Penguins vs pilots odds
|prospects for flyers||+200|
|Above under||6.5 (-120 / +100)|
|time||4 p.m. Eastern time|
|Chances are via BetMGM. Get up-to-the-minute NHL Odds here.|
Another year’s battle for Pennsylvania will conclude when the Philadelphia Flyers host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday afternoon.
After a four-day break earlier in the week, the Penguins beat Boston 4-0 on Thursday and beat Detroit 7-2 on Saturday to begin a two-game winning streak. With three games remaining, they are trying to put off the Washington Capitals and cling to third place in the DC division.
As for the pilots, they play the chord. Their latest six-game losing streak has pushed them to last place in the Metro, but they were knocked out with a 6-3 win over Montreal on Thursday night.
Here’s the latest news on both teams, and your best bet in the game.
The biggest news about the Penguins is the injury of base guard Tristan Gary last week. He’s listed as week by week with what is believed to be a broken bone in his foot.
Casey Desmith played well in Gary’s absence, conceding just four goals in three matches. He secured the win on Saturday in Detroit, which likely set up Louis Domingu for a nod against the Flyers on Sunday.
The 30-year-old with 141 career games of NHL experience, Domingue has only appeared in one game for the Penguins since signing as a free agent last September. On January 15, he saved 40 goals in Pittsburgh’s 2-1 overtime win over the San Jose Sharks, so he’s earned 976 saves and 0.99 goal-for-the-NHL average this season. In the AHL, where he played for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins this year, he has a 10-9-2 record, 0.924 savings and 2.41 GAA.
On Sunday, the Penguins will return Evgeny Malkin to the squad after serving a four-game suspension due to accidental scrutiny of Nashville’s Mark Borovicki.
Regardless of the goal, it looks like Pittsburgh will improve in time before the playoffs after dealing with more than its fair share of injuries. And despite all the challenges of the roster, Mike Sullivan pulled another solid campaign out of his squad. The Penguins are in the playoffs for the 16th year in a row – a streak dating back to Sidney Crosby’s second season in the NHL. Regardless of who’s on the ice, Pittsburgh continues to deliver strong base numbers—10th in the league this year in Corsie by 5 on 5, 6th in projected goals share and 8th in High-Risk Corse by percentage.
The Penguins are also excellent at penalty kicks, with the second best success rate in the league. However, their strength performance is more inconsistent than you’d expect – an average of 20.9% for the year, with just two goals in 10 games in April.
If you haven’t watched the Philadelphia Flyers much this season, you’ll hardly recognize the group hitting the ice on Sunday.
Of course, Captain Claude Giroud was flown to Florida on the deadline. The club’s injured roster is also as long as your arm these days, with several players out for the rest of the season.
Franchisees such as Sean Couturier and Carter Hart stand on the sidelines. So are newcomers Cam Atkinson, Rasmus Restolainen and Ryan Ellis, as well as additional defenders Cam York, Nick Sealer and Kevin Connaughton.
After seeing Iron Man’s streak cut with some health scrapes earlier this month, Keith Yandle was pressured to return to the service. New rookie Ronnie Attard and AHL, Igor Zamula and Linus Hojberg, are gaining some major league experience on the Blue Line.
In the foreground, youngsters Owen Tibbett, Morgan Frost, Noah Keats and Bobby Brink also watch important minutes.
The Flyers have long missed the playoff scene playing the string with an eye toward picking a high draft. They’re 5-13-0 since Giroud played his last orange and black game in mid-March. For the season, they are sixth in predicted goals ratio at 5 out of 5, seventh worst in penalties and last kills in strong play, and have scored one goal in the past 11 games.
Sunday’s game is the first of a straight set for the Pilots. Look for Martin Jones to start the home game against Pittsburgh, while call-up Felix Sandstrom is likely to play his fourth game in the National Hockey League in Chicago on Monday.
Jones was doing his best to take on most of the burden after Hart’s injury, but has allowed 22 goals in his past 18 stints, for a 4.82 average and 0.855 save percentage.
Penguins vs. the choice of pilots
Fans in Philadelphia are bound to give the penguins their usual rough ride on Sunday, but many of the new young pilots are just getting started on that rivalry. We may not see the usual intensity this time.
The Penguins have won all three games of the season this year – a 6-2 win at Philly in January and a pair of wins in Pittsburgh, with overtime champion Letang playing in both.
With the penguins trying to fend off Washington and retaining the elimination ranking while the under-piloted pilots have little to play for, the outcome of this game should be relatively straightforward.
At +6.5, the increase looks like a strong manipulation at -120. For a slightly better value, Pittsburgh set back on the puck’s streak for a third consecutive multi-goal win.
picking penguins -1.5 (+100); reduce to -120