Despite choking away a lead in Game 1 of their first-round series on Wednesday night the Pittsburgh Penguins are still big home favorites for Game 2 against the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday.
A 3-0 lead wasn't enough for Pittsburgh in the opener on Wednesday, as they frustrated their supporters on the NHL betting lines by allowing four unanswered goals in 4-3 overtime defeat.
Jakub Voracek had the OT winner for the Flyers on Wednesday as they won as +155 underdogs and continued their run as the league's best road team.
The Flyers will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 47-26-9 this season, while the Penguins are 51-25-6. Philadelphia is 43-37-2 against the total, while Pittsburgh is 43-31-8 versus the number.
Hockey odds makers opened the Penguins as -215 moneyline favorites in this matchup over at . Over under bettors saw the number open at 6 but it was bet quickly down to 5.5 at 5Dimes.
The Penguins sit at No. 1 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Flyers sit at a No. 3 on the same chart.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Pittsburgh's No. 1-ranked offense (3.4 goals per game) against a Flyers defense that ranks No. 21 at 2.8 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 19.7% rate while the Flyers have a 81.8% rate on the penalty kill.
The Flyers were a 4-3 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Penguins. That made winners of bettors who got Philadelphia at +170 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.
Philadelphia Flyers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Tampa Bay are 9-1
After playing Pittsburgh are 6-4
After a win are 3-7
Pittsburgh Penguins Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Ottawa are 6-4
After playing Philadelphia are 5-5
After a loss are 8-2
A few Flyers at Penguins trends to consider:
Philadelphia is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 8 games
Philadelphia is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Pittsburgh's last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Pittsburgh's last 9 games at home
Pittsburgh is 18-4 SU in its last 22 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
Philadelphia home to Pittsburgh, Sunday, April 15