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The Flyers arrival in town should also ensure Pittsburgh's full attention since they have defeated them in their last six encounters...
My free play is on Philly/Pitt Under at 8:05 ET.
Pittsburgh will find themselves down a man on defense with both Christian Ehrhoff and Kris Letang out for tonight's Metropolitan Division class between these two in-state rivals. With the Penguins' lacking the salary cap flexibility to call up another defenseman, they will have to resort to relying on a five-man rotation at their blue-line where all five will be expected to log in more minutes. At least in the short-term, that should not impact Pittsburgh's tenacity on its end of the ice. This team has the luxury of leaning on goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury who has bettered his numbers after the All-Star break with a 2.18 goals against average and a .922 save percentage. The Pens have plenty at stake as they fight for home ice advantage for the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Flyers arrival in town should also ensure Pittsburgh's full attention since they have defeated them in their last six encounters. The Penguins average 2.8 goals per game but see that mark fall a half-goal to 2.3 goals per game against division rivals. Pittsburgh has also played seven of its last nine games under the number against teams with a winning percentage below .400.
Philadelphia enters this contest looking to rebound from a 3-2 loss to San Jose in the shootout on Saturday. The Flyers now go on the road where the under is 5-0-2 in their last seven road games against teams with a winning record on their home ice. Much of the "credit" for these unders can go to the Philly offense that scores only 2.3 goals per game away from home which does not reach their 2.6 goals per game average for the season. However, while the Flyers' offense struggles when playing in hostile environments, a pleasant surprise for this team already eliminated from the playoffs, has been the play of Steve Mason. The netminder has a very respectable 2.24 goals against average this season along with a .927 save percentage based on a sensational second-half of the season where he has produced a .939 save percentage and 1.89 goals against average since the All Star break. Take the under.
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