The Pittsburgh Penguins will host the Philadelphia Flyers in game 1 of their NHL Stanley Cup series. The NHL Playoff game is set to face off on Wednesday at 7PM Eastern Time. Pittsburgh is favored to win this Best of 7 series at –135 at Bookmaker.com where the line originates with the underdog Flyers bringing back +115 to their backers. In Game #1 the Penguins are –160 favorites with the Flyers underdogs at +140. The total has been set at 6 goals. The teams have met on 6 occasions on the season with the Penguins taking 4 of their 6 meetings. They last met on March 22nd at Pittsburgh with the Flyers taking a 3-1 victory. The Flyers road victory at the Penguins broke an 8 game losing streak on Pittsburgh ice. The starting goaltender in Game 1 for the Philadelphia Flyers will be Martin Biron. In 5 starts versus Pittsburgh this season Biron is 2-2 with an overtime loss and a goal against average of 3.37. The Flyers enter the playoffs losers of 5 of their past 8 games and dropping 1 goal decisions in each of their losses. Starting at goal for the Penguins will be Marc-Andre Fleury. In 34 starts at home Fleury is 20-11 with a goal against average of 2.37. Fleury faced the Flyers on 5 occasions this season winning 3 games and losing one with one overtime loss. Fleury’s goals against the Flyers this season is just under a 3 goal a game average. Fleury’s was 14-6 in last year’s NHL Playoffs with a goal against of just 1.97 with 3 shut outs. In last year’s NHL Stanley Cup playoffs Martin Biron went 9-8 with one shut out with an average goals allowed of 2.97. That’s a full 1 goal against difference between the two starting goaltenders in the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Trend: Pittsburgh is 8-1 straight up in their past 9 meetings at Pittsburgh.
The Wagerline consensus has 69.8% of the bettors on Pittsburgh -160
The Wagerline consensus has 50.3 % of the bettors playing Under 6.