Philadelphia Flyers (22-16-2-4 SU, 19-25 PL, 23-16-5 O/U) vs Boston Bruins (22-18-4-1 SU, 24-21 PL, 18-22-5 O/U)
When: 1:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 14, 2017
Where: TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts
Lines: Boston -175/Philadelphia +160
NHL action within the Eastern Conference this afternoon and the Philadelphia Flyers will rumble with the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Flyers enter off a 5-4 home win over Vancouver in SO, while the Bruins enter off a 2-1 loss at Nashville. The Under is 3-1-3 the last seven games in this series.
Offense Wakes up In Win Over Canucks
The Philadelphia Flyers have had their issues scoring of late, but they finally broke out in their 5-4 win over the Canucks on Thursday night. Prior to that game they had averaged just 1.64 gpg over an 11 game stretch. They have just been very bad at that end of the ice and on most nights they don’t have the offense to overcome that. Well, they did in this one. Scoring in the win was Travis Konecny, which was his 7th of the year, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, which was his 2nd of the year, Sean Couturier which was his 8th of the year and Brayden Schenn, who has now scored in three straight games and has 14 goals on the year. Scoring the deciding goal in the SO was Claude Giroux. This team needs more offense as the season goes on or they will fall short of making the postseason this year.
Grabbing the win over the Canucks was Michal Neuvirth, who replaced Steve Mason at the beginning of the 3rd period. Neuvirth stopped all 14 shots he faced and is now 6-2 on the year with a 3.18 GAA. He should get the start here and is 3-1 with a 2.75 GAA on the road so far, while vs the Bruins in his career he has gone 1-4 with a 3.70 GAA. The Flyers enter this game ranked 9th in the league in scoring at 2.82 gpg, while also ranking 5th in shots taken (31.8 spg) and 5th in power play conversions, converting on 22.7% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they have not been that good as they come in ranked 27th in goals allowed, giving up just 3.02 gpg, while also ranking 8th in shots allowed (28.8) and 18th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 18.5% of their chances.
Bruins Fall In Tough One At Nashville
The Boston Bruins continue to play very mediocre hockey as they have gone just 2-4 in their last six games. They are in 2nd place in the Atlantic Division this year, but with a .500. The Bruins are now 13-12 on the road, compared to just 9-10 at home. They are a very average team that is hoping to start a nice win streak with the Flyers in town, who have been struggling of late. Scoring in the loss to the Preds was Torey Krug, which was his 3rd of the year. This is a team that has really struggled on offense this year, especially when it comes to scoring. They have gotten off plenty of shots year, but not many goals. In the loss to the Preds they outshot Nashville 36-19, but all they could muster was the one goal. It has been like that for the Bruins for much of the year and if they don’t correct it, then they will continue to be a mediocre team.
Taking the loss to the Preds was Zane McIntyre, who came in after Tuukka Rask was hit in the neck with a puck. McIntyre is now 0-4 with a 3.76 GAA on the year. Rask is expected to get the start here and he is 21-12 with a 1.95 GAA on the year, including 8-5 with a 2.18 GAA here at home, while vs the Flyers in his career he has gone 10-5 with a 2.12 GAA. Boston enters this contest ranked 23rd in the league in scoring at 2.42 gpg, while also ranking 2nd in shots taken (33.9 spg) and 23rd in power play conversions, converting on 13.9% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they have been solid so far, ranking 6th in goals allowed, giving up 2.42 gpg, while also ranking 2nd in shots allowed (26.7) and 2nd in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 12.8% of their chances.
- 11-24 in their last 35 road games vs. a team with a losing home record
- 0-7 their last seven games on the road
- 5-2 in their last seven games playing on one days rest
- 5-1 their last six home games in the series
The Flyers are really struggling right now, but the Bruins are not playing great hockey either and they have gone just 2-5 in their last seven games at home. It is always risky taking the Bruins at home, but I feel that they can win this game. Rask has been strong in the crease so far this year and other than their last games, the Flyers have struggled to score of late. Rask is also 10-5 with a 2.12 GAA in his career vs the Flyers and Boston as a team has gone 17-6 the last 23 games in this series. Good spot to take the bruins, even though they are home.