NHL Picks: Flyers vs. Senators

David Lawrence

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 3:02 PM GMT

The Philadelphia Flyers and Ottawa Senators both enter their Tuesday matchup with some momentum. The Flyers are 4-3-1 in their last eight while the Sens enter on a three-game winning streak. We’ll see which team can keep it rolling as they both try to climb up the Eastern Conference standings.

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The Philadelphia Flyers can win because…

They’ve been playing respectably as of late. Considering the Flyers lost nine of their first 12 games, the fact that they are 2-1-1 in their last four shows a sign of improvement.

Beyond that, though, who wants to lay -170 with Ottawa these days? The Sens are just 3-3-2 at home this season, which means they’ve cost you quite a bit if you’ve been adding them to your sports picks. Sure, they’ve won two straight at home but before that, they had lost their previous five home games, which includes losses to the New York Islanders, Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers. If those teams can win in Ottawa, so can Philadelphia.

The Ottawa Senators can win because…

They’ve gotten back to business. With Craig Anderson out, backup goaltender Robin Lehner has stepped in and brought the team back to their roots: good defense and good goaltending. Lehner, who is the NHL’s first star of the week, has helped the Sens win three straight by allowing just four goals in those contests. Anderson has a GAA of 3.14 and simply isn’t giving the team the same chance to win. Lehner has stepped up and the team has rallied around him.

People who make their NHL picks should expect the low-scoring Flyers to be the next team to be muzzled by the rejuvenated Senators. Philly has scored just 26 goals this season, which is by far the fewest in the NHL.

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Outlook & Pick

This looks like a good under bet. Lehner is playing well and so is the defense in front of him. As for the Flyers, they don’t score much (1.63 goals per game). This total should really by 5.0 instead of 5.5. Take the under on the NHL odds.

NHL Pick: Under 5.5 at Bookmaker