Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 3/16/14
Philadelphia Flyers (33-25-7) at Pittsburgh Penguins (44-17-4)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 12:30 pm (Consol Energy Centre)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -178 / Philadelphia Flyers +162 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
Coming off consecutive losses the Philadelphia Flyers needed to get their game together in a hurry with a home and home series against the Pittsburgh Penguins coming up. Right from the drop of the puck the Flyers were the much better team and they took care of business on their home ice at the Wells Fargo Center. Zac Rinaldo drew Simon Despres into a terrible penalty after the whistle early in the game and Scott Hartnell converted a one-timer on the ensuing power play to lift the Flyers to an early 1-0 lead tha they would never relinquish. Matt Read then connected on a one-timer of his own off a feed from Sean Couturier with Philadelphia shorthanded to make it a two goal advatange after 20 minutes of play. Vincent Lecavalier and Read scored second period goals that would finish the scoring in the Flyers 4-0 win. It was an impressive display from a Philadelphia club that needed a big time effort and delivered. It was clear that this game was more important to one of these teams on Saturday and now the question is if that will be the case on Sunday. For the Penguins there was absolutely nothing positive to point to. The entire Penguins club failed to show up for this one and it was about as poor an effort as you're going to see from a club in a rivalry game. Even worse you had Marc-Andre Fleury reliving his nightmares of terrible playoff performances by not being able to stop anything when his club needed a save. That might be the worst part of Saturday't affair from a Pittsburgh perspective to be perfectly honest. The Penguins have nothing to play for over these last few weeks aside from looking to wrap up the top seed throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs. Sunday afternoon it's going to be a matter of pride and trying to return the favor against their biggest rival after an embarrassing effort on Saturday. Jeff Zatkoff will most likely be in goal for the Penguins in this one but with the way that Fleury tends to play against the Flyers that might not be such a bad things. Pittsburgh is a heavy favorite in this one and while I like them to rebound in this game it's hard to go against the Flyers and the value they're getting. Philadelphia usually plays pretty well in Pittsburgh and they still need this game more than the Penguins do.
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