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Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 4/15/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Penguins (48-30-6) at Philadelphia Flyers (43-27-14)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 3:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)

The Line: Philadelphia Flyers -109 / Pittsburgh Penguins -120 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: NBC

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers meet Sunday in game three of the NHL Eastern Conference First Round Playoffs at the 

The Pittsburgh Penguins need a victory here to regain home ice advantage and take a 2-1 series lead. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 26.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with three goals, Jake Guentzel has three assists and Brian Dumoulin has three shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing three goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up four goals on 43 shots faced. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 13 games.

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Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 4/15/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Philadelphia Flyers have a chance to put some serious pressure on the favorites by winning here and taking a 2-1 series lead. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 20.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Couturier leads Philadelphia with one goal, Ivan Provorov has two assists and Travis Konecny has two shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 75.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Brian Elliott has given up six goals on 54 shots faced and Petr Mrazek has allowed two goals on 14 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed three or less goals in six of their last eight games.

The Penguins are 8-2 in their last 10 Conference Quarterfinals games, 22-7 in their last 29 Sunday games and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Flyers are 5-0 in their last 5 home games, 6-2 in their last 8 Sunday games and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Penguins are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and the over is 6-0-1 in the last 7 meetings.

The Philadelphia Flyers have been sharp at home, which includes winning five straight and losing just eight times overall since December 20. The Flyers have the confidence after cruising in game two, and they return to a city that's kind of feeling itself with already two sports titles in the bag and a young team ready to make more playoff noise. You can bet this building is going to be packed and nasty. The Pittsburgh Penguins are obviously the better team, have the head to head advantage and the playoff experience to rebound here, but we saw this team last year struggle on the road in the playoffs despite their stanley cup run. I'm riding the Philly wave right now and backing the Philadelphia Flyers. 

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