Pittsburgh Penguins (38-25-4) at Philadelphia Flyers (34-21-11)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers -105 / Pittsburgh Penguins -115 — Over/Under: 5.5
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The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers battle for second place in the Metropolitan division on Wedneday night.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are currently in second place in the Metropolitan division with 80 points. The Penguins are on a two game winning streak headed into Wednesday’s game. The Pens have won seven of their last 10 games played. In their last game the Pens defeated the Calgary Flames 4-3 on Mar. 5. Road games have been a struggle for the Pens this season as they are 13-17-3 in 33 road games.
Evgeni Malkin leads the team in points this season with 82 points (37 G, 45 A) in 63 games played this season. Matt Murray will be in net for this matchup. Murray has started in 37 games this season while posting a 23 wins, a 2.82 GAA and a .909 save % behind the net this season. The Penguins remain the league’s best power play unit converting on 26.4% with the man advantage. The penalty kill is 13th in the league killing off 81.7% of their penalties this season.
The Philadelphia Flyers currently sit in third place in the Metropolitan division with 79 points. In their last game played they were defeated by the Florida Panthers 4-1 on Mar. 4. The Flyers have won six of their last 10 but have received points in eight of their last 10. The Flyers have played well at home this season. The Flyers have played 32 games while posting a record of 16-10-6 at Wells Fargo Center.
Claude Giroux continues to lead the Flyers in points with 78 points (23 G, 55 A) in 66 games played this season. Petr Mrazek was acquired last week before the trade deadline and has been shaky. Mrazek has started in six games while posting three wins, a 2.93 GAA, and a .895 save % since being acquired. The Flyers are 15th in the league on the power play converting on 20.6% with the man advantage. The penalty kill has dropped to 29th in the league killing off 75.1% of their penalties this season.
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This game will be interesting to watch. The Pittsburgh Penguins will win this matchup. The Penguins have been the better team down the stretch. The goaltending is the biggest factor here as Matt Murray is a solid piece on the backend compared to Patr Mrazek. Special teams will be a huge factor in this matchup and whoever can capitalize on their opportunities should have a good chance on winning this game.