Rogers' 10* NHL TOTAL MASSACRE >> 5-0-1 NHL Run!
Philadelphia vs. Anaheim,
01/01/2017 20:00 EDT,
Score: 3 - 4
Total: -135/+5½ Under
The set-up: It's a three-game NHL card on Jan. 1 and the last game will be 20-14-4 Philadelphia Flyers taking on the 18-12-8 Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center. The Flyers will be looking to halt another post-Christmas skid, as they came out of the Christmas break losing the first five games two years ago, the first three last season and now the first two this year! The Ducks are happy to be home after surviving a brutal December schedule that saw them play 11 of their 15 games on the road, finishing 7-4-4 after Friday’s 3-2 overtime loss in Vancouver.
Philadelphia: The Flyers' No. 1 goalie Steve Mason, who has started 20 of the past 22 games, left the San Jose game (Friday night) at the first intermission after he was hit on an exposed part of his hand by the stick of Joe Thornton as the Sharks center was skating through the crease. Anthony Stolarz was solid in relief, stopping 21 of 22 shots on goal. Mason took shots during practice in Anaheim on Saturday morning and told reporters he would wait until Sunday morning to see how he felt. However, Stolarz (2-0-0, 1,79 GAA & .938 save percentage) is expected to get the start in the finale of a four-game road trip.
Anaheim: The frustration of the 3-on-3 overtime continued Friday for the Ducks, who fell to 0-7 in the five-minute period this season (with four of the losses coming in December) plus the Ducks are also 1-1 in shootouts this season. Anaheim has been able to earn points despite having its top offensive performers cool down, as leading scorer Ryan Kesler (31 points) has gone 11 games without a goal while captain Ryan Getzlaf has notched one point in his last five contests.
The pick: Philadelphia has followed a 10-game winning streak, the team's longest in 31 years, by losing five of six, getting shut out twice in the last three games. The Flyers haven't defeated the Ducks since a 4-3 win back on Dec. 2, 2011 and have gone just 1-7-3 in their last 10 games against the Ducks. Anaheim has won seven straight in the series, including a 3-2 win on Oct. 20. The Under is a 10* play.