NHL Picks: Flyers vs. Maple Leafs

Mike Richardson

Monday, February 11, 2013 5:05 PM GMT

It could be a real winter warmer when the Flyers take on the Leafs in a red-hot Monday night NHL clash, with the chance of winning big money online (as always) just a click away.

The Flyers have just completed a very tidy home run, with three wins from their last four, a series that has seen them outscore the opposition 13-10, but so much for home comforts Philadelphia have their next six matches on the road, kicking off this Monday at the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs are also hot to trot, on a three game winning streak, where they have outscored the opposition 12-4. Too close to call? Maybe, but it's certainly worth throwing a little loose change on a draw at +280.

The final match in their four-game home stand saw the Flyers end up with seven out of a possible eight points. The latest victim to go down under the skates of the Flyers was the Carolina Hurricanes, who saw their two game winning streak busted, despite Joe Corvo scoring to force the overtime. It was the Flyers’ second victory over the ‘Canes inside seven days too.

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If you think that’s impressive…

On the very same Saturday the Toronto Maple Leafs laid on a mammoth 6-0 demolition of the Montreal Canadiens, in a battle royal of teams from north of the border! James Reimer had a 37-save shutout (his first shutout of the season and seventh of his career) and Leo Komarov got his first NHL goal after only 59 seconds into match. The game was all one way traffic and was all over bar the celebrating five minutes into the third, when Korbinian Holzer made it 5-0 to the Leafs.

Close is as close does.

Looking at the last ten games for these sides it (almost) couldn’t get any closer. Philadelphia are 5-4-1 while Toronto are 6-4-0. If you fancy a real thrill why not back the Leafs to win in OT, with hockey betting odds at +1600, just for the chance of making some big money. You should remember that the Flyers did the business over Toronto in four games last season, including that 7-1 massacre in on March 29, 2012 (the most recent match).

There will be goals and busy keepers!

This game might be well come down to the ‘keepers as the Flyers’ Ilya Bryzgalov is on a 2.27 goals-against average and .921 save percentage, and Reimer posts a 2.30 GAA and .929 save percentage. Of the top online sportsbooks that we follow, most have under 5.5 goals at -120 and over at +100, so they seem to fancy we’ll see a decent score.

Philadelphia are on a 3-0-1 stretch as they head into this six game road trip, but they are also carrying the baggage of a 1-5 road record with them. The Leafs are +130 on a win while the Flyers are +170.

Prediction: I’m going for a Toronto victory and a 4-2 scoreline available at +2000 with William Hill!

Take a look at our NHL Picks: Monday Night Hockey Plays for three more game predictions.