Philadelphia Flyers (41-30-9) at Pittsburgh Penguins (51-24-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday April 12, 2014, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -147 / Philadelphia Flyers +134 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins will meet for the fifth and final time during the regular season on Saturday. The Flyers lead the series 3-1.
The Flyers are limping their way across the finish line entering the playoffs, as they’ve lost five of their last seven games. The offense has killed the Flyers during this stretch, as six of their last seven losses have come when they’ve scored two or less goals. Meanwhile, goalie Steve Mason has been money behind the net, as he’s won seven of his last 10 starts and has allowed two or less goals in six of his last eight starts. The Philadelphia Flyers are 17-16-2-5 on the road this season.
The Penguins are finishing the regular season strong heading into the playoffs, as they’ve won five of their last seven games. The Penguins have scored three or more goals in four of their last six games, and Sidney Crosby has four assists and six points in his last five games. Defensively, goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed two or less goals in five of his last eight starts. The Pittsburgh Penguins have lost five of their last nine home games and are 28-9-0-2 at home overall.
The Flyers are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. The Penguins are 48-16 in their last 64 home games and 61-25 in their last 86 games playing on 2 days rest. The Flyers are 10-3 in the last 13 meetings in Pittsburgh, while the road team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
The Flyers have had the Penguins number this season and have had a great deal of success playing in Pittsburgh over the years. Although the Flyers have been sleepwalking the past couple of weeks, getting them plus money in a battle between two playoff teams seems worth the risk.
Take the Flyers.