NHL Best Bets Before the PlayoffsJosh Bailey
The NHL Regular Season ends this Sunday, April 10. This is actually the most exciting time of the year for both NHL fans and NHL handicappers.
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For my final regular season NHL Best Bets picks, I’ve chosen a team from the game between Philadelphia and Detroit. I chose a game on Saturday that includes Detroit as well. The Red Wings battle the New York Rangers in that matchup. Also on Saturday is a key matchup between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Keep reading for my NHL Best Bets Before the Playoffs!
A Closer Look At My NHL Best Bets Before The Stanley Cup Playoffs Begin
Philadelphia at Detroit
When: Wednesday, April 6 at 8:00 pm ET
Philadelphia is in position to make the playoffs this season. The Flyers can’t afford to lose any games if they hope to secure a wild card position in the NHL Playoffs. Not losing includes beating Detroit on Wednesday. The last time that the Flyers played against the Red Wings, they beat them 4 to 3. The Flyers were able to hold the Red Wings to only 37 shots on goal while they took 46 shots. Things could be different this time around since the Red Wings battle Philly at home in this matchup. I like Detroit.
Detroit at New York Rangers
When: Saturday, April 9 at 12:30 pm ET
On Saturday, Detroit travels to New York to battle the Rangers. Both the Red Wings and the Rangers will make the playoffs this season. But, this game is still important because neither team wants to enter the playoffs after a loss. The New York Rangers last battled the Red Wings on March 12. NYR lost 2 to 3 in overtime even though Henrik Lundqvist produced 40 saves in the matchup. Detroit allowed only 25 shots against in that match up. The Red Wings could make it 2 in a row against the New York Rangers this Saturday. I’m backing Detroit.
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia
When: Saturday, April 9 at 3:00 pm ET
Pittsburgh blitzed Philadelphia 4 to 1 on March 19. The Flyers will be looking for a measure of revenge this Saturday. Will they find it? It’s not likely. Pittsburgh pressured Philadelphia all game long. They allowed only 17 shots against Marc Andre-Fleury. The Flyers figure to get more shots versus Pitt’s excellent goalie this time around. But, like in the last game, are they going to give up close to 40 shots as well?
If that happens, the score could end up the same with Pitt winning by at least 3 goals. I don’t think the Penguins do that on the road. I do believe that they can beat Philadelphia by at least 2 goals in the rematch. I’m siding with the Penguins in this battle.