Originally written on The Hockey Program  |  Last updated 11/5/14

We tie sports betting into fantasy hockey with the numbers and predictions here on Pick The Winner.  Here is what we have for today......

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New Jersey Devils @ Philadelphia Flyers - UNDER 5.5 GOALS (-135)
(Note: I'm risking 1.35 units to win 1 unit)

Tonight will mark the 6th and final meeting between these two teams on the season. They met in New Jersey on Sunday with the Devils winning 5-1, giving them a 3-2 season series advantage. Of those 5 games three have fallen under the posted total with totals of: 5, 10, 5, 7, and 3. Tonight's play of the UNDER has value because of the way the two starting goalies have been playing recently. Martin Brodeur has won three straight games allowing just 1 goal against per game. In fact he has allowed just 1 goal against in 5 of his last 6 starts. Ilya Bryzgalov has won 5 straight games which includes 3 shutouts and just 5 goals against in total. Note that the UNDER is 3-1-2 in the Devils last 6 overall and 3-1-1 in their last 5 road games. The UNDER is 5-1-1 in the Devils last 7 vs divisional opponents. Also note that the UNDER is 5-0 in the Flyers last 5 overall and 7-3 in their last 10 games as a favorite of -110 to -150. Take the UNDER tonight.

Detroit Red Wings @ Los Angeles Kings - OVER 5 GOALS (-111)
(Note: I'm risking 1.11 units to win 1 unit)

These two teams will meet for the 4th time this season. The Red Wings have won the first 3 meetings with all games having 5 or more total goals scored and the OVER going 2-1. Total scores included 5, 10, and most recently 7. The Red Wings are averaging 3 goals per game over their last 10 games. On the season the Red Wings are averaging 2.83 goals against per game on the road where they are just 16-18-1. The Kings have received a nice scoring boost with the acquisition of Jeff Carter. Over their last 10 games the Kings are averaging 2.90 goals per game, and they have scored 3 or more goals in 5 of their last 6 games. Jimmy Howard is expected to start tonight, but he hasn't been in action for over a week as he sat out with an injury. Jonathan Quick is expected to be in net for the Kings, and although he has great numbers on the season he has allowed 2 or more goals per game in his last 5 starts (2.80 GAA over that span). I like the season trend of the OVER continuing tonight between these two teams.

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Yes these are risks tonight but good luck anyway as the lines were too good to pass up.  Good luck hockey bettors out there.

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