The Philadelphia Flyers, spearheaded by Sean Couturier and Travis Konecny, are ready to take the ice against Evgeni Malkin, Bryan Rust, and the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena in a Metropolitan Division showdown. The first puck will drop at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, January 31, and you will be able to catch it live on AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Odds
Philadelphia (+150) is currently the underdog to Pittsburgh (-170) and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at an even 6 goals (-120 for the over, +100 for the under) at FanDuel Sportsbook.
Netting 7.3 units for moneyline bettors, Pittsburgh is 31-19 straight up (SU) overall this year. That winning percentage, ranked second in the league in this young season, is an improvement over the 44-38 record from last year’s regular season campaign. Of its 50 games this season, 24 have gone under the total, while 24 have gone over and just one has pushed. The team’s 18-8 SU at home this year.
The Penguins have converted on 19.6 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 12th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 82.1 percent of all penalties.
Averaging 27.2 saves per game with a .929 save percentage, Tristan Jarry (16 wins, nine losses, and one OT loss) has been the most dependable option in goal for Pittsburgh this year. If head coach Mike Sullivan chooses to give him a breather, however, the team might turn to Matt Murray (16-11-11 record, .900 save percentage, 2.84 goals against average).
On the visiting bench, Philadelphia is 27-23 straight up (SU) and has earned 3.8 units for moneyline bettors this season. A total of 25 of its games have gone over the total, while 24 have gone under the total and just one has pushed. As the visiting team this season, the Flyers are 10-15 SU.
The Flyers have converted on 19.4 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked ninth overall and it’s successfully killed off 82.4 percent of all penalties.
Carter Hart (2.61 goals against average and .905 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Philadelphia. Hart is averaging 22.1 saves per game and owns a 15-17-3 record.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Picks
Prediction: SU Winner – Penguins, O/U – Under
The Penguins are 3-0 in games that go to shootout. The Flyers are 5-5 in shootouts.
For both of these teams, the under has hit in three of their last five outings.
Over Pittsburgh’s last ten outings, four of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 1-3 in those games).
The Pens this season have recorded the second-most hits per game in the NHL (28.6).