Lightning-Flyers / Penguins-Devils / Rangers-Hurricanes
LIGHTNING (-160) at FLYERS (+140), 7 p.m.
The Lightning (45-11-4) head to Philadelphia to take on the Flyers (28-24-7) yet again in what we would bet will be another high-scoring bout. Goals totals in the last three match-ups, dating to last season, are 11, 11 and 13.
The Lightning could reach 100 points by the Feb. 25 trade deadline and will need to take down the Orange and Black here to have a chance to do so.
The Flyers are coming off of two consecutive victories in their home-and-home series with the Red Wings this weekend. G Carter Hart played in both games and secured both wins. Philly is riding a high but they should get brought back down to earth against the presumed President’s Trophy winners. The Lightning are fast, attacking and relentless. It should be another high-scoring game no matter who is in net, these teams just have each other figured out offensively.
Pick: Lightning To Win (-160)
Pick: Over 7
PENGUINS (-160) at DEVILS (+140), 7 p.m.
The Penguins (31-21-7) have dropped all three games so far this season to the Devils (23-28-8) as New Jersey looks to sweep Pittsburgh at home in their final meeting of the season. The Devils have been attempting to turn things around even though they are a little too late, but it is encouraging to see G Cory Schneider get back-to-back victories after going so long without one.
The Penguins have won three out of four following an 0-3-1 skid, but it seems NJ just has their number this season.
Pick: Devils To Win (+140)
RANGERS (+175) at HURRICANES (-210), 7 p.m.
The Hurricanes (31-22-6) have won three straight and are 9-2 over their last 11 and are battling with Columbus and Pittsburgh for the final East playoff spot. They are on a mission to make the postseason this year and beating teams like the Rangers is Step 1.
New York (25-25-8) has been an enigma all year. They show they can play up to their competition, but more often than not though they fall short. This could be just like that, especially against a Carolina defense that’s very good at keeping teams on the perimeter. The Rangers (18 goals in last four games) may find their goals but not enough for the W.
Pick: Hurricanes To Win (-210)