The good news is we’ve got previews of all of them with two below for our NHL picks and the Vancouver Canucks-Calgary Flames contest highlighted in it’s own article.
Record: 6-12 (-295)
Philadelphia Flyers @ Carolina Hurricanes
The Flyers have not had a good start to the 2013-14 season. While most people expected their offense – which took the year off last season – to get back to business this year, that hasn’t been the case. Through two games, they have scored just two goals. Those two tallies have come on the power play, which means that the Flyers have yet to score an even strength goal this season.
It’s a tough game to handicap because I really don’t want to take a struggling Flyers team that’s shown nothing through two games and is in a back-to-back situation. However, they were a bad team last season and still won three of the four meetings with Carolina. Overall, they’ve won 20 of the last 22 in this series and have owned Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward. Ward is 1-8-2 with a 3.56 GAA in his last 11 home starts against the Flyers.
It’s hard to read the total since the Flyers offense hasn’t played as expected this season. Will they still thrive against Carolina, who they’ve always played well against? Or are they mired in a slump right now? That makes it hard for people who make their sports picks to render a decision on the total. Instead, I’ll give the Flyers one more chance. As a road dog on the NHL odds, I’ll take them in this spot given their history in this series.
NHL Pick: Flyers +111 at Pinnacle
Anaheim Ducks @ Winnipeg Jets
I’ve been fairly impressed with the Winnipeg Jet so far this season. They’ve won their first two games and appear to be a much-improved team. Last season, they struggled on offense, lacked experience and were short on mental toughness. They’ve showed scoring and spine through two games, coming from behind to beat the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday and then handling the Los Angeles Kings on Friday. So far, they’ve tallied 10 goals.
That figures to be a challenge for Anaheim, who has had problems slowing down their opponents. Anaheim gave up six goals to Colorado in their opener and then three more to Minnesota in their second game. Another challenge facing the Ducks is that that second game came on Saturday night, which puts them in a back-to-back situation while the Jets have been resting since Friday.
For people making their sports picks, over and the Jets both look like good plays. I’ll just stick with the side and lay some juice with the Jets. It’s a bit of a trek for Anaheim to go from Minnesota to Winnipeg overnight and they might be worn down – especially since they went to overtime last night.
NHL Pick: Jets -125