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Hawks, Flyers on NHL lines

Two top teams that have been slightly off their games of late clash in NHL betting action on Thursday with the Chicago Blackhawks in Philadelphia to play the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center.

Philadelphia will be a slight home favorite at 5Dimes in this contest, but without Chris Pronger and Jaromir Jagr in the lineup things become tougher - and more responsibility gets downloaded to other players.

The Flyers have lost three of their past four games and need a win to stay within reach of the East-leading New York Rangers. The Blackhawks are desperate to prove this latest hiccup is short-lived, as they hope to rebound from losing two of their last three.

Chicago is tied for the overall lead in the NHL and don’t be surprised to see the NHL betting lines with a pretty tight split for this contest. Four of the last five head-to-head have sent OVER bettors to the payout window in totals betting.

Winnipeg will play its second straight game on the road on Thursday when they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs in NHL betting action at the Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs will be a small home favorite for this matchup at 5Dimes.

The Jets upended the Maple Leafs 3-2 on New Year's Eve as a -125 moneyline favorite at home, while Toronto took an earlier contest at home 4-3 as a -155 home favorite.

Toronto started the New Year on good footing with a 7-3 rout of Tampa Bay last time out, while the Jets were riding a three-game win streak heading into Wednesday’s lopsided loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

An interesting NHL betting matchup on Friday has the Rangers on the road to play the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Rangers will likely see most of the action from bettors on the NHL betting lines at 5Dimes.

New York has won back-to-back road games and has defeated the Penguins in three straight, with the Rangers winning the last four in Pittsburgh.