NHL Betting: Penguins will waddle away from Florida with a victory

It's never quiet in Philadelphia and the Flyers have already been making negative headlines for the wrong reasons. 

Tonight's clash with Phoenix will be Craig Berube's second game as an NHL head coach after predecessor Peter Laviolette lasted just three games into the new season. It's likely that the manner of those opening defeats was a clinching factor but it's still the fastest firing in league history and an extremely harsh decision. 

In Berube's first behind the bench on Tuesday, the Flyers' came out with improved intensity though it was left to Steve Mason to stand tall and preserve an early 2-0 lead right through to the final buzzer. 

Although it's tapered by some tough assignments, Phoenix's road record was looking devoid of positives until a great 4-2 win last night in Detroit. Mike Smith is impressing in net and is central to their model but the defensive effort in front of him has so far been inconsistent. Promoting a new coach from within hasn't boosted confidence in Philly too noticeably and I think Phoenix can steal something at 2.26 including overtime.

Since getting a surprise victory to open their season, the Florida Panthers have flailed to a streak of three defeats that have exposed the frailties of their roster. 

Tonight is the Cats' opening home game and the Pittsburgh Penguins are probably the toughest opponents they have faced, which does not bode well. Tomas Vokoun's injury may have swiftly dealt with any questions about Marc-Andre Fleury's starting job, but Fleury has once again shrugged off his poor postseason performance to and looks in good nick. 

3.45 is the longest odds for a home team so far this season. I'll maintain that the Panthers are often harshly treated and would give them a chance against most teams but not the all out talent of the Pens. 

For anyone else apart from Sidney Crosby, four points in three games would be beyond expectations. He's steadily become more of a goalscorer over his career and is almost always worth backing to score. Take Pittsburgh with a -1.5 handicap at 2.60.

Best Bet

Pittsburgh Penguins to overcome -1.5 handicap at 2.60

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