NHL Top Plays - Monday, March 18
The following is a brief betting preview and free NHL pick for each.
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay
Philadelphia continues to search for some sense of consistency this season after going 5-5 in its last 10 games. It is coming off a two-game series against New Jersey with each team successfully defending its home ice. The concern for this game is the Flyers 4-11 record on the road this season.
The Lightning have done an excellent job at lighting-up the scoreboard this season with an average of 3.3 goals-per-game which is ranked second in the NHL. The problem has been numerous breakdowns on defense that have resulted in a goals-against-average 0f 3.0.
BetOnline has opened Philadelphia as a slight 102 road underdog but it is 4-1 in its last five games against the Southeast Division and 4-1 in its last five games against a team with a losing record. The Flyers fully realize that they need to start stringing together some wins and take a step in the right direction tonight.
Chicago at Colorado
Chicago will get a chance to avenge a 6-2 loss to the Avalanche on March 8 that brought an end to its amazing 24-game consecutive point streak. Since that loss the Blackhawks have gone 2-1 while scoring a total of 15 goals in the three games.
Colorado’s win over Chicago was just its third in its last 10 games. The Avalanche bring a three-game losing streak in this matchup in which they have been outscored 15-7. They are now ranked 26th in the NHL in goals allowed; giving-up an average of 3.1 a game.
The total for this game has been set at 5.5 but a play on the OVER could be the best way to go in this matchup considering the recent scoring trends for both teams. If playing a side, stick with Chicago despite being a 145 favorite on the road as you can rest assured that the result of the last meeting between the two is still very fresh on their mind.
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San Jose at Anaheim
The Sharks will have the unenviable task of facing the hottest team in the NHL right now. Adding to the plate is the fact that they come into this Pacific Division showdown with just one victory in their last five games and a 4-8-2 record on the road this season.
Anaheim’s latest run has it just five points behind Chicago for the top spot in the Western Conference with a total of 44. An overall record of 20-3-4 has opened a 12-point lead in the division over Los Angeles and it has gone 11-1 at home this season.
The Ducks have been opened as 150 home favorites for this game so the risk/reward in picking them to win is a bit high, but well worth the chance. They have won seven of the last nine meetings overall and are 4-1 against the Sharks in the last five games at home.