It is Super Bowl Sunday and the NHL like the NBA is getting its games over early to steer clear of the big game. We have the betting odds for all three contests and are ready to make selections.
To recap yesterday, it was our first bad day in four weeks against the NHL odds. When you pick games daily, you are going to run into some of these. Still have won 16 of 21 days and while it will not be easy, we will do our best to get back on winning track today for NHL picks. Enjoy the Super Sunday!
It is never easy for NHL teams to play three games in four days, especially when the last two are back to back, yet this what Philadelphia (23-27 SU) and Washington (37-13 SU) have to do for this just after noon Eastern start on NBC. At least both teams played yesterday afternoon which gave them a little extra rest and they needed it with the Flyers losing to the Rangers in a shootout and the Capitals escaping in the same method against New Jersey.
Washington at least will be home where they are 19-6 SU, but chances are it will be another rugged challenge. Philadelphia has won in their last two visits to the Verizon Center, including 4-3 12 days ago. Though the Flyers lost yesterday, its power play continues to percolate, scoring 34.5 percent of the time, nearly double season average of 18.8 and they have tallied at least one score in this method in seven straight contests. The Caps special teams have been shorting out, as the league’s top power play is 0-15 presently and their penalty killers have fallen to fifth in allowing five goals in 16 attempts.
The Flyers have won seven of last nine games in this series and deserve at least minor consideration, but Washington is the best team league and Philly is 2-9 on the road playing third time in four days.
Free Pick – Washington wins
Both the Islanders and Edmonton (21-32 SU) were throttled on the road yesterday by 5-1 scores and will seek to place that one behind them quickly. New York (26-24 SU) was in a difficult scheduling spot have defeated Detroit at home 12 days prior and their starting goalie Jaroslav Halak did not have it was pulled midway through the second period Saturday after surrendering four goals on 13 shots.