Bet the Total for Penguins vs. Flyers

David Lawrence

Saturday, March 15, 2014 3:36 PM GMT

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers begin a two-day home-and-home series over the weekend. The two games (on Saturday and Sunday) are both early starts (1:00 PM ET & 12:30 PM ET), so if you want to bet on the Battle of Pennsylvania, make sure you get up early.

The Pittsburgh Penguins Can Win Because…

The Flyers are again slumping. Anyone who follows the NHL odds closely knows that the Flyers are a very hot and cold team, and they can turn on a dime. They enter Saturday’s contest after having lost two straight and that’s after they won seven of eight. Before that, they had lost eight of 11. And before that, they had won seven of eight.

As mentioned, they enter on a two-game losing streak and that’s likely to be more of a trend than a two-game aberration. They have just four goals in those two contests while goaltender Steve Mason has a 3.17 GAA this month.

The Pens have won three straight and four of five. Take them with your sports picks.

Take a look at the top NHL Stanley Cup Betting Lines

The Philadelphia Flyers Can Win Because…

The Pens are not a reliable team to bet on when they’re on the road. They are just 5-4 in their last nine road games, which includes losses in Phoenix and Dallas. The Flyers are better than both of those teams.

Pittsburgh is really banged up these days as they’re missing defensemen Kris Letang and Paul Martin, and up front, James Neal just suffered a concussion and Chris Kunitz is day-to-day with a leg injury.

The Flyers have won five of seven at home. They deserve more respect and should be added to your NHL picks since they’re a home dog.

Outlook & Pick

Both teams have a good case here but I’ll go with the over. The Pens are missing some key pieces from their blue line while the Flyers – and Mason – have been giving up goals aplenty this month. Five of their last six have seen at least six goals.

Pick: Over 5.5 at Bodog

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