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NHL : ATS Matchup
Saturday 2/23/2019Line$ LineOU LineScore



PITTSBURGH (32-22-0-7, 71 pts.) at PHILADELPHIA (28-26-0-7, 63 pts.)
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Saturday, 2/23/2019 8:05 PM
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49PITTSBURGH-125Ov 6.5,-120-135Ov 6.5,-105
50PHILADELPHIA+105Un 6.5,+100+115Un 6.5,-115
PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games32-29-0-12.932-29-12.929-273.432.53.133.6
Team Stats (Road Games)15-15-0-3.915-15-3.915-143.432.43.032.7
Last 5 Games3-2-0+0.53-2+0.53-23.433.43.636.6
vs. Division10-8-0-3.510-8-3.57-93.332.63.233.0
PITTSBURGH Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)6121068805759198410.6%1674124.6%354
Team Stats (Road Games)301032642323597210.6%782532.1%168
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5174760116710.2%13538.5%29
Team Stats (vs. Division)18591922162258610.1%531120.8%100
Stats Against (All Games) 19156705871320509.3%1713319.3%326
Stats Against (Road Games) 89263127599829.1%851112.9%151
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 18864001839.8%16531.2%32
Stats Against (vs. Division) 57171920145949.6%58813.8%93
PITTSBURGH - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
CASEY DESMITH (All Games)3429102193391.4%114-15-9.514-15-0-1013-13
CASEY DESMITH (Road Games)141341637590.1%04-9-84-9-0-86-6
CASEY DESMITH (vs. Division)9724222191.3%04-3-0.14-3-002-4
CASEY DESMITH (Last 4 Games)4311810488.1%01-2-1.11-2-0-12-1
TRISTAN JARRY (All Games)22625588.7%00-2-2.30-2-0-21-1
TRISTAN JARRY (Road Games)22625588.7%00-2-2.30-2-0-21-1
TRISTAN JARRY (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
TRISTAN JARRY (Last 4 Games)22625588.7%00-2-2.30-2-0-21-1
MATT MURRAY (All Games)303095687391.3%118-12-1.118-12-0015-13
MATT MURRAY (Road Games)151549746593.6%011-4+6.411-4-0+68-7
MATT MURRAY (vs. Division)111134931790.8%06-5-3.46-5-0-35-5
MATT MURRAY (Last 4 Games)4415014093.3%03-1+1.63-1-0+22-2

