Philadelphia Flyers at Washington Capitals (5½) (NBC): The Caps’ story is amazing: From the worst record in the NHL to making the postseason on the last day of the season. As the series returns to Our Nation’s Capitol this morning, the real value in this one is with the No. 6-seed Flyers who scored 12 goals in the first three games against the Capitals and new netminder Huet. Philly stole the home-ice advantage by winning Game 2 and goalie Biron showed he is definitely up for the challenge. Washington improved immensely under new coach Bruce Boudreau and finished as strong as anyone with the possible exception of the Sharks (18-2-2 L22).
The Flyers have improved even more as a team over the last year – remember 2006-07 Flyer fans? – and now have a talented cast of scorers that outnumber the Caps’ Ovechkin. Value here in the cream cheese doggy, Philadelphia-style… FLYERS +.
Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche (Versus TV): Although Minnesota’s the No. 3 seed and Colorado No. 6, these two teams are very evenly matched … three straight 3-2 OT games to start the series reveals that. Colorado showed in Game 4’s 5-1 win that it can bust loose when necessary and this one is necessary – Game 6 at the Pepsi Can where
the Avs have won two out of every three times this season (28-13-2). So they’ve split the first two in Denver and this is that third game …Advantage home team. And no one is tougher and more dangerous at this time of year than Colorado’s Joe Sakic. AVALANCHE.