Penguins vs. Flyers Game 3 Preview & Expert NHL Betting Prediction

Posted by Eric Williams on Friday,April 13, 2018 4:29, EDT in

After getting completely embarrassed in their stunning 7-0 shutout loss against Pittsburgh in game 1 of their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series and not yet taking to the ice for Game 2, there’s only one question that needs to be asked when it comes to Game 3. Can the humbled and NHL betting underdogs Philadelphia Flyers rebound from their huge Game 1 debacle by holding down the fort in their first postseason game at home?

Let’s check the latest odds for Game 3 and find out right now.

Game 3 Preview & Expert NHL Betting Prediction: Pittsburgh at Philadelphia

  • When: Sun. Apr 15, 2018 3:00 PM
  • Where: Wells Fargo Center-PA, Philadelphia, PA
  • TV: NBC
  • Radio: TuneIn
  • Live Stream: NHL.tv
  • NHL Betting Odds: TBA

Recent Head to Head (Last 10 Games)

  • Score: Pittsburgh Penguins 3.90 / Philadelphia Flyers 3.00
  • Shots: Pittsburgh Penguins 29.50 / Philadelphia Flyers 33.40
  • Power Play Goals: Pittsburgh Penguins 9 / Philadelphia Flyers 5
  • Number of Power Plays: Pittsburgh Penguins 29 / Philadelphia Flyers 35
  • Power Play Percentage: Pittsburgh Penguins 31.09 / Philadelphia Flyers 14.29
  • Penalty Kill Percentage: Pittsburgh Penguins 68.97 / Philadelphia Flyers 85.71

Why bet on Pittsburgh?

Well, right now, the better question would be, why not bet on the Penguins? Seriously though, the Pens have won five straight against the Flyers at the time of this writing including their 7-0 beatdown on Wednesday.

Future Hall of Fame Center and two-time league MVP Sidney Crosby was at his very best as he scored a hat-trick in the overpowering win while Pittsburgh also got a highlight reel goal from Evgeni Malkin. Afterward, however, Crosby downplayed his team’s convincing victory.

“I mean, it’s one game,” Crosby said. “Whether it’s 7-0 or 1-0 or double overtime, it’s one game. A big part in the playoffs is to get better every game and to adjust, and that’s the way we have to look at it.”

Jake Guentzel had a goal and three assists for Pittsburgh. Bryan Rust and Carl Hagelin also scored and Matt Murray stopped 24 shots for his third straight playoff shutout.

The Penguins, who finished the regular season ranked third in scoring (3.3 gpg) were on top of their game from the outset and they looked nothing like the team that wasn’t very impressive defensively in ranking 20th in goals allowed (3.0 gpg).

Why bet on Philadelphia?

Why bet on the Flyers in Game 3? Well, because they’re playing at home and can’t play any worse than they did in Game 1.
Pittsburgh scored five goals in the first 29:01 to chase goalie Brian Elliott, and the Flyers simply could not keep up.

“It was one of the worst games I’ve been a part of,” Flyers forward Claude Giroux said.

Philadelphia coach Dave Hakstol pulled Elliott after Crosby smacked Brian Dumoulin’s point shot out of the air and knocked it by a stunned Elliott to put the Penguins up 5-0 just before the game’s halfway point. Elliott stopped 14 of 19 shots before being replaced by Petr Mrazek. Mrazek made 12 saves, but Hakstol indicated he’s likely to go with Elliott again in Friday’s Game 2.

Dave Hakstol and the Flyers are not the NHL Betting favorites to win the series against the Penguins.

“They beat us from pretty much every aspect tonight, starting from the net out,” Elliott said. “Everybody just has to be better.”

Philadelphia (42-26-14) was respectable in ranking 12th in scoring (3.0 gpg) and 15th in goals allowed (2.0 gpg), but you’d never know they weren’t dead last at both ends of the ice by looking at their Game 1 performance.

Latest NHL Betting Trends

  • Philadelphia is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Philadelphia is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Pittsburgh’s last 10 games

Expert Analysis and Prediction

Philadelphia will be a bit desperate and they’ll be playing on their home ice, but right now, I just don’t see any way the Flyers can overcome a Pittsburgh team that is simply better than they are, particularly, at the offensive end of the ice.

The Penguins have gone a near perfect 8-1 in their last 9 Conference Quarterfinals games heading into Friday night and 5-1 in their last 6 games overall.

Conversely, Philadelphia is just 2-5 in their last seven games after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game and just 2-6 in their last 8 Conference Quarterfinals games.

No matter where they play, Pittsburgh is infinitely better!

Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins 4 – Philadelphia Flyers 3