Date/Time: November 13th, 8:00 p.m. ET
Television: NBC Sports Network
Moneyline: Pittsburgh -240
The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers have one of the most fierce rivalries in hockey betting action, but it has been an awfully one-sided series of late. Can the Flyers turn the tide? We’ll all find out on Wednesday night when these two meet up at Consol Energy Arena.
The poor Flyers only have six wins in their first 17 games this year, and they are clearly in a heck of a lot of trouble this season. Just about every facet of this team stinks. The offense is averaging just 1.8 goals per game, and the defense is allowing 2.6 goals per game. About the only thing that is keeping this team going is the play of G Steve Mason. Mason has five of the team’s six wins and a 2.15 GAA, and without his efforts in the pipes, forget about it. Mason played last night in the shutout victory over the Ottawa Senators on the road, and it is unlikely that he is going to end up playing in this one. Instead, that means that G Ray Emery is likely set to make his first appearance since picking a goalie fight against the New Jersey Devils. Emery had a great season last year with the Chicago Blackhawks, but this season, he has been a wreck. The vet has a 1-3-0 record with a 3.25 GAA, and his .879 save percentage is amongst the worst in the NHL.
The Pens are eager to get back to their winning ways after losing back to back games by scoring just one goal in each clash. That’s something that is highly unusual for a team that figures to score at least three goals per game this season, and that number might be closer to four when it’s said and done with. C Sidney Crosby has been held off of the stat sheet in consecutive games, and that’s highly unusual as well. The few days off should get this team focused once again, and that’s important. There is just too much talent here to fail. Sid the Kid, as expected, leads the team with 23 points, but four other players already have double digits of points scored as well. LW Chris Kunitz and LW Jussi Jokinen actually have eight goals apiece as well to tie for the team lead with Crosby. Keep an eye on D Kris Letang in this one. He is really in good form so far this year in his eight games, especially over the course of the last two weeks. He could be due to strike at any given moment.
Though we do have to admit that we think Pittsburgh is winning this game more often than not, we just don’t see the point in laying -240 in this game. The Flyers are actually a 3-3-1 team on the road this year. It’s at home where they have had all of their problems. With the Pens in bad form at the moment, we see this as a situation where the +210 underdog might end up coming in for a big time payoff.
Philadelphia Flyers @ Pittsburgh Penguins Pick: Philadelphia Flyers +210
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