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Penguins Flyers Betting – Pens Avoid Sweep, Send Series Back To Pittsburgh

Posted by Don Melrose on 4/16/2012 7:04:48 PM

Sports betting players have been entertained from start to finish by the Eastern Conference match up between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, which has had everything you could ask for and more. But the Penguins have come up short in all three games so far and they’ll pull out their grittiest effort yet to send the series back home to Pittsburgh for a fifth game.

What: NHL Betting
When: Wednesday, April 18th,7:30 PM ET
Where:Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Pick:Pittsburgh Penguins
Why Bet On Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins got a pair of goals each from James Neal and Jordan Staal in their 8-4 loss in Game 3, and Neal was an all-around wrecking ball with hits that were bordering on dirty and the Flyers took exception to him in the third period, so he may have to keep his head up in Game 4. But Sidney Crosby had one assist, he was a -2 on the day and got involved in many of the shenanigans that went on during the game, and even though Evgeni Malkin had a better game with a pair of assists, he is still -4 for the series. But Marc-Andre Fleury, who has built his reputation on being a big-game goalie, allowed six goals on 28 shots and was pulled for Brent Johnson. His defense hasn’t been great in front of him, but Fleury is on the hook for at least three of the goals he let in, and that is probably being generous. The Penguins have the horses to score anytime they want, but none of it matters if they can’t keep the Flyers out of their net.

Aaron Asham (disciplinary reasons) may be suspended for this game as he cross-checked

Philadelphia’s Brayden Schenn in the face after Schenn buried Paul Martin with a fierce but clean hit, but Asham isn’t a concern for anyone. Simply put, the Penguins need their best players to put the team on their shoulders to avoid elimination and they have to remain disciplined in a hostile environment, which they clearly didn’t in Game 3. Fleury, in particular, has to make key plays when the team needs him.

Why Bet On Philadelphia Flyers

Daniel Briere, former Penguin Maxime Talbot and Matt Read all scored two goals apiece, while Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmons added singles for the Flyers, while Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 31 of the 35 shots he faced and he has been miles better than Fleury in this series. You can also tell that Briere is playing with a little extra jump after the Penguins injured him in the second-to-last meeting of the regular season between the two, and he now has four goals in three games, as does Giroux, who was involved with Crosby for much of the game. Even Talbot, the ex-Penguin, is getting in on the action with three goals and the Flyers are getting goals from everywhere.Philadelphia is beating their rivals to the punch in every facet of the game and Game 3 was a microcosm of how the season series has gone between the two.

Defense man Marc-Andre Bourdon (upper body) was hurt in Game 1 and still isn’t back, but wingers James van Riemsdyk (foot) and Tom Sestito (groin) are skating and could be back with the team soon, although they wouldn’t be risked for Wednesday’s game. The Flyers don’t need to add anything to the roster or do anything fancy, they just need to stick with what they’ve been doing and that is getting under the Penguins’ skin and taking advantage of a poor Pittsburgh defense.Philadelphia’s best players have outplayed their Pittsburgh counter parts, and they’re getting contributions throughout the lineup, while Bryzgalov has been sharp enough to make the necessary saves when he needs to. The Flyers need more of that to put their rivals to bed and advance to the next round.

How It Will Play Out

NHL betting odds have the Flyers as a -126 favorite to close out the series at home, while the Penguins are listed at +114 and those who are betting on the totals will see a total of 6.5, which is absurd for a playoff hockey game, but not when the two teams have combined to score 32 goals so far in the series.

This is all about pride for the Penguins and they just need to get one win to put a little doubt in the Flyers’ heads and go back to Pittsburgh. The Penguins’ top players haven’t been that in this series, but they’ll pull up their socks in this game, especially Malkin, who is due for a dominant performance. Fleury will also shut the door and keep the Penguins from getting swept by their bitter state rivals, so take Pittsburgh in your online betting book on Wednesday.

Penguins Flyers Betting Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins

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