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Flyers vs. Devils NHL Pick – January 22nd

It was yet another stellar evening for us here at The Sports Geek as we moved to a perfect 3-0 on our featured games in the 2013 season, while our overall total improved to an astounding 12-2. Tuesday brings a large slate of contests on the ice, and we’ll break them down for you.

Philadelphia Flyers (+100) @ New Jersey Devils (-120)

Just like last evening with the Sabres and Leafs, this game is a case of the wrong team being favoured. It seems as if the betting market is overreacting to a poor start to the season for the Flyers. Philly has conceded a ton of goals in their first two contests, and looked porous in the process. That was mostly because of the opponents they were playing. Pittsburgh is a machine this season, and having to play in Buffalo’s home opener less than 24 hours after is

The Flyers will be fine this year and will surely be one of the powerhouses in the Eastern Conference. They a potent offense that will cause problems for a mediocre group of Devils’ defenders, and Ilya Bryzgalov has actually been fairly solid in his opening games. Bryzgalov struggled last season but seems more focused in the early goings of this season. Philly’s early season struggles cannot be blamed on him.

Look for the Flyers to be hungry for a win in this game. Starting 0-2 is unacceptable for a team with their expectations and look for the likes of Claude Giroux and Scotty Hartnell to turn in an inspired outing. The Devils are a team that’s heading for a down season after last season’s improbable Cup run, especially after losing superstar Zach Parise to the Wild, and they’ll find that out quickly in this contest. Expect a convincing Flyers victory on Tuesday evening.

PICK = Flyers (+100)

Tonight’s thoughts on our free bonus selections. They’ve gone 9-2 on the year thus far and we hope to keep it rolling tonight.

Bonus Pick #1: Carolina (-135) The Hurricanes just had a horrible outing in the first game of the season, but will bounce back tonight. Their home opener is a special game and the fans will be eager to see Alex Semin and Jordan Staal. Carolina is a much improved team and were my pick to emerge in the Southeast Division. The Lightning are also improved, but face a tough travel schedule on a back-to-back after playing yesterday in Long Island. Canes rebound tonight.

Bonus Pick #2: San Jose (-115) The Sharks opened the season with a convincing road victory against the Flames and they’ll go for the Alberta sweep Tuesday evening. San Jose has a stacked roster and their horses up front will trouble an inexperienced and sub-par Edmonton defense. The Oilers showed resiliency in defeating Vancouver Sunday night, but the Canucks themselves are a bit of a circus at the moment. San Jose remains a top team in the Western Conference and will be able to fend off the young guns of the Oilers on Tuesday.