Philadelphia Flyers at Toronto Maple Leafs Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 3/6/2014
Saturday, March 8, 4:00 PM on CBC, CSNP
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
The Olympic break hasn't stopped the red hot Flyers so far but a well rested Toronto squad wants to change that. Two teams that are virtual playoff locks aren't necessarily in a do or die situation Saturday night but 20 games left in the season is no time to get complacent.
The Flyers soared into the Sochi break by winning 5 out of 6 games to put a four game losing streak in their rear view mirror. Philadelphia did lose their first game back but got on track right away with wins over the Rangers and Capitals. Four straight over bets have hit for Philadelphia and they match the Maple Leafs' 3 day break before squaring off Saturday night.
Toronto will have 3 days to recover from a 3-2 OT victory in Madison Square Garden but will also contemplate their 3 straight losses out of the break. The rest days might come at the right time for the Leafs as three of four games since returning from the Olympics have gone to overtime.
Three-fourths of a season has passed since these two teams last met up in the 2013/14 opener on October 3rd. Both squads have come a long way since then but on that October night Toronto was the better team, pulling out a 3-1 road victory. It's hard to bet on the first game of the year but the Maple Leaf faithful were rewarded right out of the gate with a +121 payout. The teams come full circle as they go from the fresh anticipation of a new season to the eagerness to get the playoffs started.
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