Flyers vs. Devils Free Pick
NEWARK, NJ (ATS Consultants) – This is the third game of the Eastern Conference semifinal between the New Jersey Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers. The series is tied at 1-1 after the Devils won the last game 4-1. The puck drops at 7:35pmET from New Jersey.
ODDS: Oddsmakers have installed the Devils as -110 favorites, while the over/under total for this game sits at 5.5 goals. The Flyers enter play with a 52-29-9 overall record and is 48-40 Over, while New Jersey is 53-31-7 overall and is 40-37 Over.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Devils opened up as a -115 favorite and moved down to -110 at most books, while the total opened up at 5.5 and has remained there.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers placed on tonight’s game, 67% of NHL public bettors currently favor the Flyers. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most up-to-date public betting numbers.
NHL FREE PICK: Take the Under. According to latest NHL trends, series is 3-8 Under in the last 11 meetings in New Jersey. Flyers are 1-4 Under last 5 Thursday games, 1-4 Under last 5 following a loss of 3 or more goals, 3-9-1 Under last 13 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game and 5-13-1 Under last 19 games playing on 1 days rest. New Jersey is 0-3-1 Under last 4 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-4-2 Under last 7 playoff games as a favorite of -110 to -150 and 1-4 Under last 5 games as a home favorite of -110 to -150. The New Jersey Devils want to make this a grind-out affair against a potent offense. They should be able to achieve that at home. But an even bigger problem is the absence of leading scorer Ilya Kovalchuk, who was out in Game 2, when they put up 4 goals. . They may have to do it again, with Kovalchuk's status for Thursday's Game 3 still in doubt. Kovalchuk is dealing with a lower-body injury and is not likely to play. They will not attempt to go toe-to-toe with the Flyers’ instead relying on their defense and counter-attack on offense.
THURSDAY NHL FREE PICK: DEVILS/FLYERS UNDER 5.5