This time of year produces NHL Free Picks for the regular season that are not only profitable but pivotal to the overall picture. Both the teams featured tonight are on the cusp of gaining entry into the playoffs. Colorado is riding high with a decent winning streak but faces two hurdles as they host the Flyers tonight. 3/24 also sees Philadelphia trying to recover from letting the lead slip in Columbus. Linesmakers have this as a virtual coin toss so which way is the profit pointing toward this evening?
NHL Free Pick : Colorado Downturn?
- Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene are both out for the next few games.
- Strength of schedule rises for the Avalanche.
Colorado has won three straight to go 6-4 and become only a single point behind Minnesota for the last wild card slot. They also have a game in hand on them. Alas the good news stops there as the two leading scorers are out for some time for Colorado. Couple that with the cupcakes being gone makes this last push rather tough. All of the remaining games are against playoff caliber teams or ones equally interested in gaining access to the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Philadelphia has had a rough go of it trying to make this final push on the road. New York was a success but Columbus saw them squander a valuable point. Leading by two with nary over a minute left saw them surrender the lead, get into overtime, and choke away the second point. This put Philadelphia in a tie with Detroit for the last spot even though the Flyers have a game in hand. Thinness in the goaltending ranks is the problem. Steve Mason did very well in back to back games but lost it at the very end. Now more travel and altitude means attrition will have its effect. The backup is a rookie as Neuvirth is out the rest of the season with a lower body injury.
Varlamov is confirmed in goal this evening. The total is 5 with the under getting +115. Steve Mason should start for the Flyers as they can not risk this game to the rookie backup. Flyers skates will be tired with Colorado lacking a scoring touch. Disregard the ML Flip and look for the total instead. Total of five on the under should be plundered in this one. Good fortune with the NHL Free Pick of the Day and we will see you tomorrow here at the HRW.