There are just four games on the ice on Wednesday and we’ve got picks and previews of all of them. We’ve got a separate article up for the Canadiens-Blue Jackets affair and below are our NHL picks for the rest of the card.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Washington Capitals
The Flyers have been an awful road team this season, winning just six times in 29 games. That makes it hard to trust them against a Capitals team that is firing on all cylinders right now. Washington is 13-1-4 in their last 18 games. While the Flyers scored seven goals in their latest win, they had only scored 14 goals in their previous eight games and just nine in their last five road games (all losses).
The Caps have allowed just 10 goals in their last six at home and are playing airtight defensively in their own zone. That tips the scales to Washington’s favor – especially since the Flyers are expected to start Ray Emery in net. He’s 0-3-0 in his last four appearances against Washington with a 5.95 GAA and .850 save percentage. This game could be an under but instead, I’ll lay the puck line with the Capitals and expect a big win.
NHL Pick: Capitals -1.5 at 5Dimes
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Anaheim Ducks
Odds: Ducks -200
Although the Ducks have been the way better team than the Maple Leafs over the last few seasons, Toronto has actually dominated this series – believe it or not. The Leafs have won six straight versus Anaheim and have outscored them 29-12. The Ducks lost 6-2 to Toronto on December 16th. However, since that win, Toronto has dropped nine of 12.
It’s really tough to pick a side here as Anaheim should win but even though they’ve won 11 of their last 15 at home, every single one of those wins has been by one goal. They are making you sweat and at -200, we’re not interested in that.
The Leafs defense has perked up since they fired coach Randy Carlyle. They’ve cut down on the amount of shots they’re allowing, giving up just 22.0 per game over their last three, which is a huge contrast to the 34.4 they were allowing in their first four games. Under seems to be the right NHL pick here, as Jonathan Bernier is 5-0-1 with a 1.65 GAA in his last six versus the Ducks.
NHL Pick: Under 5.5 at The Greek
New Jersey Devils vs. Los Angeles Kings
Odds: Kings -250
The Los Angeles Kings found their defensive touch in their latest outing and now that they’re coming off a win, the price on the Stanley Cup champs has been jacked up big time. If you like them in this spot, you have to pay -250 on the NHL odds.
They’ve lost five of six, so I’m not interested in laying the juice here. Instead, I’ll look for an under. The Devils have scored just two goals in their last two games, and haven’t been doing much scoring as a whole this season (2.14 per game). They’ll be up against Jonathan Quick, who has a 1.23 GAA and three wins in his last four regular season meetings with New Jersey. As for the Devils, Cory Schneider should be between the pipes and he’s posted a 1.00 GAA in four career starts versus Los Angeles.
NHL Pick: Under 5 at BetOnline