NHL Odds, Picks: Kraken vs. Flyers Betting Preview & Prediction (Sunday, Feb. 12)

NHL Odds, Picks: Kraken vs. Flyers Betting Preview & Prediction (Sunday, Feb. 12) article feature image

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  • The Flyers will be looking to bounce back from Saturday's loss as they host the Seattle Kraken on Sunday afternoon.
  • Seattle will also be looking to get back in the win column as it has lost three straight games.
  • Nick Martin digs into the matchup and offers up his best bet below.

Kraken vs. Flyers Odds

Kraken Odds-172
Flyers Odds+142
Time1:00 p.m. ET
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Seattle will look to avoid its first four-game losing streak of the season Sunday as it visits Wells Fargo Arena for a date with the Flyers.

The Kraken have been one of the better road teams in the league at 16-8-2 and are favored to take advantage of a lowly Flyers team skating the second leg of a back-to-back.

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Seattle Kraken

Seattle was never likely to be as lethal offensively as it looked throughout December and early January, when even strength shots were going in at a borderline historic rate.

Now, the opposite seems to be true. The Kraken have suffered through heavy offensive regression to start this road trip and have tallied just four total goals in losses to the Islanders, Devils and Rangers. On this trip, Seattle is scoring on just 4.42% of its shots on goal.

Save for a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of the Islanders, the Kraken's overall process has still looked very reasonable recently. In fact, this could be a good time to buy back in on the Kraken.

Seattle will be without leading scorer Andre Burakovsky for this contest, but should be skating at full strength otherwise, which leaves a wealth of talents for Philadelphia to keep in check.

Seattle makes up for a lack of superstar talent with an extremely deep and well rounded roster, which is scoring 3.48 goals per game (seventh in NHL).

It may not be a truly elite team the rest of the way, but Seattle's +17 goal differential and steady underlying numbers are both key indicators that the surprisingly strong first half of the season wasn't a fluke.

Martin Jones finally faltering in goal has been another reason Seattle has come back down to earth.

The battle for starts has become quite competitive with Philipp Grubauer displaying better form of late. I'd say it's actually more likely we see Grubauer start Sunday.

Grubauer has played to a +2.8 GSAx rating and a .898 save % through 18 games this season.

Philadelphia Flyers

Cam York, 22, has been displaying some really strong form of late and is one of few bright spots on what is a very concerning blue-line moving forward.

Over the past six games, Philadelphia owns an expected goals rating of just 43.71%, which has been par for the course of what was always going to be somewhat of a lost season due to the talent on the roster.

Goaltender Carter Hart has been brilliant for the Flyers, and could realistically be in the running for the Vezina this season on a better team. Hart has the sixth-best GSAx rating (+18) and a .913 save % through 39 appearances.

However, Hart hasn't started both legs of a back-to-back at any point this season, so it is safe to assume Felix Sandstrom will take the net Sunday.

Sandstrom has played to a -4.7 GSAx and a .886 save % in 10 appearances this season.

Kraken vs. Flyers Pick

Seattle's cinderella season has fallen off the rails recently, but this is the perfect spot for a deep Kraken team to get right with two points.

Philadelphia continues to get outplayed fairly consistently and matches up poorly versus teams with numerous lines capable of doing damage offensively.

On top of that, Philadelphia will likely be skating in front of Sandstrom, who is a significant drop off from Hart.

Official confirmation of that will likely move the betting prices, despite the fact that the chances Philadelphia chooses to go back-to-back with its best player is extremely slim.

At +112, we are being offered a great price to back Seattle. I would play a Kraken regulation win down to -105.

Pick:Seattle Kraken in Regulation +112 (Play to -105)

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