Unless you have been living under a rock, you have likely noticed that the two NHL teams from Pennsylvania do pretty well at this time. I’m of course promoting them brief as they’ve actually united to win 17 straight games. The Penguins’ overtime win over the Bruins in their final game pushed their streak to seven while the Flyers’ triumph against the Avalanche extended their run to a round 10 wins in a row.
For Philadelphia, this is the greatest series they have had since 1985 when the second-generation Broad Street Bullies won 13 games in a row following the tragic loss of their Vezina-winning goaltender Pelle Lindbergh. That group went on to direct the Patrick Division in points but had been ousted from the playoffs in the first round.
Those 13 wins in a row would be the a Flyers team has achieved and considering the program confronting the present rendition of the group and how they are winning, that record may stand up for a while longer. To break it, Philly will need to conquer the Stars, Predators, Capitals and Devils. While most of these groups are underachieving, the odds that the boys in the City of Brotherly Love win four more in a row are slim.
For reference, the longest winning streak in Pennsylvania pro sports history is 15. The Steelers and the Penguins equally hold that record together with all the Pens winning the month of March at 2013 and the’04 Steelers winning 14 consecutive regular season games after which 1 playoff match.
During their current series, the Flyers have needed extra time on four occasions, have gone to a shootout after and have had half their 10 wins decided by one goal. By no signifies is Philly winning and with two of their next four games coming to the road, I will see this series ending shortly.
Their next match in Dallas will provide a massive obstacle since the Stars are one of possibly three or four groups that can score with the Flyers and Philly still wears the crown for permitting the maximum goals in the NHL. Dallas scored six to a stingy Ducks team on Tuesday so it is looking as the goal-scoring gears are starting to turn in Big D.
The significance of the Flyers will keep becoming inflated if they keep winning and that is excellent for bettors. Their winning streak makes people think they will continue winning or they have a better prospect of winning because of”momentum.” I don’t buy into this and will be evaporating the Philly cheesesteak eaters if that is what the matchup advice tells me to perform.
The Penguins, on the other hand, happen to be blowing teams from the water and I am not sure they’re going to lose . Well, that affirms my bias. However, one more win will suit the longest run by this group since Mike Sullivan took over as the bench boss at Pittsburgh last December and there is no telling how many they can win in a row.
I wrote yesterday about how this team is providing flightless penguins a bad name because Pittsburgh is frigging soaring at this time. The Pens are filling up the net with targets and are backing it up by playing strong defense and getting great performances from their goaltender tandem of Matt Murray and Marc-Andre Fleury.
I don’t actually think this group won’t ever lose again but I am, however, beginning to believe the Pens are by far the best team in the NHL and Sidney Crosby is still the best skater in baseball. Keep financing the Penguins and maintain riding the OVER as it’s now hit at a miraculous 12 straight games.
Placing it to a gambling context: If you had back those teams in each game during their series, the Flyers moneyline could have earned you a gain of $888 and the Penguins puckline could have made you a profit of $506 — not too bad, eh?
Regrettably, these teams do not have another meeting until February 25 when they face off at Heinz Field in the NHL’s Stadium Series. I had been hoping they would have a match while they were equally on those mad stripes but who knows, maybe they will both win every match till then.
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