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Thursday NHL Odds, Projected Starting Goalies and Predictions

Carter Hart and Keith Yandle celebrate

Philadelphia Flyers’ Keith Yandle, right, and Carter Hart celebrate after an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The Philadelphia Flyers take on the Pittsburgh Penguins as road underdogs on Thursday, November 4th
Sidney Crosby will be out of the Penguins’ lineup again after testing positive for COVID-19
See the Flyers vs Penguins odds, betting analysis and best bet for this big NHL rivalry matchup

It’s the first of four matchups in the Battle of Pennsylvania tonight as the Philadelphia Flyers pay a visit to their hated rivals from across the way, the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena with puck drop at 7pm ET and
the Penguins listed as short moneyline favorites  at home on the NHL betting line.

We’ve seen a ton of wild affairs between these two sides over the years and we don’t expect this one to let us down either, although it is disappointing that Penguins’ captain Sidney Crosby will be missing in action. Crosby made his season debut on Saturday after offseason wrist surgery, but tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday and will once again be sidelined amongst others on the Pens.

So will the depleted Penguins rise up to the challenge? Let’s take a look at the Flyers vs Penguins odds and lines while also peaking at SBD’s NHL best bet for this Eastern Conference matchup.

Flyers vs Penguins Odds

Game Time
Team
Puck Line
Total
Moneyline

7pm ET
Philadelphia Flyers
+1.5 (-255)
O 6 (-110)
-105

November 4th, 2021
Pittsburgh Penguins
-1.5 (+205)
U 6 (-110)
-115

Odds as of November 3rd at DraftKings

It’s important to keep in mind, the Penguins have been riddled with injuries all season so far and have still managed to be competitive at 3-3-2.

Not the news we were hoping for.

Coach Sullivan confirms that Sidney Crosby and Brian Dumoulin missed practice after testing positive for COVID-19. Both players are in the COVID protocol right now.

Crosby has mild symptoms and Dumoulin is currently asymptomatic.

— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) November 3, 2021

In fact, without their top three centers, their top defenseman and one of their best wingers, they defeated the Maple Leafs 7-1 a couple of weeks ago! Just look at the difference in the names atop their scoring leaders from this season compared to last.

Penguins Scoring Leaders through 8 Games

This Season
Points
Last Season
Points

Danton Heinen
6
Sidney Crosby
7

Brock McGinn
5
Bryan Rust
6

Evan Rodrigues
5
Teddy Blueger
5

Drew O’Connor
5
Jake Guentzel
5

The star power is definitely missing on the left hand side of your screen, but the players in the lineup are still keeping the Penguins from falling out of the playoff race, although their Stanley Cup odds have taken a hit as they’re at +2800 with the oddsmakers betting that Sid and company don’t have another run left in them.

Flyers Back on Track

The Flyers, on the other hand, have been one of the more entertaining and surprising teams early this NHL season, with a record of 5-2-1 and scoring an average of 3.5 goals per game, good for sixth in the league. The hot start still isn’t good enough to have them in the top eight in the Eastern Conference Playoff picture according to the NHL playoff odds, but their betting odds to make it have shortened from +104 at the start of the season to -125 right now.

They were scoring a ton early on, but got shutout by Calgary Saturday before rebounding with a 3-0 shutout of their own over the lowly Coyotes Tuesday.

The Flyers had the slight advantage in the head-to-head matchup when the teams met eight times during the COVID-19 impacted season last year and a lot of goals were scored between the two.

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Flyers vs Penguins Recent Results

Date
Home-Away
Money Line
Puck Line
Over/Under

05/04/2021
PHI 3 – PIT 7
PIT
PIT
Over

05/03/2021
PHI 7 – PIT 2
PHI
PHI
Over

04/15/2021
PIT 1 – PHI 2 (SO)
PHI
PHI
Under

03/06/2021
PIT 4 – PHI 3
PIT
PHI
Over

03/04/2021
PIT 3 – PHI 4
PHI
PIT
Over

Coming off a shutout, the Flyers will ride the hot hand with Carter Hart in goal. Hart had a miserable campaign last year, but actually performed well against the Penguins with a 3-1 record and 2.70 GAA. Pittsburgh will likely counter with their own number 1 in Tristan Jarry, as backup Casey DeSmith has struggled so far.

Flyers vs Penguins Projected Starting Goalies

Team
Goalie
Record
SV%
GAA

Philadelphia Flyers
Carter Hart
3-2-0
.928
2.33

Pittsburgh Penguins
Tristan Jarry
3-2-0
.926
2.15

The Penguins defense could be missing three regulars due to COVID protocol, so Jarry could be seeing a lot of rubber in this one from the free-wheeling Flyers.

Flyers vs Penguins Prediction & Prediction

This is a tough one to call, as it always is between these two rivals. In the end, although they’re a very well coached team, I think the injuries are going to catch up to Pittsburgh and Philadelphia will win a tight one.

Pick: Philadelphia Flyers Moneyline (-105)

Author: wpadmin

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