Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Pick
Tristan Jarry is the latest Penguin to take a beating in net, as the Pens fell by a score of 6-3 to the Avalanche. The Avs have been lighting the net on fire this season and Pittsburgh were their latest victims. Jarry allowed 5 goals on only 25 shots to watch his GAA fall to 3.50 and save percentage go to 0.887. DeSmith has performed the best out of three goaltenders, with a 2.41 GAA and 0.924 save percentage. Everybody has to be better defensively for the Penguins, though.
They’re not going to win anything by allowing 3.25 goals per game. Their offence is good once again this season. That’s going to happen with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on the same roster, but they can’t win a seven-game against a top-notch offence without some help defensively. In their last ten games, the Penguins have averaged 3.4 goals per game, while allowing 3.3 goals. It’s not really surprising to find that they have a record hovering around .500 then.
Philadelphia are 29th with 3.58 goals per game, so it could be worse for the Penguins. After the shutout against the Rangers, they got drilled for 10 goals in their next two games. Subtract that game and they’ve allowed 5.25 goals per game in their previous four outings. On the road it’s been worse as well, with 3.73 goals allowed on average. Conversely, Pittsburgh have actually been better on the road defensively. They have given up 3.67 per game in Pittsburgh. At least it’s been an entertaining product for those in attendance, I suppose. It’s likely not going to matter if the Flyers go with Pickard or Stolarz. Pickard is lucky to have a job and Stolarz should be in the minors.
The 24-year-old owns a 3.38 GAA and 0.898 save percentage, while Pickard is uglier with a 4.01 GAA and 0.863 save percentage. He’s just lucky that Neuvirth and Elliott haven’t been healthy. The last meeting between the Flyers and Penguins resulted in an 8-5 win for the Penguins. High-scoring games have been common between these two, with the OVER going 7-1-3 in their last eleven meetings. It probably isn’t going to be as easy to hit as the 8-5 game, but the OVER should be able to get there in Pittsburgh on Saturday.