Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated May 04, 2021

The floodgates opened for the Flyers against Pittsburgh on Monday night. Philadelphia opened the scoring for the first time in their last 11 games and also buried three goals in the opening period for the first time since mid-January.

Pittsburgh
37-16-2-1
AT
May 04, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia
25-23-4-4
Puckline -1.5 +147
Moneyline -170
Over / Under o +6.5

87%

Betting Action

13%

Puckline +1.5 -177
Moneyline +142
Over / Under u +6.5

87%

Betting Action

13%

The Flyers won’t be in the playoffs this year, but one team they’ve had success against is Pittsburgh.  These teams will face off for the eighth and final time this season when they meet on Tuesday in Philadelphia for the second straight.  The Penguins are tied for the East Division lead with Washington, but if they want to clinch the division they’ll need a better performance than the 7-2 pounding they took from Philly on Monday.

Pittsburgh is a -172 favourite to win on the NHL odds with a total of 6.5.

Penguins vs. Flyers Betting Analysis

This season has been a disaster for the Flyers, but they can at least say they won the Battle of Pennsylvania.  Philadelphia has won five of seven meetings against Pittsburgh this year and it’s worth noting the Over has hit six times between these teams.

The Penguins have been fairly comfortable on the road this season and they come into Tuesday’s game with six wins in their last eight games outside of Pittsburgh.  They’re 24-29 against the spread, but they’ve only covered in one of their last five road games.  The total has gone Under in five of the Pens’ last 10 games.

Outside of Monday’s win, home hasn’t been kind to the Flyers lately, as they’ve lost 10 of their last 14 games in Philadelphia.  They’re 23-29 ATS and they’ve only covered in 10 of 26 home games.  Philly has hit the Over in four of their last five games.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Evgeni Malkin picked up an assist in his return to the Penguins lineup on Monday, but it wasn’t nearly enough to get the win.  Malkin had missed the previous 23 games with a lower-body injury.  Sidney Crosby and Jason Zucker had the goals for Pittsburgh.  Crosby has had another strong season and he leads the team in scoring with 57 points (21G, 36A) in 52 games.  Casey DeSmith allowed four goals on 37 shots through two periods, but he didn’t start the third period after suffering a lower-body injury.  There’s no word on how serious the injury is, but he’ll almost certainly be out of the lineup on Tuesday.  Tristan Jarry made five saves in relief of DeSmith.  Jarry, who should get the start on Tuesday, is 23-9-3 on the season with a 2.70 goals-against average and .911 save percentage.

Philadelphia Flyers

For the first time in 11 games, Philadelphia opened the scoring on Monday and they didn’t look back.  It was also the first time the Flyers have scored three goals in the first period since January 15, also against Pittsburgh.  Claude Giroux (2G, 1A), Joel Farabee (1G, 2A) and Jakub Vorachek (3A) all recorded three-point nights.  Vorachek is Philly’s leading scorer this season with 43 points (9G, 34A), while Farabee is leading the team with 17 goals.  Alex Lyon made 35 saves for his first NHL win since February 2020.  With Lyon playing last night and Carter Hart (MCL sprain) out for the rest of the season, the Flyers are turning to Brian Elliott on Tuesday.  Elliott is 13-8-2 on the year with a 3.02 GAA and .890 SV.

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