After a day break, we are back with two NHL picks for Thursday night! To stay up to date with our picks and our blogs, follow us on Twitter at DST_Tweets.
Washington Capitals @ New Jersey Devils - (-175)
The Washington Capitals go to "lovely" New Jersey tonight in what is a battle of the top and the bottom of the Metropolitan Division! Even though the Capitals lost their last game 3-0 to the Senators, they are still the hottest team in the NHL with a record of 8-1-1 in their last 10. The Capitals are also one of the best away teams in the NHL with a record of 13-5-5. The Devils, on the other hand, are the second worst home team in the entire NHL. Braden Holtby is rumored to be getting the start for the Capitals as even though many elite goalies are having tough Januarys, Mr. Holtby isn't as he is 8-0 with a GAA 1.80. With the Devils going to Cory Schneider who is coming off a tough game as he was pulled after 12 shots against the Kings. I think with the offensive skill of the Capitals and their number one goalie in net; I see the Capitals getting the win. Capitals to win 3-1.
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Philadelphia Flyers - (+104)
The Maple Leafs are coming off a dominant 4-0 win over the Redwings last night as now they go to Philly and face the Flyers. Both of these teams are coming off shutouts against division rivals, and this is going to be the game of the night. Both of these teams are great going forward even though they do have tendencies to have mistakes at the back. The Flyers do have a worse goaltending/defensive situation as they have let up the third most goals this season and have ZERO players with a positive plus/minus. I think this game will be open and fast but with Maple Leafs 2nd best power play and their sixth best offense in the NHL going up against the Flyers and their 18th ranked penalty kill and their 26th ranked defense. I just can't trust the Flyers defense even if they did shutout the Rangers last night. 4-2 win for the Maple Leafs.
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