Philadelphia Flyers (34-32-8) at Pittsburgh Penguins (46-17-11)
|Date & Time||Sunday March 26, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -220 / Philadelphia Flyers +197 --- Over/Under: 6
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The Pittsburgh Penguins look to continue their remarkable stretch on home ice as they welcome in their biggest rivals in the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.
The Flyers look to keep their faint playoff hopes alive as they head into Pittsburgh to face off against their bitter rivals who are flying high and representing the state of Pennsylvania as the reigning Cup champions, much to the chagrin of the Flyers faithful. Philadelphia started the season strong and still have a winning record but they are in danger of missing out on the playoffs for the second time in three seasons as they have just eight games remaining on their schedule and sit eight points back of the Boston Bruins for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers lost a tough 1-0 decision to the Columbus Blue Jackets yesterday and things don’t get any easier as they head into Pittsburgh to take on a Penguins team that has lost only four regulation games all season when playing at the Consol Energy Center.
The Penguins meanwhile look to keep their pursuit of top spot in the NHL standings intact as they are in a dead heat with the Blue Jackets and Capitals in the Metropolitan division and with the playoffs around the corner and the regular season winding down I think we can expect to see the best of this team in the coming weeks. Pittsburgh is the defending Cup champions and are looking as dangerous as anybody to repeat as they have a well balanced, high profile offense, a serviceable blue line, and a goaltender in Matt Murray who is coming off a brilliant playoff run last year and should be confident in his ability to do so again.
The Flyers are 2-8 in their last 10 against the Metro and 7-19 in their last 26 road games while the Pens are 12-2 in their last 14 Sunday games and 41-12 in their last 53 home games. Pittsburgh needs to keep winning here and while the Flyers always give the Pens a great showing I don’t see it here.