The NHL went feast or famine for scheduling the last week and after only three contests yesterday, we have robust dozen betting odds to look over for Thursday with important matchups.
Tomorrow we are down to just one offering, everybody is in action on Saturday, followed by just two tilts on Sunday. There are very important matchups all over the place in tonight’s action, however, the theme of this article is to come up with what this hockey handicapper considers are the three best NHL picks, not the three best games to watch and possibly wager on.
Thus, we will stick to the same format against the NHL odds and hope to nail down a trio of winners.
The Flyers (39-40 SU) got manhandled last night 3-0 in Detroit and return home still in pretty good shape to make the playoffs. Philadelphia has played one less game then the Red Wings and Boston, giving them edge if they win and seeing those two clubs are facing off tonight, a victory over Toronto (28-52 SU) is vital the Flyers.
The Maple Leafs have been playing like they already have their bags packed, losers of four in a row and six of seven and multiple defensive breakdowns has them permitting 3.4 goals a contest in this period.
After being strong on defense, Philly has been vulnerable in past two outings, allowing nine goals and returning home, they will try and tighten this up while securing a seat at the Stanley Cup table.
The Flyers are -230 home favorites and are 9-2 on home ice after a road loss and a perfect 5-0 if it was by two or more goals.
Free Pick - Philadelphia wins
The door is barely open, but it is not completely closed for San Jose (45-35 SU) to finish second in the Pacific Division. The Sharks have to win final two games and whoever loses tonight’s Anaheim and Los Angeles confrontation has to tumble twice in regulation time.
San Jose cannot concern themselves with what they cannot control and instead has to do quick damage control at a place that until this season has not been a problem since they became a perennial playoff contender.
The SAP Center was known as the Shark Tank long before the TV show, as San Jose devoured opposing teams in this building. The Sharks got off to an uncharacteristic 3-5 start at home and really have never recovered, owning a 17-22 SU record.