PHILADELPHIA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games28-33-0-7.328-33-7.331-292.931.43.431.7
Team Stats (Home Games)15-16-0-5.315-16-5.316-
Last 5 Games3-2-0+1.33-2+1.33-13.428.24.037.6
vs. Division5-10-0-6.25-10-6.27-82.531.93.328.1
PHILADELPHIA Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)6117944577261319189.3%1823117.0%304
Team Stats (Home Games)3193213038469879.4%992020.2%161
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5173491114112.1%13323.1%31
Team Stats (vs. Division)15379621154787.7%49612.2%63
Stats Against (All Games) 206646966712193510.6%1824223.1%323
Stats Against (Home Games) 1002730394698210.2%922122.8%157
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 2010370118810.6%13215.4%28
Stats Against (vs. Division) 491418161342211.6%41614.6%71
PHILADELPHIA - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
BRIAN ELLIOTT (All Games)161343840191.6%26-7-1.96-7-0-16-7
BRIAN ELLIOTT (Home Games)10827224991.5%13-5-3.43-5-0-33-5
BRIAN ELLIOTT (vs. Division)22464291.3%01-1-0.61-1-0-11-1
BRIAN ELLIOTT (Last 4 Games)4210910293.6%00-2-2.80-2-0-30-2
CARTER HART (All Games)222266260791.7%013-9+513-9-0+58-13
CARTER HART (Home Games)151548344491.9%010-5+5.410-5-0+57-8
CARTER HART (vs. Division)44826984.1%00-4-40-4-0-41-3
CARTER HART (Last 4 Games)44948287.2%02-2-0.12-2-002-1
ALEX LYON (All Games)21312580.6%00-1-1.20-1-0-11-0
ALEX LYON (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
ALEX LYON (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
ALEX LYON (Last 4 Games)21312580.6%00-1-1.20-1-0-11-0
MIKE MCKENNA (All Games)11731628289.2%01-6-41-6-0-44-3
MIKE MCKENNA (vs. Division)6419517388.7%00-4-40-4-0-42-2
MIKE MCKENNA (Last 4 Games)431028987.3%00-3-30-3-0-32-1
MICHAL NEUVIRTH (All Games)7618415885.9%11-5-4.81-5-0-54-2
MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Home Games)22503978.0%00-2-2.80-2-0-32-0
MICHAL NEUVIRTH (vs. Division)431079487.9%01-2-1.81-2-0-22-1
MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Last 4 Games)4311810387.3%10-3-3.20-3-0-32-1
ANTHONY STOLARZ (All Games)121035832390.2%04-6-3.44-6-0-35-5
ANTHONY STOLARZ (vs. Division)331009494.0%02-1+1.42-1-0+21-2
Average power rating of opponents played: PITTSBURGH 3.11,  PHILADELPHIA 3.12
1/28/2019NEW JERSEY3-6L0, -240L6.5 unO
1/30/2019TAMPA BAY4-2W0, +100W7 unU
2/1/2019OTTAWA5-3W0, -270W6.5 ovO
2/2/2019at TORONTO2-3L0, +130L7 unU
2/5/2019CAROLINA0-4L0, -140L6.5 evU
2/7/2019at FLORIDA2-3L0, -110L6.5 ovU
2/9/2019at TAMPA BAY4-5L0, +160L6.5 ovO
2/11/2019at PHILADELPHIA4-1W0, -120W6.5 unU
2/13/2019EDMONTON3-1W0, -175W6.5 ovU
2/16/2019CALGARY4-5L0, -140L6.5 ovO
2/17/2019NY RANGERS6-5W0, -235W6.5 ovO
2/19/2019at NEW JERSEY4-3W0, -170W6.5 ovO
2/21/2019SAN JOSE0-4L0, -110L7 unU
2/23/2019at PHILADELPHIA 
2/26/2019at COLUMBUS 
3/1/2019at BUFFALO 
3/2/2019at MONTREAL 

1/28/2019WINNIPEG3-1W0, +120W6.5 evU
1/29/2019at NY RANGERS1-0W0, -110W6.5 evU
1/31/2019at BOSTON3-2W0, +175W6 unU
2/2/2019EDMONTON5-4W0, -160W6 ovO
2/4/2019VANCOUVER2-1W0, -160W6 ovU
2/7/2019LOS ANGELES2-3L0, -170L5.5 unU
2/9/2019ANAHEIM6-2W0, -245W6 unO
2/11/2019PITTSBURGH1-4L0, +100L6.5 unU
2/12/2019at MINNESOTA5-4W0, +140W6 unO
2/16/2019DETROIT6-5W0, -185W6 evO
2/17/2019at DETROIT3-1W0, -140W6 evU
2/19/2019TAMPA BAY2-5L0, -105L6.5 ovO
2/21/2019at MONTREAL1-5L0, +130L6 unP
2/28/2019at COLUMBUS 
3/1/2019at NEW JERSEY 
3/3/2019at NY ISLANDERS 
PITTSBURGH: LAST SEASON: 47-29-6, 100 points. Finished second in Metropolitan Division.
LOST to Washington Capitals in Eastern Conference semifinals.
COACH: Mike Sullivan (fourth season, sixth NHL season).
ADDED: D Jack Johnson, C Matt Cullen.
LOST: F Conor Sheary, F Tom Kuhnhackl, D Matt Hunwick, F Carter Rowney.
PLAYER TO WATCH: G Matt Murray. The 24-year-old endured an up and down first season as the franchise's full-time starter. His goals against average (2.92) and save percentage (.907) all took significant dips off his previous two seasons. Having spotty play in front of him didn't help. If Murray can return to the steady form that helped the Penguins to consecutive Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017, Pittsburgh will be a tough out in the postseason.
OUTLOOK: Pittsburgh's bid to become the first team in more than 30 years to "threepeat" ended with a loss to Washington. They opted to tinker than totally retool in the offseason, splurging on Johnson and bringing back the 42-year-old Cullen to provide depth down the middle. With Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin around, the Penguins will always be in the mix. But with the core of Crosby, Malkin, Phil Kessel and Kris Letang all in their early 30s, staying fresh for eight months will be a challenge.
PHILADELPHIA: LAST SEASON: 42-26-14, 98 Points. Third in Metropolitan Division.
LOST to Pittsburgh Penguins in first round of Eastern Conference playoffs.
COACH: Dave Hakstol (fourth season, fourth NHL season).
ADDED: F James van Riemsdyk, D Christian Folin.
LOST: F Matt Read, D Brandon Manning.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Nolan Patrick. The Flyers bet their future on the 20-year-old Patrick when they made the center the No. 2 pick of the 2017 draft. Patrick had been bothered by a variety of injuries and but didn't need offseason surgery for the first time since 2015. Patrick's ice time jumped late in the season and he could blossom into a star this season paired on a line with James van Riemsdyk, a 36-goal scorer who signed a $35 million, five-year contract. On a team that still counts on the veterans for the bulk of the scoring, Patrick's emergence would show the Flyers were right to start a rebuild.
OUTLOOK: The Flyers have won between 33 and 42 games each of the last five years, a streak of mediocrity that sometimes gets them in the playoffs and sometimes it doesn't. The Flyers would like to not have to wait until the final week of the season to qualify for a playoff berth but it's difficult to imagine they can approach 100 points this season.
Penguins, Flyers enter Stadium Series in frosty mood

