The Pittsburgh Penguins (19-15-4) travel to face off against the Philadelphia Flyers (20-13-6) on Monday, January 8th. This game will be played at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia and televised on NBCS. The Flyers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Penguins are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Sabres. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Philadelphia Flyers
The Pittsburgh Penguins Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Heading into this game, the Penguins are 12th in the Eastern Conference and 7th in the Metropolitan Division. They have an overall record of 19-15-4 and have gone 10-14 against other Eastern Conference teams this season. On the road, Pittsburgh is 9-7-3 and has won two straight games away from home.
As the favorite in this game, the Penguins have been favored in 24 of their 38 games this season, going 11-10-3 in those games. Over their last ten games, Pittsburgh has gone 6-4 and has a record of 3-2 over their last five games. In their last three games, the Penguins have gone 1-2.
On the road, the Penguins have a puck line record of 9-10 this season, and their average scoring margin away from home is +.3 goals per game. In their last ten road games, the team’s puck line record is 4-6.
So far this year, Pittsburgh has won 13 games by multiple goals, and they have a puck line record of 18-20 overall. When favored, the Penguins have a puck line mark of 9-15, and their puck line record vs. the Metropolitan Division is 9-10.
The Penguins are looking to bounce back from a 3-1 loss at home to the Sabres. The first two periods saw the Penguins struggling to find the net on offense, but they turned things around by scoring one goal in the third period. During power plays, the team scored one goal. In total, they recorded 41 shots on goal and had 12 giveaways.
Pittsburgh took a loss vs. the puck line in the game, going into the game favored by -1.5. With a combined total of 4 goals, the game concluded below the over/under line of 7.
The Philadelphia Flyers Are Coming Off A Win
At home this season, the Flyers are 9-7-2, and in the Eastern Conference, they are 10-9. Overall, Philadelphia is 20-13-6, and they are currently 3rd in the Metropolitan Division.
Over their last 10 games, the Flyers have gone 4-6, and they have dropped two straight games as the underdog. In their last five games, Philadelphia has just one win, and they come into this game with 46 points, which puts them in 6th place in the Eastern Conference.
At home, the Flyers are 8-10 on the puck line this season and 3-7 in their last 10 home games. Overall, Philadelphia’s puck line record is 26-13, and they have gone 23-5 vs. the puck line as the underdog.
This season, the Flyers have 12 wins by multiple goals and have gone 5-5 vs. the puck line in their last ten games. In their last three games, Philadelphia is 0-3 vs. the puck line and 0-5 in their last five home games.
In their previous game, the Flyers hosted the Flames and game away with a 3-2 win. In the opening period, the Flyers couldn’t find the net on offense, but they rebounded with two times in the second period and one goal in the third. One of Philadelphia’s three goals were generated during power plays, while one were scored when shorthanded. In total, they had 42 shots on goal.
Despite the straight-up win, Philadelphia did not cover the puck line, as they were favored by -1.5. The game finished below the over/under line of 6 with a combined total of 5 goals.
Pittsburgh Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Penguins come in averaging 3 goals per game this season, which is 21st in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 7th in the league. So far this year, the Penguins are 12-9 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 6-6 in games with fewer shots on goal.
The Penguins have posted an over/under record of 15-20-3 so far this season. During last season, they participated in 33 games that did not exceed the over/under line set at 6. On average, their games had 6.4 goals per game.
Philadelphia Offense Breakdown
When looking at their offense, the Flyers have an average of 2.9 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 23rd in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 3rd in the league. In terms of the Flyers’ offense during power plays, they are 31st in power play goals and 1st in shorthanded goals.
The Flyers come in with an over/under record of 15-23-1. Over the course of the season, they have had 20 games failing to surpass the 6 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 5.8 per game.
Pittsburgh Team Defense
Defensively, the Penguins are currently 17th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.4 shots per game against Pittsburgh. They also are 1st in shutouts, coming in with 5 shutouts.
Philadelphia Team Defense
The Flyers defense is currently 26th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 28.6 shots per game against Philadelphia. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 8th with 3 shutouts.
Penguins vs Flyers Trends
- Across their ten previous road games, Pittsburgh has an puck line mark of 4-6. Their straight up record in these matchups was 4-6 while averaging 3 goals per game.
- Through their last five home games, Philadelphia has an puck line record of just 0-5. However, their overall record was 3-2 while averaging 2 goals per game.
- Through their last five games as the betting underdog, the Flyers have a strong record vs the puck line going 4-1. Their straight up mark in these contests is 1-4.
- Through their last five matchups as the betting favorite, the Penguins have a good straight up record, but their puck line mark is just 2-3.
For a moneyline bet, I’m backing the Penguins to secure a victory over the Flyers on the road. With the moneyline currently set at -122, I’m locking in my bet on the Penguins straight-up.
For my recommended choice in the puck line, I’m leaning towards the Flyers to cover. Even if the Penguins secure a straight-up win, this game is expected to be tightly contested, and the Flyers should cover the puck line.
If you’re looking at the over/under line set at 6 goals, our prediction is that this game will exceed that mark, and we strongly advise placing a bet on the over.
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