Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 4/1/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia Flyers (30-29-17) at Pittsburgh Penguins (42-23-11)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Consol Energy Centre)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -195 / Philadelphia Flyers +175 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Penguins are looking to gain some momentum as they head into the final games of the regular season.
Heading into Wednesday night’s match up with the rival Philadelphia Flyers, the Penguins are just looking to try and get healthy.
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Kris Letang is the latest injury for a Penguins club that looks like they’re going to have a rough go of things come playoff time. Without Christian Ehrhoff and Olli Maata on defense the Penguins opted to play with just five defenseman on Sunday night against the San Jose Sharks.
Patric Hornqvist opened the scoring in the first period with his 24th goal of the season and less than a minute later Chris Kunitz doubled the lead with his 17th goal of the year coming with Pittsburgh on the man advantage. Like most things this season for the Penguins though, it wasn’t going to be easy.
San Jose scored twice in the second period to tie the game at 2-2 and despite Pittsburgh having the better of the play in the third the game would head to overtime. San Jose out shot the Penguins 5-0 in the extra session but weren’t able to get anything by Marc-Andre Fleury who made 30 saves on the night.
Fleury stopped both shots he faced in the shootout as well, and David Perron and Sidney Crosby scored to lift the Penguins to their second consecutive 3-2 victory.
Pittsburgh has been in position to finish second or third in the Metropolitan Division standings for a while now, with a potential meeting with the New York Islanders looming. Now with their struggles they could find themselves being passed by the Washington Capitals if they’re not careful.
As shaky as things have been for the Penguins, they’ve been even worse for the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Flyers returned home from a difficult road trip and came away with an impressive win over the Chicago Blackhawks, but they followed that up with a 3-2 loss to the Sharks on Saturday.
Philadelphia was out shot 44-18 in the contest, including 17-6 over the final 20 minutes, but still managed to get the game to a shootout thanks to the stellar play of Steve Mason.
Mason even made three saves in the shootout but the Flyers were unable to score aside from their first attempt and found another difficult way to lose.
This is another one of those late season match ups where one club needs the game and the other team is out of contention. Philadelphia has struggled mightily and are heavy underdogs in this one, but they always play the Penguins well and this game can really go either way.