Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Game Preview

The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers square off at PPG Paints Arena in Game 1 of the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This one will get going at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 11 and it will be shown live on NBC Sports Network.

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Odds

Pittsburgh (-185) is currently favored over Philadelphia (+160). The Over/Under (O/U), set at an even 6 goals, initially opened at -115 for the under and -105 for the over. Those odds have moved since they opened, and they now sit at -120 for the under, +100 for the over.

Pittsburgh is 47-35 straight up (SU) and has recorded 1.7 units for moneyline bettors this year. Of the team’s 82 games this season, 47 have gone over the total, while 33 have gone under and just two have pushed. The team is 30-11 SU at home this season.

The Penguins enter the matchup with the second-best power-play unit in the NHL, as they have converted on 26.2 percent of their extra-man advantages this season. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 17th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 80.0 percent of all penalties.

The Penguins, as a collective unit, have been penalized 4.0 times per game overall this season, 4.2 per game over their last five outings total, and 3.8 per game over their last five home outings. The team’s had to kill penalties for 9.2 minutes per contest over their last five home games.

Averaging 26.3 saves per game with a .907 save percentage, Matt Murray (29 wins, 20 losses, and three OT losses) has been the top option in goal for Pittsburgh this season. If Pittsburgh chooses to rest him, however, the team may go with Tristan Jarry (15-11-11 record, .908 save percentage, 2.77 goals against average).

Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel will both be focal points for the Penguins. Malkin (98 points) has tallied 42 goals and 56 assists and has recorded two or more points 26 times this year. Kessel has 34 goals and 58 assists to his credit and has recorded a point in 56 games.

On the other side of the ice, Philadelphia is 42-40 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. Through 82 regular season contests, 44 of its games have gone over the total, while 36 have gone under and just two have pushed. The Flyers are 20-21 SU as the visiting team this season.

The Flyers have converted on 20.7 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 28th overall and it’s successfully defended 75.9 percent of all opponent power plays.

Philadelphia’s skaters have been penalized 3.4 times per game in total this season, 3.4 per game over their past five games total, and 3.0 per game over their last five games as the visiting team. The team has had to kill penalties just 6.5 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Brian Elliott (2.66 goals against average and .909 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Philadelphia. Elliott is averaging 26.0 saves per game and owns a 24-19-7 record.

For the visiting Flyers, the offense will run through Claude Giroux, who’s got 68 assists and 34 goals this season.

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Predictions

Free NHL Pick: SU Winner – Penguins, O/U – Over

Betting Notes

  • The total has gone over in three of Pittsburgh’s last five games.
  • The Penguins this season have recorded the seventh-most hits per game (23.8).