Flyers, Blues Deal Before East-West Clash

The NHL trade deadline has come and gone, and just about every team was involved, including the two teams who will be featured Thursday night on the NHL Network: the St. Louis Blues (40-18-2-3, 29-34 ATS for plus-2.61 units at press time), and the Philadelphia Flyers (27-25-4-7, 35-28 ATS for plus-0.99 units). Game time in Philly is 7:00 PM ET. The Blues are in a fairly comfortable spot in the Western Conference, holding down second place in the Central Division. They acquired defenseman Zbynek Michalek from the Arizona Coyotes and forward Olli Jokinen from the Toronto Maple Leafs; Michalek is the key addition here, with his plus-2.5 Defensive Point Shares for Arizona. The Flyers have a lot more work to do in the East. They’re in fifth place in the Metropolitan Division and need to make a run to grab a Wild Card berth. But Philadelphia may have thrown in the towel after shipping out defensemen Braydon Coburn and Kimmo Timonen. The trades look promising for the Flyers in the long run, but they won’t help them beat St. Louis on Thursday. Philly was already No. 23 in the NHL at 2.79 goals allowed per game.