It’s the Battle of the Keystone State on Monday evening, as the Philadelphia Flyers
(25-23-7) meet the Pittsburgh Penguins (28-20-7) at the Wells Fargo Center in one of the most heated rivalries in the NHL.
The Flyers have won nine of their last 10 games, putting them back in contention for the playoffs, with Scott Gordon overseeing a major upturn in form since replacing Dave Hakstol as coach. Their last game was a 6-2 win on home-ice on Saturday afternoon against the slumping Anaheim Ducks.
The Flyers are averaging 2.89 Goals per Game, which leaves them tied 18th in the overall NHL rankings. Defensively they are allowing 3.29 Goals per Game, which places them 24th overall. Sean Couturier is the leading scorer for the Flyers this season, with 23 goals to date. Claude Giroux leads on assists with 42.
In contrast to the Flyers, the Pittsburgh Penguins are in something of a dip in form, having lost their last four games and eight of their last 11. That said, there was no disgrace in losing 5-4 on the road at the excellent Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday evening.
The Penguins are currently averaging 3.42 Goals per Game, which leaves them 6th in the overall NHL standings. Defensively they are allowing 3.09 Goals per Game, which puts them 20th overall. Jake Guentzel has 26 goals this season, while Evgeni Malkin has provided 41 assists.
In terms of NHL betting predictions for this game, the Flyers have to be the tip on the Money Line odds to win this game given home-ice advantage and their impressive run of form, particularly compared to that of the currently struggling Penguins.
Pick: Money Line – Philadelphia Flyers @ +100 (888sport)