The last game of the season between the Pittsburgh Penguins (2nd in East Division) and the Philadelphia Flyers (6th in the East) will take place in the City of Brotherly Love, with the hosts leading the series 5-2-0.
Pens End Win RunA two-game winning run came to an end for the Pittsburgh Penguins (34-16-3), who lost for the second time in their past eight fixtures (6-2-0) following a 7-2 fiasco at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center last night. The Pens were outshot 45-37, won just 32% of all the face-offs and killed two of their three penalties, eventually scoring two power-play goals (2-for-4) of their own at the start of the third period when the Flyers were already leading 4-0. Sidney Crosby (21 goals, 57 points this year) and Jason Zucker (8 goals, 15 points) lit the lamp for the Pens, while Evgeni Malkin (8 goals, 25 points) notched an assist on his return from a 23-game lay-off with a lower-body injury.
Coach Sullivan: "We are trying to gain home-ice advantage and finish as strongly as we can. We want to feel good about our game... I didn't envision us coming out and having this type of game. We've got to find a way to move past this and get excited for the next one." pic.twitter.com/AafqlnVzhS— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) May 4, 2021
Goalie Casey DeSmith (11-7-0 on the season with a 2.54 GAA and a .912 save percentage) conceded four goals on 37 shots in the first two periods yesterday before being pulled for Tristan Jarry (23-9-3 on the year with a 2.70 GAA and a .911 save percentage), who made five saves in relief. Jarry is 6-4-1 against Philadelphia in previous encounters with a 3.13 GAA and a .894 save percentage. The Penguins, meanwhile, are 4th in most goals scored per game this season (3.34), 13th in least goals given up on average (2.79), 8th in power play (22.6%) and 25th in penalty kill (77.5%).
Flyers Thrash PensThe Philadelphia Flyers (23-22-7) put an end to their latest three-game losing skid (0-3-0) after battering the Pittsburgh Penguins with a count of 7-2 at Wells Fargo Center yesterday. Claude Giroux (16 goals, 39 points this year) picked up two snipes and an assist. Joel Farabee (17 goals, 35 points) had a marker and two helpers, while Jakub Voracek (9 goals, 43 points) assisted on three tallies. Kevin Hayes (12 goals, 28 points), meanwhile, scored for the first time in 17 games to open the scoring at 5:58 of the first period, as the Flyers buried the opening goal of a contest for the first time in 11 tries.
Goalie Alex Lyon (1-3-0 this season with a 3.69 GAA and a .876 save percentage) stopped 35 shots last night for his first NHL victory in 15 months. Brian Elliott (13-8-2 for the current campaign with a 3.02 GAA and a .890 save percentage), though, is expected back in the crease for Philadelphia tonight, having already collected a 10-5-3 past tally against Pittsburgh with a 3.09 GAA and a .907 save percentage. The Flyers, meanwhile, are 16th in most goals scored per game this year (2.85), top of the league in most goals allowed on average (3.54), 19th in power play (19.6%) and 2nd from the bottom in penalty kill (72.6%).
Pittsburgh (according to Covers.com)
- Penguins are 4-0 in their last 4 games following a loss of 3 or more goals.
- Penguins are 6-2 in their last 8 road games.
Philadelphia (according to Covers.com)
- Flyers are 0-5 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest.
- Flyers are 1-8 in their last 9 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Penguins have failed on five consecutive trips to Philadelphia. Still, do back them to steady the ship tonight! The Pens have been super-efficient when bouncing back from heavy defeats, winning four straight games following a loss by a margin of at least three snipes, notching four victories in their previous five outings after conceding at least five markers in their prior fixture. They have also impressed when finishing busy schedules, notching 13 triumphs on the most recent 16 occasions when playing the last matchup of a 4-games-in-6-days scenario. The Flyers, on the other hand, are a horrid 0-5 in their last five contests played with no rest and have only managed to follow up a win with another decent result on three of their past 16 tries.
Full-Game Total Pick
Goals have been pouring in during the Battle of Pennsylvania as regularly as raindrops in Seattle, with 18 of the past 28 overall meetings between the Penguins and the Flyers, and four of their past five encounters in Philadelphia all delivering a ton of strikes. When playing following a defeat by a margin of at least three tallies, Pittsburgh has also cruised past the set goal-mark on 14 of the last 17 occasions. Four of the previous five overall contests of the Flyers, meanwhile, have all been high-scoring clashes, averaging no less than 8.25 strikes per bout. So, do go with the Over in this one once again!