Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 1/2/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (19-18-3) at Philadelphia Flyers (16-14-8)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers +100 / Pittsburgh Penguins -110 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Pittsburgh Penguins could use a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 25 percent of their power play opportunities. Phil Kessel leads Pittsburgh with 16 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 22 assists and Sidney Crosby has 117 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 78 goals on 797 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed 25 goals on 315 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed four goals in four of their last six games.
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The Philadelphia Flyers could also use a win here after losing four of their last six games. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 19.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Couturier leads Philadelphia with 18 goals, Jakub Voracek has 38 assists and Claude Giroux has 78 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 76.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Brian Elliott has given up 80 goals on 931 shots faced and Michal Neuvirth has allowed 20 goals on 236 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed three or more goals in five of their last six games.
The Penguins are 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 3-7 in their last 10 overall. The Flyers are 4-1 in their last 5 home games, 1-4 in their last 5 Tuesday games and 5-12 in their last 17 vs. a team with a losing record. The Penguins are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Philadelphia, the home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Both of these teams have been struggling recently, so it's the even money with the home team that I'm looking at here. The Pittsburgh Penguins have lost four of their last five on the road while the Flyers have won four of their last five home games. Throw in the even money, and the value play here is the Flyers. I'm not laying any type of juice with the Penguins in their current form.