil Andrae is at +1900 to record his first NHL goal at any time on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old scored six goals in 51 games in the Swedish league last season.

He is also +5000 to open the scoring.

Riding off of two high-octane offensive wins against Edmonton, the Canucks are going to be coming in with a lot of energy.

The Flyers will have the same type of energy during their home opener with all of the pomp and circumstance that comes with it.

There will be a lot of scoring chances on both sides in a game that likely goes down to the wire.

Bet wisely.

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