The Pennsylvania Pair: Will the Flyers or Penguins Ever Lose Again?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely noticed that the two NHL teams from Pennsylvania do fairly well at this time. I’m of course promoting them short as they have actually combined 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 from the Avalanche stretched their run to some round 10 wins in a row.
For Philadelphia, this is the longest streak they’ve 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 are the most a Flyers team has ever achieved and considering the program confronting the present rendition of the group and the way they’re winning, that document may stand up for a while longer. To split it, Philly will have to beat the Stars, Predators, Capitals and Devils. While most of these groups are underachieving, the odds that the boys from the City of Brotherly Love win four in a row are slim.
For reference, the longest winning streak in Pennsylvania expert sports history is 15. The Steelers and the Penguins equally maintain that record with the Pens winning out the month of March at 2013 and the’04 Steelers winning 14 consecutive regular season games and then one playoff game.
During their current streak, the Flyers have needed additional time on four occasions, have gone to a shootout once and have had half their 10 wins determined by one goal. By no means is Philly winning convincingly and with two of their next four games coming on the road, I can see this series ending shortly.
Their next game in Dallas will offer a massive obstacle as the Stars are one of possibly three or four teams that can score with the Flyers and Philly still wears the crown for permitting the most goals in the NHL. Dallas scored six to a stingy Ducks group on Tuesday so it is looking like the goal-scoring gears are starting to turn in Big D.
The value for the Flyers will keep getting inflated if they keep winning and that’s excellent for bettors. Their winning streak makes people think they will keep on winning or they have a much better chance of winning because of”momentum” I don’t buy into that and will be evaporating the Philly cheesesteak eaters if that’s what the matchup advice tells me to perform.
The Penguins, on the other hand, have been blowing teams out of the water and I’m not sure they are ever going to lose again. Well, that confirms my recency bias. Still, yet another win will match the maximum run by this group since Mike Sullivan took over as the bench boss at Pittsburgh last December and there’s no telling just how many they can win in a row.
I wrote yesterday about how this group is giving flightless penguins a poor name since Pittsburgh is frigging soaring right now. The Pens are filling the net up with goals and are backing this up by playing solid defense and getting excellent performances out of their goaltender tandem of Matt Murray and Marc-Andre Fleury.
I don’t really think this team will never lose again but that I am, but starting to think the Pens are by far the best team in the NHL and that Sidney Crosby is still the best skater in baseball. Keep backing the Penguins and maintain riding the OVER as it’s now hit at an awesome 12 straight games.
Placing it to a gambling context: If you’d back these teams in every game during their streak, the Flyers moneyline would have made you a profit of $888 and the Penguins puckline could have earned you a profit of $506 — not too bad, eh?
Unfortunately, these teams don’t have any meeting until February 25 if they confront at Heinz Field at the NHL’s Stadium Series. I had been hoping they’d have a match while they were both on those crazy streaks but who knows, perhaps they’ll both win every game till then.
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