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I rebounded nicely from a disastrous 0 for 2 night on Tuesday to hit my only pick from last night’s NHL action between the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators. With a third string goalie in net for Ottawa and Montreal giving Carey Price the night off, I had the OVER 5.5 at a lovely price of +125. Things couldn’t have looked worse as the score sat at 0-0 halfway through the game, and that’s about when things started to trend in the right direction. The Sens and Habs exchanged quick goals around the ten minute mark of the second and a late second period tally gave us a chance to hit the over. Three third period goals including an empty netter is exactly what the doctor ordered and we walked away with a winner. The Habs fired over 40 shots at the Sens rookie netminder and only found the back of the net twice, and fortunately for us the Sens were able to break through the tough Montreal defence for four goals. The 4-2 final gave us the win and we move on to tonight’s action that features seven games.
Buffalo Sabres @ Philadelphia Flyers
My Pick – OVER 5.5 (+115)
The Buffalo Sabres and Philadelphia Flyers will meet for the third and final time this season after the Flyers have won both previous meetings including a victory this past Sunday in Buffalo. Philadelphia has been playing their best hockey of the season lately as they had grabbed points in nine straight games before losing 5-2 at home to Columbus on Tuesday night. Regardless, the Flyers had gone 6-0-3 in their previous nine and have actually crept back in to the Eastern Conference playoff picture as they now sit just six points back of the struggling Boston Bruins for the final Wildcard playoff spot. It’s interesting that the Flyers could go on such a run without much production from their 1-2 punch in Claude Giroux and Jacob Voracek. Voracek has just a single goal over his last 14 games and that came with the net empty and his partner in crime Giroux hasn’t scored in nine straight contests. What a wonderful opportunity these two have to break out this evening against the lowly Buffalo Sabres who just traded their starting goalie. Not that Jonas Enroth posted spectacular numbers while with Buffalo, but if you have watched them play this season it’s a miracle they have as many point as they currently sit with. Buffalo gives up 3.39 goals per game and we all know that Philadelphia does a lot of its damage on home ice. Philly has a 23.2% powerplay which is good for fourth best in the league and it could have a field day tonight against a Sabres penalty kill that sits at the very bottom of the league at 73.8%. To be fair, Philly’s penalty kill isn’t a whole lot better at 75.3% and 28th in the league. This should give the Sabres league-worst powerplay a little bit of hope this evening. Philly has beaten the Sabres in five straight games on home ice and I expect them to do so again tonight but in grand fashion. The Flyers are sure to score some goals tonight so I am hoping Buffalo can pot one or two to help our cause, but regardless take this match up to go OVER the 5.5 total, again at a very nice price.