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Flyers, Penguins on NHL Lines

Can anyone stop the Pittsburgh Penguins? Hockey betting fans are about to find out. Sidney Crosby and the Pens will put their 12-game winning streak to the test when they battle the Philadelphia Flyers on the road on Tuesday night.

Even though the Pens have looked unstoppable of late, inching closer to their own NHL record of 17 straight wins set in 1992-93, oddsmakers list them as road underdogs. Bovada has the Pens at +110 on the NHL lines versus -130 for the hosting Flyers, with the OVER/UNDER set at 6 goals.

So why is Philly a favorite on the NHL lines? Because the Flyers are playing great hockey this season too. They lead the NHL with 105 goals and are 10-5-2 at home. Mike Richards, Claude Giroux, Jeff Carter, and Daniel Briere are all on pace to score at least 29 goals.

That said, many bettors will still gravitate toward the Penguins. Pittsburgh’s NHL line could be a good bet considering that it’s won 21 of its last 30 meetings with Philadelphia, and the road team has won six of the last seven meetings in this series. Also, Sidney Crosby just isn’t slowing down. He has 51 points in 31 games and at least a point in 18 straight games this season.

On Wednesday, the Detroit Red Wings and the St. Louis Blues meet in a Central Division battle. The Wings are an outstanding 11-3-2 at home on the year and will undoubtedly be favored on the NHL odds. Pavel Datsyuk is sure to make the Blues’ defense sweat; the shifty center had seven points over his last three games through Sunday's action. The last time he faced St. Louis he picked up a pair of assists as the Wings shelled Jaroslav Halak for seven goals in a victory.

After a five-game losing streak the Blues are righting the ship, going 2-0-1 over their last three contests. Going UNDER the total is usually a solid bet for Blues games; the under is 10-17-1 for St. Louis this season. Halak is a big reason for that; though Detroit hit him hard earlier this year, he has a 2.24 goals-against average.

Still, St. Louis looks like a risky hockey betting proposition against the Detroit Red Wings. The Blues can’t score; they have seven guys with at least five goals but no player with more than eight through 28 games; pro-rated to an 82-game season, that would give their top goal scorer just 23 goals. To put it in perspective, the Wings have five players with more goals than any other St. Louis player this season.