Puck Playoffs by Kevin Stott for Monday, May 18, 2008

May 18, 2008 8:17 PM

by Kevin Stott |

Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins (-260, 5, LVH) (NBC): With their backs up against the wall, the Flyers exploded for three goals in the first period then hung on for a 3-2 win in Game 4 on Thursday night at the Wachovia Center to stay alive against intrastate rival Pittsburgh. Now its back to The Igloo, where Pittsburgh has been unbeatable, winning 15 straight. Repeat, 15 straight! And the Flyers have been really struggling on the powerplay in this series.

With so much pressure on Philadelphia to win this game to just force another game, and the Penguins knowing they do no not want to go back to Philly, expect heavy action early with the first goal setting the tone for the game. The price on the Penguins is pretty steep (-260) here, but the situation favors them advancing. Like Big Brown in the Preakness on Saturday, the best way to approach this pick is to find something nice to parlay it with like the Red Sox (vs Brewers) or Indians (vs Reds). PENGUINS -260.