Top Value NHL Pick: Lay the Juice With Penguins Money Line Over Flyers

Joe Catalano

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 12:59 PM GMT

Wednesday, Apr. 1, 2015 12:59 PM GMT

It's just a matter of positioning for the Pittsburgh Penguins as the season winds down and they and the New York Islanders each have 95 points. Tonight, the Penguins, winners of 2 straight games, get a matchup against the eliminated but always tough Philadelphia Flyers. See who we like as our betting pick in this matchup.

Face-off is set for 8:00 p.m. ET at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Currently, the NHL betting odds at 5Dimes list the Penguins as a huge -199 betting favorite and for good reason. The Penguins have been winning and are the only team with something to gain. The betting total for the game is listed at 5.5 goals.

 

Netminders
There's no confirmation as of yet, but the Flyers should start Steven Mason in goal and I definitely expect to see Marc-Andre Fleury between the pipes for the Pens.

After 2 consecutive losses, Fleury had a very satisfying 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks in a shootout in which he stopped 30 out of 32 shots. Fleury has had one poor outing against Philly this season and will look to redeem himself and I expect him to do just that.

 

Please Read Closely!
Ironically, the Flyers are also coming off of a 3-2 shootout game against the Sharks, but this game was on Saturday and they lost. Steve Mason did his share to keep Philadelphia in the game, sweeping aside 42 of 44 shots, but in the end, the Flyers couldn't pull out the victory. The one statistic that stands out with Mason is his road record. Steve Mason is 1-12-6 with a 2.64 GAA on the road. This can't be ignored and is another reason, possibly why Pittsburgh is such a heavy favorite in this game.

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Padding the Stats
Sidney Crosby is doing just that as he now leads the Penguins with 25 goals and 54 assists. This thanks to a 3 point effort against a weak Arizona Coyotes team on the 28th of March and Crosby came back with an assist on the 29th against the Sharks.

In his last 5 games, Crosby has 2 goals and 5 assists and I expect him to be a major factor in this game, which still has some importance attached to it. He might not be the consistent 100 point player at this point that everyone expected, but he's still an all-time great and Crosby is in the prime of his career. If he can just stay healthy, Pittsburgh will be a threat to any eventual team that they face in the playoffs.

The Pens will also need the assistance of Evgeni Malkin. There's no Kris Letang in the lineup and Malkin has done most of his damage at home, averaging more than 1 point per game at the Consol Energy Center.

 

Simmonds Out For the Season
The Flyers will be without leading goal scorer, Wayne Simmonds for the rest of the season and will have to rely upon the combination of Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux. This is a combination which has definitely held it's own, combining for 44 goals and 101 assists. The only negative thing that I have to say about them is their shot efficiency. They can put the puck on goal, but are bigger assist men than they are goal scorers and lighting the lamp is the name of the game.

I didn't know it was that bad, but from looking at the horrifying record of Flyers goalie, Steve Mason, on the road, I'm jumping on the Penguins for my NHL picks. That said, it's where I was headed for initially despite laying a massive amount of juice.

NHL Pick- Pittsburgh -199 at 5Dimes

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