Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Flyers vs Penguins NHL Odds
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(10-12-2) Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (10-9-3)
Date: Saturday December 1st
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Penguins – 195
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NHL Betting Total: 6.5
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Oddsmakers aren’t expecting a ton of defense in Saturday night’s rivalry matchup between the Flyers and Penguins as they’ve set the O/U at a whopping 6.5. Which team is more responsible for driving up that total however? Philly is 29th in defense vs. the top 10 defense of Pittsburgh but as they say, “throw out the records when these two teams meet.”
It would be easy to bet against Philadelphia on Saturday considering that they’ve dropped 6 of their last 7 games and 2 of the last 10 vs. the Penguins. The Flyers have scored just 2 goals total in their last two road games but they are a mediocre 5-5-1 away from the Wells Fargo Center this year. The Flyers are very middle of the pack on offense in general, ranking 19th in goals/game and 15th in SOG.
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One area that the Penguins could exploit in this matchup is the power play where Philadelphia has the 2nd to worst penalty kill unit in the league. Pittsburgh doesn’t draw a lot of penalties though which will help the Flyers cause. Goaltender Anthony Solarz gets the nod on 3 days rest in this game but he’s allowed 4 scores in two of his last four outings. Even so, that’s a lot of goals to hit tonight’s ‘over.’
The Penguins are having a very down year, sitting in 11th in the Western Conference. If you think that’s bad, Philadelphia is in last place however. Pittsburgh has won 3 of 5 however and nothing keeps the momentum going like a big win on a Saturday night at home vs. your rivals. As stated, the Penguins have won 8 of 10 in this series and they’ve netted 3+ goals in 7 of the last 8.
G Matt Murray returns from a lower body injury for Pittsburgh in this contest. He could be rusty however after not starting in two weeks now. plus it’s not like Murray was playing that solid anyways as he had given up 3+ goals in four straight starts. This uncertainty in net is another reason this could be a high scoring affair and why the Flyers have value in this game at +160.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Road team is 5-0 the last 5 meetings
- Penguins are 0-4 their last 4 vs. a team with a losing record.
- Penguins are 4-11 their last 15 overall
- Penguins are 3-8 their last 11 on 2 days rest
- Flyers are 9-3 their last 12 vs. a team with a losing home record
Free Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Prediction:
All the trends and stats are pointing to this game being ugly for bettors. There’s no way that Pittsburgh has any value whatsoever the way they’ve been playing and especially with a -195 price tag.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Philadelphia PL +1.5
The Flyers could easily steal this game with Murray being out the last 2 weeks and for the fact that the road team has won five straight in the series.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Philadelphia 3 – Pittsburgh 2
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