2019-20 NHL – Pittsburgh Penguins @ Philadelphia Flyers Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Pittsburgh Penguins @ Philadelphia Flyers taking place? Wednesday 22nd January, 2019 – 00:30 (UK)

Where is Pittsburgh Penguins @ Philadelphia Flyers taking place? Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia

What channel is Pittsburgh Penguins @ Philadelphia Flyers on? Premier Sports

Where can I stream Pittsburgh Penguins @ Philadelphia Flyers? Premier Sport subscribers can stream this match live via Premier Player

Where can I get tickets for Pittsburgh Penguins @ Philadelphia Flyers? https://www.nhl.com/tickets

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Pittsburgh Penguins 7 – 1 Philadelphia Flyers

THE TEAM NEWS

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

  • The Penguins enter this game having won three of four games last week including tough matchups against playoff contenders such as the Boston Bruins and the Minnesota Wild. They are 4-1 over their last five games and, as a result, Pittsburgh sit in third place of the Eastern Conference standings with 67 points out of 49 games.
  • Pittsburgh may be quite depleted ahead of this contest with up to six potential absentees, including centers Nick Bjugstad, Dominik Kahun and Dominik Simon, as well as defenceman Justin Schultz, are either questionable or doubtful here. Brian Dumoulin and Jake Guentzel have been ruled out.
  • Star center Sidney Crosby returned from injury last week, and he has been absolutely on fire since coming back to the lineup. He has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his last four games, and he is up to 25 points in only 21 games during the current campaign.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

  • The Flyers have been wildly inconsistent over the last few games and they have posted a 3-2 mark during their most recent five-game stretch. They are coming off a 4-1 home win against the Los Angeles Kings in their most recent game and remain very much alive on the playoff race, as they sit in eighth place of the Eastern Conference standings with 58 points in 49 contests.
  • Philadelphia will have and wait to see if winger Michael Raffl will be available, as he has been listed as a game-time decision for this tilt. Goaltender Carter Hart, defenceman Shayne Gostisbehere, center Nolan Patrick and winger Oskar Lindblom have all been ruled out.
  • Travis Konecny has been one of Philadelphia’s top scoring threats this season, and he is on a good run of form at the moment. He has four points, including three goals, in his last four games and 42 points in 46 games.

THE PREDICTION

Philadelphia remain capable of pulling the upset here, especially since they are playing at home where they have posted the third-best record of the Eastern Conference with 36 points out of 24 games. However, the Penguins seem to have found new life following the return of Sidney Crosby and they remain a stronger side on both ends of the ice. Considering both teams enter this matchup quite depleted, the Penguins should get an edge solely due to their stronger roster and higher consistency level throughout the current campaign.

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