Philadelphia Flyers (11-5-3) at Pittsburgh Penguins (12-8-1)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins +105 / Philadelphia Flyers -125 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins meet in NHL action from the PPG Paints Arena on Thursday night.
The Philadelphia Flyers will look to rebound from a 5-2 loss to the Penguins in their last matchup last time out. James Van Riemsdyk leads the Flyers in scoring with 26 points with 10 goals and 16 assists while Joel Farabee has 19 points with 10 goals of his own in addition to 9 assists. Kevin Hayes has 16 points on 7 goals and 9 assists while Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek have a combined 27 points with 23 of those points sitting as assists. Carter Hart has made 13 appearances in goal, picking up 6 wins and a shutout with a 3.49 GAA while Brian Elliott has 5 wins and a pair of shutouts in 8 appearances this year.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to build off of their win over the Flyers last time out. Jake Guentzel and Sidney Crosby share the team-high in scoring with 18 points apiece coming on 7 goals and 11 assists with Crosby continuing to miss time due to COVID protocols. Bryan Rust has 7 goals and 10 assists for his 17 points while also leading the Pens with 74 shots on goal. Kris Letang has 4 goals and 11 assists for his 15 points and Evgeni Malkin’s got 13 points with 9 assists. Tristan Jarry continues to start the bulk of the games in goal for Pittsburgh, sitting at 8-7 with a 3.06 GAA in 15 appearances this season.
Philadelphia is 5-2 in their last 7 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 7-3-1 in their last 11 road games. Pittsburgh is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall and 8-1 in their last 9 games as a home underdog while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win. The underdog is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
To be honest, I thought Sidney Crosby being out of the lineup would hinder the Pens and it appeared to actually galvanize them as it was next man up and the Penguins took down their rival. With that said, I’m going back to the well with the Pens here. Yes, I know I’ve bashed Pittsburgh all year and said that they’re on the decline, but they’re also getting plus money with an 8-1 record at home this season. I know there’s no fans in the stands but that has to count for something and it does with me so I’ll back the Penguins and the plus money in this spot.