NHL Games Feature Flyers at Penguins and Bruins at Wild

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

By Kyle Markus
BETCRIS Philadelphia Flyers vs Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have won the past two Stanley Cups but have not put it all together as of yet in 2017-18. The Penguins are hoping to catch fire down the stretch in order to enter the postseason with some momentum. They will face off against the Philadelphia Flyers in a key game this week on national television.

That’s one of the big games of the week. As is a matchup between the Boston Bruins and Minnesota Wild. Boston is in second place in the Eastern Conference and is in range of catching top-seeded Tampa Bay. Minnesota is among the top four seeds in the Western Conference and would love to improve its positioning down the stretch.

Let’s take a look at these two nationally televised games in NHL odds.

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Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Date and Time: Sunday, March 25, 2018, 12:30 p.m. ET

Location: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins TV Coverage: NBC

The Penguins have gone 41-27-5 on the season for 87 points, which is a solid number but not among the highest seeds in the East. Pittsburgh has been great at home this season and struggled on the road, so the Penguins are happy to know this matchup will be on their ice.

The Flyers have a record of 37-25-12 on the season for 86 points. They could jump ahead of the Penguins in the standings with the upset, so this is a game with huge ramifications for both sides.

Player To Watch

Penguins center Evgeni Malkin has been playing well of late and will be a guy the Flyers need to slow down. If he has a point or two like in recent games, it will help Pittsburgh’s chances of defending its home ice.

Malkin has 40 goals and 49 assists on the season for a team-best 89 points. He has registered three goals and four assists in the past five games, helping the Penguins to three wins in that span.

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Free Picks

The Penguins have been fantastic at home this season and that should continue against an inferior foe.

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins ATS Pick: Take the Penguins to cover and the “over” on the scoring total

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Score Prediction: Penguins 5, Flyers 3

Boston Bruins at Minnesota Wild

Date and Time: Sunday, March 25, 2018, 7:30 p.m. ET

Location: Xcel Energy Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Boston Bruins at Minnesota Wild TV Coverage: NBC Sports Network

Boston has gone 45-17-9 on the season for 99 points, which is five behind the Lightning. The Bruins have played two fewer games so Tampa Bay is not out of reach in the standings. Boston has gone 7-2-1 in its last 10 games.

The Wild is 41-24-8 straight up this season for 90 points in 73 games. Minnesota has a plus-17 goal differential on the season and has gone 5-4-1 in its past 10 games.

Key Stat

24. That’s the number of wins Minnesota has at home this season. Minnesota has been fantastic on its ice with a record of 24-6-7. So while the Wild has the inferior record overall it could be favored in this one. The Bruins have gone 20-10-4 on the road so this should be an intriguing matchup.

Boston Bruins at Minnesota Wild Free Picks

The Bruins would love to catch Tampa Bay for the top seed and needs to win games like this down the stretch for it to happen. However, the Wild is tough at home. Minnesota is the pick to win the game with a late really.

Boston Bruins at Minnesota Wild ATS Pick: Minnesota on the moneyline

Boston Bruins at Minnesota Wild Score Prediction: Wild 3, Bruins 2

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