Pittsburgh Penguins (43-16-9) at Philadelphia Flyers (31-29-8)
|Date & Time||Wednesday March 15, 2017, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers +115 / Pittsburgh Penguins -135 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Philadelphia Flyers and the Wells Fargo Center welcome the rival Pittsburgh Penguins to town for Wednesday night NHL hockey action.
The Pittsburgh Penguins found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time in a 4-3, shootout loss at the Calgary Flames on Monday night. On the flip side, the Flames remained red hot with a franchise tying ten straight victories. Kris Versteeg led the Calgary offense with the winner in the shootout while posting a pair of helpers. Johnny Gaudreau, Dennis Wideman and Deryk Engelland scored in regulation for the Flames with Brian Elliott getting the win as Calgary upped their record to 39-26-4. The Penguins received goals from Sydney Crosby, Conor Sheary and Evgeni Malkin with Marc-Andre Fleury taking the loss as a five game winning streak came to an end.
The Philadelphia Flyers need every point they can grab with their playoff hopes in the balance, but they came up empty Monday in a 5-3 defeat at the hands of the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets received a pair of goals from Cam Atkinson with Zach Werenski, Brandon Dubinsky and Sam Gagner also lighting the lamp. Former Flyer, Sergei Bobrovsky picked up the win and helped Columbus set a franchise record in wins (44) and points (94). The Flyers saw Travis Konecny tally two times with Brayden Schenn also joining the scoring column. Steve Mason absorbed the loss as Philadelphia is six points out of the second Wild Card with the end of the season fast approaching.
The Penguins are 0-4 in their last 4 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game and the under is 7-1 in Penguins last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record while the over is 13-3 in Penguins last 16 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game. The Flyers are 0-4 in their last 4 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation and the under is 7-0-1 in Flyers last 8 home games vs. a team with a losing road record while the Flyers are 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest. The Penguins are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and the under is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings in Philadelphia while the over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings.
As a Flyers fan I know time is running out and how well Pittsburgh has done in this match up. For now I lean Penguins and hope I’m wrong…