The Red Wings won outright 4-1 on Tuesday, where we were catching half a puck, to run our Best Bet record to 9-2 in our last 11 games.
Unfortunately, the Leafs and Blue Jackets both lost in our other plays.
We were 2-1 with our opinions so hopefully, you were able to cash a ticket there if you agreed with our leans on the Canadiens or Flyers TT u2.5.
On to Thursday as we wind down the regular season – there are only 3 days remaining.
Tonight we have our Best Bet plus 4 opinions on an NHL card which includes 12 games.
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The Flyers have to be the streakiest team in the NHL over the past few seasons. Last year, they directly followed up a 10-game losing streak with a 16-5-1 run over their next 22 games, then ran off an 11-game unbeaten streak later in the year. This season, they lost eight straight after the Christmas break, then went on an 8-game winning streak from Jan. 14 to Feb. 4.
Now that the Flyers’ playoff hopes have been squashed, they’ve gone into one of those downward spirals again. Philadelphia’s won just three games in its last 11 outings, and two of those victories came in OT or a shootout. But the even bigger slump might be their offensive play. If you remove an empty-net goal against Chicago from the equation, the Flyers have scored 2 goals or less in eight of their last nine games. Over that nine-game stretch, they’ve scored just 15 goals in regulation, excluding that empty netter against the Hawks.
We’d love to fade the Flyers tonight against a St. Louis team that still has an outside shot at winning the Central. However, this is a really tough spot for the Blues, who are not only coming off an OT loss last night in Chicago but are also playing their fifth game in seven days. St. Louis is also in a bit of an offensive rut of its own, managing just 12 regulation time goals in its last 5. We expect the tired Blues to slow things down and make their struggling visitors earn anything they get, requiring an effort from the Flyers that we’re not sure they’re willing or interested enough to invest.
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Other thoughts and opinions:
- Canadiens at Capitals: It’s an obvious must-win situation for the Canadiens, but the Capitals haven’t quite locked up the Metro yet either. With Montreal struggling to score goals on the road (13 regulation time goals in their last seven away from home, excluding empty netters) and how well the Caps play defensively at home, the Under 6 -111 seems worth a look. Beware, though, that if Montreal is down two or even three goals in the third period, the Habs may pull their goalie for an extra attacker a lot earlier than usual.
- Devils at Hurricanes: This may look like a gimme for the hungry Hurricanes, but we don’t think New Jersey just rolls over here. The Devils are 3-1-1 in their last five and have allowed more than three non-empty netters just twice in their last 10, and they’ll relish the opportunity to play spoiler tonight. Excluding empty netters, the Canes have scored 3 or less in eight of their last nine. Hurricanes Team Total Under 3.5 +102 nearly made our card here.
- Canucks at Predators: The Preds may be 6-2-1 in their last nine games, but they’re still not scoring many goals. They’ve potted just 10 in their last six games, and have managed more than 3 non-empty netters in regulation time just ONCE in their last 18. That won’t make it easy to get much separation from a Canucks team playing with energy (6-3-1 in their last 10), especially with Vancouver allowing more than 3 goals just once in its last 13 road outings. At +140, Canucks +0.5 in regulation time looks like a very appealing play.
- Jets at Avalanche: The Avs have won five straight at home and are 7-1-1 in their last nine overall, while the Jets have been little more than a .500 team in the second half of the season. Winnipeg’s also lost five straight in Denver, where the Avs have held eight of their last nine visitors to two regulation time markers or less. Avalanche moneyline -117 is the only other bet we’re considering for tonight.
Good luck tonight!