NHL Picks: March 15th 2013
New Jersey Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Prediction: Philly -128
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Including yesterday’s complimentary winner on Minnesota, I’m now 11-2 the last two days & 13-3 the last three.
Here’s another reasonably priced favorite which I feel has a solid shot at cashing.
These teams just met two days ago, at New Jersey. The Devils won that one by a score of 5-3.
The Devils are now 3-0 in the season series. However, a closer look shows that all three of those games have been played at New Jersey.
This evening, the revenge-minded Flyers finally get a chance to play on home ice. Remember, the Devils also knocked them out of the playoffs last season. They’ll be looking to “settle the score” and I expect a highly motivated effort.
After Wednesday’s loss Philadelphia’s Scott Hartnell had this to say: “This one hurts. It stings. You can use any adjective you want, but tomorrow is a new day. We have to come to the rink with a new attitude and get through this …”
While the Devils have been tough to beat at New Jersey, they’re an ugly 4-9 (4-6-3) on the road. They’ve been outscored by an average margin of 3.2 to 2.1, when playing away from home.
On the other hand, the Flyers are 8-5 (8-4-1) on home ice. They’ve outscored opposing teams by a 2.9 to 2.7 margin, here at Philadelphia.
While they’ve now lost six straight at New Jersey, the Flyers are a respectable 12-6 the last 18 times that they were a host in this series.
The Flyers beat Buffalo the last time that they played here, moving to 3-1 their last four on home ice. Consider Philadelphia.