NHL Picks: Flyers vs. Penguins

PJ Laferla

Sunday, March 24, 2013 1:10 PM GMT

Sunday, Mar. 24, 2013 1:10 PM GMT

The puck in this game is scheduled to drop at 7:30 PM EST and can be seen live on television, with broadcast coverage provided by NBC Sports. Who should we back for this hockey pick?

NHL Picks: Flyers vs. Penguins

We had a good one on the NHL odds boards tonight as Atlantic Division adversaries collide on the ice when the Philadelphia Flyers (13-16-1) and Pittsburgh Penguins (24-8-0), who are riding an 11-game winning streak, including eight in a row at home, renew their ongoing grudge at the Consol Energy Center.

The Penguins will attempt to win their 12th game in a row and many online sportsbooks like their chances, listing them at -200 on the NHL odds boards. However, backing the Flyers might not be a bad investment, as they are 8-2 in their last 10 against the Penguins when meeting in Pittsburgh.

Not only is the total coming in at 6 goals, which is a bit on the high side, but also, if in fact you make a play on the over, the price to pay is -120. Six of the last eight meetings between these rivals have gone over the posted total (6-1-1).

The Flyers enter play tonight with just four road wins on the season and have also dropped four straight when playing away from the Wells Fargo Center.

Even worse, the Flyers are a dismal 0-8 on the highway this season when facing a team with a winning percentage of greater than .600 on their home ice.

Meanwhile, the Penguins own some more than impressive numbers that are just staggering and hard to overlook, including 46-15 in their last 62 when facing a team with a losing record, 43-16 in their last 59 games that follow a win, 40-16 in their last 56 contests played at home and 44-17 in their last 61 overall.

There are simply no blemishes to report on the Penguins.

The Pick

With a win tonight, the Penguins would own sole possession of the longest winning streak during this current NHL campaign. The Chicago Blackhawks won 11 straight earlier this year from February 15 to March 6.

While sitting atop the NHL in scoring, with an offense that average 3.6 goals per game, the Penguins defense as really stood out during the streak, surrendering just 8 goals over their last seven games.

The Flyers have struggled all season and have quickly become a disappointment, but their road woes do not seem to be getting better anytime soon – especially when facing a red-hot team like the Penguins.

Typically, I don’t like backing a team laying such heavy chalk on my hockey picks, but Pittsburgh is in a zone right now and riding them throughout this winning streak means big profits.

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NHL Pick: Penguins -200  @5dimes

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