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

Pittsburgh Penguins (48-29-6) at Philadelphia Flyers (42-27-14)

NHL Hockey: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)

The Line: Philadelphia Flyers +122 / Pittsburgh Penguins -148 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NBCS

The Wells Fargo Center and the Philadelphia Flyers host the Pittsburgh Penguins in game four of their NHL playoff series. 

The Philadelphia Flyers find themselves down 2-1 in their first round playoff matchup with two time Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh. Philadelphia struggled at both ends of the ice in a 5-1 home loss on Sunday.

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

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The Flyers lone goal came in the second period off the stick of Travis Sanheim on assists from Jakub Voracek and Nolan Patrick that made the score 4-1. Philadelphia received 21 saves from Brian Elliott in absorbing the loss. 

The balanced Penguins attack featured even strength goals from Sydney Crosby and Brian Dumoulin with Derick Brassard, Evgeni Malkin and Justin Schultz each scoring with the man advantage. Crosby gave Pitt three helpers and Kris Letang added two more to make the 26 saves of Matt Murray an easy winner.

Penguins are 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest and over is 2-0-2 in Penguins last 4 vs. Metropolitan and over is 7-0-1 in Penguins last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Flyers are 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest and over is 2-0-2 in Flyers last 4 vs. a team with a winning record and over is 8-1 in Flyers last 9 following a home loss of 3 or more goals. Over is 8-1-2 in the last 11 meetings and Penguins are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings and Penguins are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Philadelphia.

I am leaning to the over because these team’s can score in a hurry and that’s what we have seen through three games of this series. The worry is these games have not been competitive and one side has carried the scoring burden and I would like more balance… 

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