Flyers & Penguins Go 'Over' Again In Latest Battle Of PA

Jimmy Murphy

Friday, November 30, 2018 5:33 PM UTC

Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 5:33 PM UTC

In latest the Battle of Pennsylvania on Saturday, and when the Flyers and Penguins meet they ususally score plenty. Expect more of the same Saturday for an 'over' bet. 

Murphy: 35-30-2

Philadelphia (10-12-2, 10-14 ATS) at Pittsburgh (10-9-5, 10-14 ATS)Saturday, 7 PM ET (NHL)Free NHL Pick: OverBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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Over the last two seasons and eight games in the bitter rivalry that is the Battle Of Pennsylvania between the Penguins and Flyers, the two teams have combined for a whopping 58 goals! While both teams have been, to say the least, a crapshoot this season, one thing you can usually count on, especially if they’re playing each other, is goals and that’s why the over is a great play in the first chapter of the 2018-19 edition of the Battle Of PA.

The Flyers have scored 72 goals but allowed 86, and the Penguins have scored 80 and allowed 81. Philadelphia is 15-9-0 on the over/under and 8-3-0 on the road. Pittsburgh is 10-10-4 on the over/under and 4-5-3 at home. Factor in the fact that neither team will have their starting goalies on the roster (not that Brian Elliott or Matt Murray have been anything to write home about), that both defenses are leaky and that the Flyers and Penguins still have plenty of firepower up front, this game looks to be a good old fashioned barnburner.

Despite his team’s struggles, that recently led to the firing of general manager Ron Hextall, assistant GM Chris Pryor and assistant head coach Gord Murphy, star forward and captain Claude Giroux is still having a good season, leading his team in assists with 21 helpers and points with 29. Teammate Sean Couturier leads the team in goals with 10 lamplighters. The Flyers issue is that the rest of their top 6 has been underachieving.

The Penguins are also getting help from their top guns but lacking the depth scoring. Captain Sidney Crosby had a natural hat trick in a 6-3 loss to the Avalanche Wednesday and leads the team in goals with 13 lamplighters. Evgeni Malkin leads the Penguins in assists with 21 helpers and points with 30.

If you do decide to try and bet on a team in this game, the Penguins and Flyers are both 10-14 against the spread. Pittsburgh is 5-7 at home and Philadelphia is 5-6 on the road. The Pens are 9-15 on the puck line and 4-8 at home. The Flyers are 10-14 and 6-5 at home.

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So, yeah, we lost last night... but Sidney Crosby was sensational (as usual).

Here's another look at his natural hat trick ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/HsWhj39T2y

— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) 29 de novembro de 2018
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Goaltending Matchup
  • For the Flyers, Michal Neuvirth was activated off IR on Thursday and enters the game at 0-1-0-0 with a 3.40 GAA and .898 save percentage.
  • Anthony Stolarz is 0-1-0-0 with a 3.40 GAA and .898 save percentage.
  • For the Penguins, Casey DeSmith is 6-3-0-3 with a 2.41 GAA and .924 save percentage.
  • Tristan Jarry is 0-1-0-1 with a 3.50 GAA and .887 save percentage.

M*A*S*H Report
  • For the Flyers, Elliott is week-to-week with a lower-body injury.
  • Corban Knight is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury.
  • Samuel Morin is out indefinitely with a knee injury.
  • Pascal Laberge is out indefinitely with a hip injury.
  • For the Penguins, Patric Hornqvist has been out with a concussion but practiced Friday and may play Saturday.
  • Murray is on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.
  • Matt Cullen is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury.
  • Justin Schultz is on injured reserve with a leg injury

Prediction: Penguins 5, Flyers 4

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