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Washington Capitals’ Brett Connolly, left, scores past Philadelphia Flyers goalie Carter Hart, and Ivan Provorov, on March 14, 2019. (Tom Mihalek)
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Flyers, Rangers & Devils go to Canada, Dietel picks the best bets 

Flyers @ Maple Leafs, Rangers @ Flames, Devils @ Canucks

Craig Dietel

Craig Dietel

Flyers (+175) @ MAPLE LEAFS (-210) 7:00pm
Pick
: Maple Leafs (-210)

The road woes will continue for the Flyers (34-28-8) tonight on the back end of a back-to-back. They lost to the Capitals last night which does not bode well for their post season chances as these last few points down the stretch are the most crucial if they want to sneak into the wild card 2 spot. Things are looking bleak for Philadelphia fans. With the news of Nick Foles new signing earlier this week and now what looks like no playoff hockey in Wells Fargo Center, things are looking bleak.

The Maple Leafs (42-23-5) are looking to rebound from their 2-game losing streak. They will meet the pissed off Flyers tonight and should be able to take advantage of the matchup. The Leafs are pretty much locked into playing the Bruins come playoff time but they will try to push for home ice advantage. There’s more at stake for the Leafs tonight, we think they come out ready to play.

Rangers (+240) @ FLAMES (-300) 9:00 pm
Pick: Flames (-300)

Remember when the Flames (43-20-7) put up 9 goals on the Devils earlier this week? F Johnny Gaudreau put up 6 points in that game and embarrassed the living heck out of G Mackenzie Blackwood. Well now it’s the Rangers (28-29-13) turn to have a very long night and New York fans should be dreading every minute of it.

The Flames are clicking at just the right time. They need to beat out the Sharks for first in the Pacific Division because nobody wants to play Vegas in the first round, it’s a death wish. They should come out hard and fast against the sluggish rangers who have dropped their last two games. Like we said, it appears they can only beat the Devils, meaning the Flames are in luck here.

Devils (Over 6) @ CANUCKS 10:00pm
Pick: Over 6

Much to our chagrin, the Devils (26-36-9) snuffed out the Oilers a few days ago and ended their losing streak on national TV. A nice surprise for Devils fans but bad for our wallets (sorry about that). Tonight they’ll take on another perennial basement dweller in the Canucks (29-32-9) who will also miss the post season this year.

We think that since the Devils have finally been getting some offensive contributions going, that they could continue that tonight against a weak Canucks team. The Canucks have offensive weapons of their own and can take advantage of the stingy Devils defense as well. We like the over here for that reason, calling the winner is just too tough here, it could go either way.