The timing for the participants Saturday in an NHL Stadium Series outdoor game is, well, interesting. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers might not be in a celebratory mood coming off particularly tough losses.

The league's outdoor games come with pageantry, special uniforms, national TV and at least some expectation of excitement on the teams' parts. It will be no different Saturday at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field. home of the NFL's Eagles.

But the Penguins were steamed and frustrated after a 4-0 pasting at home on Thursday by San Jose, and the Flyers were kicking themselves after a 5-1 loss at Montreal the same night.

And that's on top of a weather forecast that is even more gloomy. Several agencies are calling for rain, with the National Weather Service forecasting a 90-percent chance of rain for Saturday night as of Friday morning. Heavy rain could force a postponement, perhaps until Sunday.

Pittsburgh will use the Metropolitan Division matchup against the Flyers to try to bounce back from the San Jose loss after the Sharks scored three power-play goals and a shorthanded goal.

"We're extremely frustrated ... and disappointed, but we don't have any time to sit and dwell on it. We've got to focus on the next one," Penguins veteran forward Matt Cullen said. "We have to turn the page. It doesn't matter what the scenario is at this point of the season. You've got to turn the page in a hurry and move forward."

Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan was as short and terse postgame as he's ever been, declining to discuss a series of scrums late in the loss and his ensuing ejection from the game.

But Sullivan did stress a need for his team to be resilient.

"It's essential to have success in this league," he said. "It's hard to win. You're going to have nights where it goes your way, and you're going to have nights like (Thursday)."

Both teams fell behind 3-0 after one period in their Thursday losses.

"We get scored on on two horrible neutral-zone forechecks, and that set the tone for the game," Philadelphia interim coach Scott Gordon said after his team gave up multiple odd-man rushes.

It was the second straight game that 20-year-old goaltending phenom Carter Hart gave up three goals on nine shots and got pulled, although against Montreal he was victimized by a series of turnovers by his teammates.

"You look at these past two games, and you put it behind you and learn from it," said Hart, who has been instrumental in the Flyers' push to get back into the playoff conversation.

Philadelphia was 12-1-1 in its 14 games before its current two-game losing streak, with the only regulation loss in that stretch coming 4-1 against the Penguins Feb. 11.

Instead of starting Hart in the nationally televised game, Brian Elliott was tabbed to start by Gordon, who revealed the somewhat surprising news after the team's Friday practice, saying "if this game was at any other time, we would have gone back to who the other goalie was."

Philadelphia will be without veteran defenseman Radko Gudas, who on Saturday will be serving the second game of a two-game NHL suspension.

This will be the teams' second outdoor meeting. The Penguins beat the Flyers 4-2 in 2017 at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field, home of the NFL's Steelers.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 5/27/2019 8:14:41 AM EST

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