Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins

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In an East Division matchup, the Philadelphia Flyers will go on the road and take on the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Flyers have an 11-4-3 record. The Penguins are 11-8-1 on the season. These two teams have faced each other twice this season with the Flyers winning both games.

Flyers on Three Game Winning Streak

The Flyers are on a three-game winning streak. Their last game was a 3-0 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday. James Van Riemsdyk and Joel Farabee each had two points in the game. Carter Hart was perfect in net, stopping all 28 shots faced.

Offense has been a strength for the Flyers. Although they rank dead last in shots per game, they rank sixth in goals per game, first in shooting %, and seventh in scoring efficiency ratio. Philly has been very efficient on offense this season. They have scored three goals or more in eight of their last 10 games. James Van Riemsdyk has been on fire lately, having at least one point in nine of his last 10 games. Van Riemsdyk has 25 points on the season. He is tied for seventh in points in the NHL.

Although the Flyers are coming off back to back shutout wins against the Sabres, defense and goaltending remain inconsistent. They have given up three goals or more in six of their last nine games. The team ranks 16th in goals against per game, 27th in shots against per game, and last in shot differential per game. Brian Elliott has been much better between the pipes than Carter Hart. Elliott has a record of 5-1-0 with a 2.03 GAA and a .931 SV%, where Hart has a record of 6-3-3 with a 3.35 GAA and a .899 SV%.

Penguins Coming off Loss

The Penguins lost their last game 2-0 against the New York Islanders on Sunday. Casey DeSmith was sharp in the loss, stopping 28 out of 30 shots faced. It was not good enough, however, as the Pens could not score a goal in the game.

Even though they were shutout in their last game, offense has been trending in the right direction for the Penguins recently. They have scored three goals or more in seven out of their last 10 games. The team ranks 18th in goals per game, 23rd in shots per game, 14th in shooting %, and 21st in scoring efficiency ratio. Sidney Crosby leads the team with 18 points in 20 games played.

Although Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith have played better in recent games, goaltending has been a problem all season for the Penguins. They have given up three goals or more in six of their last 10 games. Jarry is 7-6-1 with a 3.14 GAA and a .894 SV %. Casey DeSmith is 4-2-0 with a 2.73 GAA and a .893 SV %. The team ranks 26th in goals against per game, ninth in shots against per game, and 29th in opponent shooting % and save %. Defense has been playing well for the Pens as they are not giving up many shots per game. However, goaltending remains shaky.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

Offense has been very efficient for the Flyers this season. The team ranks sixth in goals per game, first in shooting %, and seventh in scoring efficiency ratio. Pittsburgh’s offense has been inconsistent this season. They rank 18th in goals per game, 23rd in shots per game, 14th in shooting %, and 21st in scoring efficiency ratio. The Flyers have won both games against the Penguins this season. Philly will win this game.

Prediction:
Philadelphia Flyers (+106)

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

The Flyers have been clicking on offense this season. They rank sixth in goals per game, first in shooting %, and seventh in scoring efficiency ratio. Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith have been inconsistent all season in net for the Penguins. The team ranks 26th in goals against per game, ninth in shots against per game, and 29th in opponent shooting % and save %. The over has hit in three straight games between these two teams. The over will hit once again in this matchup.

Prediction:
Over 6.5