Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins - 7/28/20 NHL Pick and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers meet Tuesday in NHL exhibition action.

The Pittsburgh Penguins entered the break losing eight of their last 11 games and looking to be falling apart before our eyes. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Bryan Rust leads Pittsburgh with 27 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 49 assists and Kris Letang has 177 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 107 goals on 1,055 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed 78 goals on 985 shots.

The Philadelphia Flyers entered the break winning 10 of their last 12 games and it’s going to be interesting to see if they can rediscover that momentum. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Travis Konecny leads Philadelphia with 24 goals, Jakub Voracek has 44 assists and Claude Giroux has 197 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Brian Elliott has given up 80 goals on 796 shots faced and Carter Hart has allowed 95 goals on 1,100 shots.

The Penguins are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Philadelphia. The home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Philadelphia Flyers were the better team before the sport was shutdown due to the pandemic, and they've won three of the last five games against the Penguins. The Pittsburgh Penguins were falling apart quickly with the losses piling up and the injuries didn't help. However, the break allowed a veteran team like the Penguins to kind of recharge the batteries while getting healthy. You also have to question how being off for months impacts a team like the Flyers, as the last thing you want when hot is a break. The hiatus feels like it could only have helped the Penguins and possibly hurt the Flyers. This game will be interesting nonetheless. 

Give me the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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