Penguins vs Flyers Prediction NHL Picks Today 4/2
- Apr 2, 2023, 3:27:32 AM
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The Philadelphia Flyers are set to face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 2, 2023. The Flyers will be the underdogs heading into the game, with a record of 29-33-13 and an away record of 12-16-8. Meanwhile, the Penguins have a record of 37-29-10 and a home record of 21-12-5.
The Flyers' goaltender, Carter Hart, will be out of the game due to an injury, which means that the Flyers will have to rely on Felix Sandstrom or Samuel Ersson to step up in his absence. Sandstrom has a record of 2-10-3, with a goals against average (GAA) of 3.49 and a save percentage (SV%) of .887. Ersson, on the other hand, has a record of 6-1-0, with a GAA of 3.07 and an SV% of .898.
For the Penguins, Tristan Jarry will be the starting goaltender. Jarry has a record of 22-10-6, with a GAA of 2.90 and an SV% of .910. Casey DeSmith may also see some time in the net, with a record of 14-16-4, a GAA of 3.20, and an SV% of .904.
The Flyers' top scorer is Travis Konecny, with 54 points, 27 goals, and 27 assists. Kevin Hayes follows close behind with 36 assists. Meanwhile, the Penguins' top scorer is Sidney Crosby, with 86 points, 31 goals, and 55 assists. Jake Guentzel is second on the team with 35 goals.
The Flyers have struggled to find the back of the net this season, with an average of 2.70 goals per game and a power play percentage of 16.3%. The Penguins, on the other hand, have a higher average of 3.20 goals per game and a power play percentage of 21.8%.
The Flyers will be without key players Nicolas Deslauriers, Travis Konecny, and Sean Couturier. Meanwhile, the Penguins' Jan Rutta is also out of the game.
Although the Flyers will be at a disadvantage without their top scorer and goaltender, they have shown resilience and determination in their recent games. However, the Penguins have a stronger offense and home-ice advantage, which could be the difference-maker in this game. Therefore, it is likely that the Penguins will come out on top in this matchup.