Pittsburgh vs Philadelphia
Pittsburgh Penguins will host Philadelphia Flyers in the Game 1 of the first playoff round. Two great rivals but I have no doubts the Penguins are the better of the two sides. The two straight times defending champions have been on the top of their form when it was the most important (somewhere around all star break and after it) and thus they finished the season way better than it seemed they would after early struggles. Now in playoffs, IMO we'll see Pittsburgh strong again.
But specifically for this game 1, I like the most bet over the totals. The line is set at 6, for me this is very nice if you like over.
Pittsburgh is one of best offensive teams. They are second best in shots on goal per game, just behind Florida. They are also great on power play. In the same time they were not too good (at least not late in regular season) when it comes to penalty killers.
Pittsburgh closed the regular season with 4 or more scored goals in four of the last five games.
Philadelphia has scored at least four goals in every of the last four games in regular season.
So, I think Flyers could score some goals here too especially given on fact Matt Murray was not too sharp lately.
Flyers on the other side have had problems with goalies entire season, injuries, bad form... Brian Elliott will start for them tonight. Poor is not strong word enough to describe his performance this season when faced the Penguins.
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Pittsburgh vs Philadelphia prediction
|Over 6||Pinnacle||1.97||8||7-0 WON (+7.76 units)|