NHL Betting: Confident Philadelphia to fly to some Capital gains


New York Rangers-Toronto

On trade deadline day anything could have happened before the 3pm Eastern time deadline but hopefully the circumstances of tonight's games won't be too drastically affected.

The Rangers have taken both contests up to now and coasted to a 7-1 win just over two months to the day. That result was truly conclusive too as they ended up outshooting the Leafs 50-26 despite leading early and not spending that much time a man up.

They picked up a great win over Chicago in their game back but that's the only success either of these two have had since the break. It's fair to say the Leafs have been a little unfortunate in that fact however they noticeably haven't helped themselves in their own zone.

Mats Zuccarello is currently sitting out with a fractured hand and that's deprived the Rangers of their leading man of recent weeks, captain Ryan Callahan is wrangled in contracts and if reports are to be believed is asking for an exorbitant amount considering his lack of scoring.

Unconvinced by either club since coming back off by the break I'll take a tie here out at 3.80.

 

Philadelphia-Washington

A fifth and final meeting between these Metropolitan Division rivals is made more enticing by the two point gap that separates them.

The season series is tied at 2-2 courtesy of a deserved 5-4 OT win for Philadelphia on Sunday. Three goals came from Claude Giroux combining with Jakub Voracek and the Caps will have to get a better handle on those two if they wish to change the story. Kimmo Timonen also had three assists and played a key role moving the puck at the point particularly on two powerplay tallies.

Yesterday the Flyers bolstered their blueline further by adding the man who's blocked more shots than any other in Andrew MacDonald. He's a good player who'll provide a slighly more considered approach to defence than the imposing presences of Luke Schenn and Braydon Coburn.

Philly's seven wins from the last 10 is actually good for best in the East and they look the solid option. I'm tempted but think it might be a little too ambitious to take on the handicap.

 

Best Bet: Philadelphia Flyers to win at 2.10