Thursday NHL Free Pick
(The Spread) – If you’re looking for tremendous value on Thursday night, don’t look any further than the New York Islanders.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL.com, the Philadelphia Flyers are -249 money line favorites over the New York Islanders (+227). The over/under total for this game is currently 5.5 goals.
The Islanders enter this matchup with a 23-31-3-4 record and are just 11-17-2-1 on the road. According to latest NHL trends, the over is 34-25 in their games this season, but just 15-15 when they play on the road.
The Flyers are 39-15-3-3 overall and 19-8-1-2 at home this season. The under is 26-34 in all Philadelphia games this season, and 12-18 when the Flyers play at the Wells Fargo Center.
NHL Free Pick: It’s usually wise to stay away from games where you’re getting +200 or more on the money line (or laying –200 or more), but we’ll take our chances tonight. The Flyers lost a pair of defensemen in Sean O’Donnell and Oskars Bartulis the last two games and will be shorthanded tonight. Their depth will certainly be tested and after dropping two of its last three games, the Flyers might be primed for an upset. New York has converted 17.9 percent of its power plays, while killing off 82.6 percent of its opponents’ chances. We like their chances of scoring on a power play tonight and think there’s tremendous value in their odds. The Flyers are 14-1 against the Islanders in their last 15 games, but buck the trends: NY is due for a victory over Philly.
TUESDAY NIGHT NHL FREE PICK: NEW YORK ISLANDERS +227