The Philadelphia Flyers are fresh off a marquee win over the Pittsburgh Penguins last night, one of their biggest wins of the season thus far. They needed that win, and they need several more down the stretch to find the playoffs. In other words, there is no time for them to slack off tonight against the New Jersey Devils. It can be easy for teams to do that after a win of that magnitude, but the Flyers cannot afford to take the night off in New Jersey. With the win last night, the Flyers have 72 points, which puts them 5 points behind the wildcard.
It’s going to be a difficult road to the playoffs, but not impossible. Like I just said though, there’s no room for error now. You can say that about a lot of teams at this point in the regular season, though. The Flyers needed the win badly after dropping three in a row. They had a complete team effort, which we haven’t seen from that all too often this season. The Flyers made the playoffs last season, catching a piece of the last wildcard, only to have the privilege of losing to the Capitals.
They haven’t exactly built off of last season, notably goaltender Michal Nuevirth fell off a cliff this season. If you recall, Neuvirth came in for Steve Mason against the Capitals this past postseason, leading them to two wins and avoiding the sweep. It looked like for a moment that he was going to be able to get the Flyers to claw all the way back from 3-0 down, but it ended in a 4-2 series win for the Capitals. Let’s head below, as we are coming off a winning pick yesterday on the Ducks.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils Pick
Stick a fork in the Devils, because there gravesite for the 2016-17 season has already been erected. Not to the surprise of many people, we should note. The Devils are a fancy pick to be a come out of nowhere team, but all they’ve done is showcase the kind of average team they are again this season.
With a record of 25-31-10, there isn’t much to report about the Devils, other than it’s been another disappointing season. The Devils acquired Taylor Hall in the offseason, but just like as an Oiler, he’s been unable to help his team out in the win column. Meanwhile, the Oilers are having a banner year without him.
The Flyers are a team with everything to gain tonight, while the Devils are playing for nothing but pride. They’ve shown nothing but ineptness lately, losing ten straight games and are in danger of reaching their worst winless streak in 26 years.
If the Devils have anything to feel good about, it’s that they’ve outscored the Flyers 8-1 in their last two meetings. This is their first game back at home following a three-game road trip. I think they can catch the Flyers napping tonight and end this winless drought. The Flyers are not thinking about this Devils team. I expect them to overlook them after beating up on the Penguins a night ago. Our Thursday night pick is with the Devils over the Flyers.
PICK: DEVILS (-105)