Bet the Total for Devils vs. Flyers NHL Picks

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 12:24 PM GMT

The Flyers host the Devils on Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with the opening face-off scheduled for 7:35 PM ET. Let's take a look at the NHL betting odds, before we make our sports picks!

According to NHL betting odds the Flyers are a -140 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5. The Devils have won 9 of the last 12-games versus the Flyers. However, the Flyers have won 2 of the 3 meetings this season, and there’s been just 9-goals combined scored in those contests. These teams have seen their last 5 meetings in Philadelphia all go under the total. Philadelphia is currently 3rd in the Metropolitan Division, and 7th overall in the Eastern Conference. The Devils are 6th in the Metropolitan, and 11th overall in the Eastern Conference.

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Over the Total We Go

The New Jersey Devils enter tonight’s game having gone over the total in their last 6-games. During that 6-game over streak, Devils games have averaged a combined 7.8 goals scored per contest. The Devils have scored 4-goals or more in 5 of those last 6-games. Tonight will be the 1st of a 3-game in 5-day road trip for New Jersey. The Devils are just 12-22 versus the money line on the road this season.  Following the road trip New Jersey will play 9 of their remaining 13 regular season games on home ice. The Devils have earned at least 1-point in 16 of their last 22-games overall. Despite being 11th overall in the Eastern Conference New Jersey trails both Columbus and Detroit by just 2-points for the final playoff spot in the East. New Jersey leads the NHL by allowing opponents an average of just 25.4 shots on goal per game, and they’re 7th in the league allowing 2.4 goals per contest.

Flyers are Sailing

The Philadelphia Flyers enter tonight winners in 7 of their last 9 overall, and have earned at least 1-point in 8 of their last 9. After getting off to a miserable 2-7 start at home this season, the Flyers have bounced back to win 16 of the last 21 at the Wells Fargo Center, including 5 of the last 6. The Flyers have gone over the total in their last 5-games with an average of 8.8 goals per game being scored in those contests. Philadelphia has gone under the total in just 5 of their last 20-games overall. The Flyers last played on Saturday at Toronto, and they suffered a 4-3 overtime defeat at the hands of the Leafs.

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Final Analysis

Both of these teams have been playing on the high side in recent games. However, for whatever reason in their 3 head-to-head meetings this season, all have been low scoring affairs. I can almost assure you the public will be looking at the recent box scores of both clubs, and they don’t need much of an excuse at all to play any game to go over the total let alone this one. I am going to take the contrarian approach in this game, and predict this contest to play on the low side for our hockey picks.

NHL Pick: Devils/Flyers to go under the total of 5.5