NHL Rivalry Game
The Penguins host the Flyers on Saturday afternoon at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with the opening face-off slated for 3:05 PM ET. The game will be televised nationally in the United States on the NBC Sports Network. According to NHL betting odds the Penguins are a -140 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5. Philadelphia has won 10 of the last 13 games between these clubs, including 3 of 4 this season. These teams have seen 4 of their last 5 meetings go under the total. Pittsburgh has clinched both the Metropolitan Division and 2nd overall in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers are currently 3rd in the Metropolitan Division, and are locked in a 3-way tie for 6th overall in the Eastern Conference. There’s a distinct possibility that these teams could face each other in the 1st round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, depending on what transpires in the final couple days of the regular season.
the Finish Line Healthy
The main goal for the Penguins in their final 2-games of the regular season is to avoid any substantial injuries prior to the start of the playoffs. The Penguins are coming off consecutive overtime shootout wins in their previous 2-games. They last took to the ice at home on Wednesday in a 4-3 defeat of the Detroit Red Wings. The Penguins caught a break in the schedule department during the final week of the regular season. This will be just their 2nd game in the last 6-days, and they will conclude the regular season tomorrow with a home game versus the Ottawa Senators. The Penguins have been terrific on special teams all season long as they possess the top power play in the NHL, and are 2nd in the league with their penalty killing.
the Seed the Better
The Flyers can finish as high as high as the 6th seed or as low as the #8 seed in the Eastern Conference. They last played in a 4-2 road loss at Tampa Bay on Thursday. That was the 4th consecutive game that the Flyers had gone over the total. Philadelphia has seen just 5 of their last 27 road games stay under the total. The Flyers will also be out to snap a 7-game losing streak versus opponents with a winning record. Tonight will be the finale of a 3-game in 5-day road trip that’s seen them go 1-1 thus far. The Flyers will end the regular season by hosting the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.
Any money line road underdog that’s playing in the 2nd half of the season, versus an opponent that’s coming off consecutive overtime wins in each of their previous 2-games, has gone 22-12 (64.7%) during the last 18 seasons. Bet Flyers over Penguins for your Hockey picks.
Free Hockey Pick: Flyers +120 over the Penguins