Why Even Consider Betting on Flyers to Beat Penguins in Game 2?

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Matthew Jordan

Thursday, April 12, 2018 1:38 PM UTC

Thursday, Apr. 12, 2018 1:38 PM UTC

The Pittsburgh Penguins put on a clinic in Game 1 of their series against the Flyers to improve to 5-0 vs. Philly this season. Why would anything change in Friday’s Game 2?

Game 2: Philadelphia (0-1) at Pittsburgh (1-0)Free NHL Pick: Penguins & Over ParlayBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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It’s the same three-game schedule Friday in the Stanley Cup playoff that we had on Wednesday, and I’m here to preview Game 2 of the Flyers-Penguins Eastern Conference series. It’s a puck drop of 7 p.m. ET at PPG Paints Arena in the Steel City and nationally televised by NBC Sports Network. My cohort Dana Lane will have a preview of the Western Conference matchup between the Kings and Golden Knights also for you here at SBR.

The Penguins, of course, have a chance to become the first team to win three consecutive Stanley Cups since the New York Islanders racked up four in a row from 1980-83. However, each of the last four times a team was poised for a third consecutive Cup, it failed to make it past the second round of the playoffs. The last was the Detroit Red Wings in 1999. The Penguins themselves came up short in 1993.

Following Wednesday’s 7-0 blowout win of the Flyers to lead this series 1-0, would you bet against the Pens threepeating? Pittsburgh is now +325 at Bovada to win the East with Philadelphia at +1800.

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What Will Flyers Do In Net?

This writer recommended Penguins and ‘over’ in Game 1 – not exactly rocket science considering the Penguins were 4-0 vs. the Flyers during the regular season and scored precisely five goals in each victory. In Wednesday’s 7-0 shellacking, the Pens had five by midway through the second period.

Sidney Crosby has owned the Flyers in his career, and he continued with his third career playoff hat trick. That ties team owner and Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux for the most in franchise history. Crosby was the No. 1 star, Jake Guentzel (one goal, three assists) the No. 2 and Matt Murray (24 saves) the No. 3. It was Murray’s third consecutive playoff shutout dating to last season’s Stanley Cup Finals. Pittsburgh outshot Philadelphia 33-24 and killed off all four penalties while scoring once itself on the man advantage. Crosby's line with Guentzel and Bryan Rust finished a combined plus-14.

The seven-goal loss tied for the second largest for the Flyers in the playoffs; they were beaten 8-0 by Buffalo on April 21, 2001. Flyers captain Claude Giroux called it “one of the worst games” he had ever been a part of. Philly pulled Brian Elliott after allowing five goals on 19 shots, with Petr Mrazek surrendering two goals on 14 shots. Could Philly coach Dave Hakstol start Mrazek on Friday? Elliott missed 25 games with a lower-body injury before returning to play the final two games of the regular season so maybe he was still rusty.

Hakstol said he felt Elliott was sharp enough in those games to feel confident putting him in for Game 1. The coach was asked following the game about his netminder for Game 2 and he seemed to be leaning Elliott again: “Right now my instinct is yeah.” Mrazek wasn’t all that great after being acquired in a trade from the Red Wings with an .891 save percentage as a member of the Flyers.

  • Flyers are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh.
  • Over is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings.

I expect the Flyers to play much better Friday and might even take them if this game were in Philadelphia. Not in Pittsburgh. Make it another Penguins & ‘over’ call for a Friday NHL pick.

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