Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers Prediction, NHL Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated Jan 13, 2021

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The first game of the season is a battle of Pennsylvania and the first of a home-and-home in Philadelphia between the Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Pittsburgh
3-2-0
AT
January 13, 2021, 5:30 PM ET
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia
3-1-0-1
Puckline +1.5 -283
Moneyline -105
Over / Under o +6

41%

Betting Action

59%

Puckline -1.5 +234
Moneyline -115
Over / Under u +6

41%

Betting Action

59%

The already-established rivalry could reach new levels this season, with the new-look East Division having these divisional rivals square off eight times before the post-season.

Puck drop in front of no fans at Wells Fargo Center is at 5:30 p.m. EST.

Penguins vs. Flyers Betting Analysis

In a change of events, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are heading in opposite directions. The Flyers ended 2020 with seven playoff wins and 13 wins in their last 20. The Penguins meanwhile were upset in the Qualifying Round and have won just four of their last 15 games.

But as it usually stands with rivals, there’s no edge when these teams go head-to-head. Pittsburgh’s 5-3-2 in their last 10 against the Flyers, a point better than Philadelphia’s 5-4-1 record in that same timespan.

With no major advantages either way, oddsmakers are giving the slightest lean to Philadelphia who currently is -115 on the moneyline. The over-under is set at six, as both teams finished in the top 10 for goals per game a year ago.

Pittsburgh Penguins

General manager Jim Rutherford needed more from his team, causing quite a bit of re-tooling this past off-season. Since winning back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2017 and 2018, Pittsburgh’s won seven post-season games in three years and didn’t qualify for last year’s official playoffs.

Rutherford addressed the team’s recent failures by keeping the team’s nucleus of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Kris Letang intact but swapping around other key assets. He parted ways with Patrick Hornqvist, Matt Murray, and Nick Bjugstad to get Kasperi Kapanen, Mike Matheson, and Colton Sceviour back in several trades.

It’s the beginning of the next wave in Pittsburgh. It’s Tristan Jarry’s crease, Matheson and John Marino are pencilled in for top-four minutes on defence, and Crosby and Malkin are now in their mid-30s.

Philadelphia Flyers

A fourth-place finish during the regular season and their deepest playoff run since losing the Stanley Cup Final in 2010 marked a successful 2019–20 season in Philadelphia. The Flyers might not feel the same though after getting shutout 4-0 in a Game 7 to end their time in the NHL bubble.

It rightfully called for a quiet off-season in Philadelphia. Defenceman Matt Niskanen retiring was their biggest loss, but they brought in Erik Gustafsson in free agency. Otherwise the Flyers re-signed Nolan Patrick, Justin Braun, Robert Hägg, Nicolas Aubé-Kubel, and Brian Elliott.

Now healthy, Philadelphia possesses a deep forward group with a young stud in net in Carter Hart. If there’s any questions with the Flyers, it’s overall talent on defence.

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