PPG Paints Arena will be the site for an enticing tilt as the Pittsburgh Penguins face off against the visiting Philadelphia Flyers. The game gets started at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, October 29, and you’ll be able to catch this divisional matchup live on AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh.
Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins Odds
Philadelphia (+130) is playing the role of underdog to Pittsburgh (-150), and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at an even 6 goals (-125 for the over, +105 for the under).
Earning 0.6 units for moneyline bettors, the Penguins are 7-5 straight up (SU) overall thus far. That early-season winning percentage is right in line with the 44-38 record the team produced during last year’s regular season campaign. Among the team’s 12 games this season, four have gone under the total, while four have gone over and just one has pushed. The team is 4-3 SU at home this season.
Pittsburgh has converted on 17.6 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 12th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.1 percent of all penalties.
As a collective unit, Pittsburgh has been penalized just 2.8 times per game this season, a number that’s improved from the 3.4 penalties per game given up last year. After serving an average of 8.3 penalty minutes per game a season ago the team has been forced to kill penalties for 6.8 minutes per matchup this year.
Averaging 26.1 saves per game with a .918 save percentage, Matt Murray (six wins, three losses) has been the primary goalkeeper for the Penguins this year. If they choose to rest him, however, head coach Mike Sullivan could go with Tristan Jarry (1-2-2 record, .939 save percentage, 2.02 goals against average).
Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel will each look to continue their strong seasons for the Penguins. Crosby (14 points) has tallied four goals and 10 assists and has recorded two or more points in five different games this year. Guentzel has six goals and six assists to his credit and has recorded a point in nine games.
On the visitors’ side of the rink, Philadelphia is 5-5 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.7 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. Through 10 regular season matches, five of its games have gone over the total, while an additional five have gone under the total and none have pushed. Philadelphia’s 1-4 SU as the visiting team this season.
Philadelphia has converted on 26.3 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s good enough for sixth-best in the league. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 10th overall and it’s successfully killed off 83.9 percent of all penalties.
Philadelphia’s players have been called for penalties 3.6 times per game this season, a number that’s fairly close to the 3.7 penalties per game given up last year. After serving an average of 8.9 penalty minutes per game a year ago, the team’s been forced to kill penalties for 7.8 minutes per matchup this season.
Brian Elliott (23.0 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Philadelphia. Elliott has three wins and three losses to his credit, while registering a .926 save percentage and 2.28 goals against average this year.
Travis Konecny (six goals, seven assists) will pace the offensive attack for the visiting Flyers.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Predictions
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Penguins, O/U – Over
- The total has gone under in three of Pittsburgh’s last five outings.
- The Flyers are 1-5 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 2-4 in games where they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes.
- After winning three of its four shootouts last year, Philadelphia is off to a 0-1 start in shootouts this season. Pittsburgh was 2-3 in shootouts last year and has yet to participate in one this time around.