|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NHLThe teams from Pennsylvania depart the City of Brotherly Love for the Steel City as this series of unsurpassed scoring continues tonight. The puck drop is set for 7:30ET in the Consul Energy Center and the game can be seen nationally on the NBC Sports Network.
That statue of Rocky in downtown Philly is more indicative of how this series has gone than any mention of love though. They should have given Slyvester Stallone, I mean Rocky, a hockey stick with all the scoring that has occurred in these games. Forty Five goals, yes, count them 45, have been scored by the teams combined. The Flyers hold the advantage 23-22 and the series lead 3-1.
Pittsburgh did a lot of catching up, not to mention avoid elimination in their 10-3 beatdown of the Flyers in Philly on Wednesday. Fifty one million dollar man, Ilya Bryzgalov was pulled after allowing 5 shots to get past him out of only 18 attempts. Not wanting to feel left out, backup netminder Sergei Bobrovsky came in to promptly give up 5 of his own. While it appears Bryzgalov will get the start again tonight, Michael Leighton, who was a solid goalie during the Flyers run to the 2010 Stanley Cup Championship Finals versus Chicago has been recalled from the minors just in case. A series of injuries led to Leightons demotion.
Points leaders in the series thus far are two veterans, Claude Giroux for the Flyers and Sidney Crosby for the Pens, who got into a scrap of their own in an earlier contest. Giroux has 10 points with 5 goals and Crosby has 8 points with 3 scores total. Jordan Staal leads Pittsburgh with 5 goals of his own. Where have you gone Evengi Malkin?
Checking the goaltending stats is a scary proposition as The aforementioned Bryzgalov has a goals against average of 4.96 and save percentage of .844 while Marc-Andre Fleury has 5.42 and .817 respectively for Pittsburgh.
The Penguins are a heavy home favorite in hockey betting at -$190, while the Flyers are an inviting +$165. Theres no surprise with a somewhat elevated 7 goals as the over/under at $120/$100.