Philadelphia Flyers (19-17-6) at Pittsburgh Penguins (27-13-2)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -161 / Philadelphia Flyers +145 --- Over/Under: 6 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 frustrating 6-1 loss to the Washington Capitals in their last matchup. James van Riemsdyk leads the Flyers in scoring with 34 points including 13 goals and 21 assists while Jakub Voracek has 32 points with a team-high 25 assists. Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier each have 31 points with double-digit goals and assists while Joel Farabee has 30 points with a team-high 15 goals and 15 assists. As a team, Philadelphia is averaging 2.9 goals on 30 shots with a 19.7% success rate on the power play while allowing 3.6 goals on 28.9 shots with a 73.2% success rate on the PK this season.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will be out to build on their 5-2 road win over the New Jersey Devils in their last matchup. Sidney Crosby leads the Penguins in scoring with 48 points including 16 goals and a team-high 32 assists while Jake Guentzel has 45 points with a team-high 20 goals and 25 assists this season. Kris Letang has 34 points with 27 assists and Bryan Rust has also chipped in 16 goals and 17 apples on the year. as a team, Pittsburgh is averaging 3.4 goals on 29.6 shots per game with a 23% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.8 goals on 29.6 shots with a 76.8% success rate on the PK this season.
Philadelphia is 1-4 in their last 5 games overall and 4-14 in their last 18 games as an underdog while the over is 20-6-1 in their last 27 games as a road underdog. Pittsburgh is 6-1 in their last 7 games following a win and 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall. The over is 17-6-3 in the last 26 meetings between these two teams.
I get the case that can be made for both sides here, as the Penguins have been so good, especially at home this season. However, I think that this game plays true to form as an in-state rivalry normally would, and I could see this being a 3-2 game that may even need overtime. Lots of talent on both sides here, but there’s going to be a battle here. Give me the under.