2-2 yesterday in the picks; let’s turn to the Thursday action on the ice.

Philadelphia Flyers at Toronto Maple Leafs

NHL Odds: Flyers -150

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to play poorly and they’re simply waiting for the final buzzer. They’ve now lost 19 of their last 24 games and there’s really no reason to have faith in them. It’s almost laughable to think that this team was once 28-19-6. 

The Leafs have faced the Flyers three times this season and come away with losses each time. In each of those matchups, the Leafs were actually playing better than they are now, so there’s little reason to think anything will change since the Leafs are down in the dumps. 

The Flyers have now won nine of the last 11 meetings including four of the last five in Toronto. Bet Philly in this spot. 

NHL Picks: Flyers

  

St. Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks

NHL Odds: Over/Under 5 

 

It’s hard not to like the under in St. Louis Blues games. Both of their goaltenders have been phenomenal this season. Brian Elliott has posted a franchise-record nine shutouts and comes into the game not having allowed a goal in 186:33. He’s expected to get the night off in favor of Jaroslav Halak, who has played pretty well in his own right. He hasn’t given up more than two goals in 11 straight starts. Given how the Blues score, if their opponent is going to be held to two or less, the game is quite likely to go under. 

Halak is 3-0-1 with a 1.47 GAA in his last four starts against the Chicago Blackhawks. Meanwhile, his likely counterpart, Corey Crawford, is 4-1-0 in his last five starts with a 2.08 GAA. He’s allowed just four goals through three outings with the Blues this season while posting a 1.46 GAA and a .944 save percentage. 

The under is 15-5 when the Blues are on the road with a total of five and 10-1 when they’re coming off a game where they shutout their opponent. Take the under as part of your NHL picks for tonight. 

NHL Picks: Under

  

San Jose Sharks at Phoenix Coyotes

NHL Odds: Over/Under 5 

 

I’d love nothing more than to take out a second mortgage, bet against the San Jose Sharks and cash in on them, but they’re so wildly inconsistent that they’ll probably win tonight 

The Sharks are simply pathetic. Facing a feeble Anaheim Ducks team that had nothing on the line last night, the Sharks barely mustered a goal in a 3-1 loss. And by the way, the Sharks are fighting for their playoff lives. 

They’ll be doing so again on Thursday when they visit Phoenix, who is the team that’s chasing them. 

Look for this to have a playoff-like atmosphere with both teams playing it close to the vest. Nine of the last 15 meetings have gone under, so this series does trend to lower scoring games slightly. Throw in the fact that the Sharks played last night and that it’s their third game in four nights and we’ll look for another low scoring output. 

NHL Picks: Under 5