Caution Advised When Taking the Flyers in Sports Betting

December 1, 2010 Sports Betting

Sports betting on the Philadelphia Flyers might not be the wisest course of action in the near future as the Flyers will be forced to use their third string goalie.

The Flyers lost starter Ray Emery to injury earlier this season and now they will be without backup Michael Leighton.  Making an Internet sports betting wager on the Flyers might be a little bit risky right now.

Sports betting results indicated that the Flyers lost 4-3 in a shootout to Nashville on Tuesday.  In that game, Leighton was injured as he suffered a high ankle sprain.  He was replaced by Brian Boucher. Leighton is expected to miss 8-10 weeks so that really ends his season. The Flyers will now have to count on Boucher or they will have to find another goalie.  Boucher is the starter for now with Jeremy Duchesne the backup.

Philadelphia has survived this season even without great goaltending.  Emery played pretty well before getting hurt while Leighton had been solid.  How much confidence the team can have in Boucher though is in serious question. Leighton was 16-5-2 with a 2.48 GAA and .918 save percentage with the Flyers. Boucher has been a starter in the past but his recent play really doesn’t lend a lot of confidence to him playing well as the starter in goal.

Philadelphia plays at Atlanta on Saturday and then the face the Thrashers again on Sunday in the back end of a home and home.  Philadelphia had a six point lead over the Rangers in the Eastern Conference standings.  The Flyers were in 7th place in the standings.  The concern for the Flyers will be if they can hold on to a playoff spot with a third string goalie.  A further concern is whether they have any chance to win in the playoffs with Boucher in goal.

The Flyers have a decent offense as they are 7th in the league in goals scored.  What gamblers may want to consider is taking Philadelphia games over the sports betting total.  The Flyers were 13th in goals allowed but that number is almost assuredly going to go down.  With a third string goalie it is more likely that the Flyers will play some high scoring games. That would mean taking the over might be worth a look as you bet on Philadelphia games in Internet sports betting.