Philadelphia Flyers vs Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 5/3/21

The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers meet in NHL action from the Wells Fargo Center on Monday night.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to build on a 3-0 win over the Capitals in their last matchup. Sidney Crosby leads the Penguins in scoring with 56 points including 20 goals and a team-high 36 assists while Jake Guentzel has 53 points with a team-high 22 goals and 31 assists and Bryan Rust and Kris Letang each have 41 points with Rust logging 22 goals of his own and Letang chipping in 34 assists this season. As a team, Pittsburgh is averaging 3.4 goals on 30.1 shots with a 22.1% success rate on the PP while allowing 2.8 goals on 29.9 shots with a 77.6% kill rate on the PK this season.

The Philadelphia Flyers will look to bounce back from a 4-1 loss to New Jersey last time out. Jakub Voracek leads the Flyers in scoring with 40 points including a team-high 31 assists while James van Riemsdyk has 39 points with a team-high 16 goals and 23 assists. Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier each have 36 points with double-digit goal and assist tallies while Joel Farabee has 32 points with 16 goals and 16 assists and Travis Konecny’s on 30 points with 20 assists this season. As a team, Philadelphia is averaging 2.8 goals on 29.9 shots with a 19.6% success rate on the PP while allowing 3.6 goals on 29 shots with a 72.8% success rate on the PK this season.

Pittsburgh is 6-1 in their last 7 road games and 22-8 in their last 30 games overall while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record. Philadelphia is 1-4 in their last 5 games overall and 6-17 in their last 23 games as an underdog while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 home games. The over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

I get why you could look at the Flyers as a home dog, but the thing about the Flyers is that they have nothing to play for at this point in the season while the Penguins have positioning to play for and home ice through the division rounds of the postseason would be huge for the Penguins given how dominant they’ve been at home this season. I’ll lay the juice with the Penguins in this spot.

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