Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers Prediction, NHL Odds

Daniel Coyle | Updated Jan 06, 2022

The Pittsburgh Penguins aim to extend the NHL’s current longest win streak to 10 games when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.

Pittsburgh
46-25-4-7
AT
January 06, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia
25-46-7-4
Puckline -1.5 +102
Moneyline -237
Over / Under o +6

80%

Betting Action

20%

Puckline +1.5 -123
Moneyline +197
Over / Under u +6

80%

Betting Action

20%

The Penguins open a six-game road trip in Philadelphia after posting an impressive 5-3 comeback victory over St. Louis on Wednesday. Conversely, the Flyers return home riding a three-game losing streak after falling 4-1 in Anaheim on Tuesday, but enjoy a modest two-game home win streak.

Backed by 71% of sports bettors, the Penguins rapidly gained momentum after opening as -207 favourites, and currently sit as lofty -220 chalk. Accordingly, the Flyers have tumbled to lengthy +183 home underdogs. The total has held steady at 6.0, but the OVER looks to be attracting sports bettor attention early game day wagering, and is pegged as a -115 bet.

Penguins vs. Flyers NHL Betting Odds

Thursday night’s matchup at Wells Fargo Center marks the second of three regular season meetings between these Metropolitan Division rivals. The Penguins eked out a 3-2 overtime win when these teams met in Pittsburgh on November 4, and now enjoy a two-game head-to-head win streak.

The Flyers hold an historical edge when facing Pittsburgh on home ice, posting wins in five of six while holding the Pens to three or fewer goals on five occasions. However, they were outclassed in a 7-3 defeat when the Penguins last visited in early May. The Flyers have also struggled to produce consistent results on home ice this season. Their current 2-0-0 run snaps a brutal five-game slide and lifts their home record to a middling 6-6-2.

Conversely, the Penguins have emerged as road warriors since opening the campaign with one win in five away dates. Pittsburgh has surrendered just 14 totals goals while winning eight of 10 road games since, a run that features three shutout victories.

Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins’ current surge has coincided with the steady return to form of Sidney Crosby. The legendary captain tallied just one goal and one assist in his first seven outings after seeing his season debut delayed by both a wrist injury and COVID-19. However, Crosby has since emerged as a force. No. 87 has racked up four goals and 16 assists over his past 20 appearances, with 15 of those points coming at even strength. While Crosby’s resurgence has captured the spotlight, the performance of Jake Guentzel cannot be overlooked. Guentzel contributed two assists in Wednesday’s win, and has now potted six goals and five helpers over his past four outings.

Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers have failed to maintain the momentum gained from the 4-0-1 run they took into the Christmas break, losing three of four since while scoring just two goals per game. Their recent three-game swing through California was marred by slow starts. The club surrendered four total first-period goals over their past two contests, and have scored just four total goals through 40 minutes over their past four contests. Injuries haven’t helped matters. In addition to the absence of Sean Couturier and Ryan Ellis due to injury, the club is also missing four players due to COVID-19, including Claude Giroux, Ivan Provorov, and Travis Konecny.

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