The Philadelphia Flyers host the Boston Bruins in an East Division showdown on Saturday afternoon. The Bruins enter this one with confidence after toppling the Capitals on Thursday night. The Flyers' inconsistent season continues and they are looking to rebound from a road loss against the Islanders last time out. Boston leads the season series 6-1.
Bruins Top Capitals, Eye Third Straight Win
The Boston Bruins conclude a three-game road trip in this one. Boston opened the trek with a 4-2 win in Philly and followed with another 4-2 road triumph over the Capitals. The Bruins have now won three out of their last four games overall and have also come away with the victory in three consecutive road bouts.
Brad Marchand is one of the NHL's hottest players right now, accumulating a remarkable 11 points in his last five games. The 32-year old center now has 47 points on the year and has three points in the three meetings against the Flyers this season. Patrice Bergeron is also zoned in, amassing six points on the month. The veteran center is having another solid season, earning 43 points. David Pastrnak has a remarkable 10 points against Philly this season. The talented forward has tallied 32 points. Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy is out with an upper-body injury.
The Bruins are dealing with some issues in net. Tukka Rask is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury and now Jaroslav Halak is on the COVID protocol list. Jeremy Swayman got the start in Thursday’s win and is 2-0. Dan Vladnar has been sharp in his five games, registering a 2.25 GAA and a .922 save %. Boston is averaging 2.8 goals per game, placing them 16th in the league. They are limiting foes to 2.5 goals, landing them sixth in the NHL.
Flyers Playoff Hopes Diminishing
The Philadelphia Flyers are in need of some wins if they want to close in on the Bruins who hold the fourth and final playoff spot in the East division. The Flyers’ defense and goaltending have been a big issue this season which is why they now stand six points out of a playoff spot. Philadelphia lost 3-2 in a shootout against the Islanders on Thursday night.
Jakub Voracek is consistently producing, collecting at least one point in five out of his last six games, and is up to 32 points on the year. The 31-year old right-winger has been a huge threat against the Bruins this season, registering two goals along with seven assists in six clashes. Travis Konecny has five points in four performances this month. The 23-year old winger has found the back of the net twice against Boston this season. Claude Giroux is having another productive year and is up to 31 points.
The Flyers had Carter Hart between the pipes in Thursday's loss. The young netminder is having a disastrous season, filing a 3.78 GAA and an 8-10-5 record. Brian Elliot has also been unreliable, posting a 2.92 GAA and an .890 save %. The Flyers rank 15th overall with 3 goals per game. They are conceding an average of 3.6 goals which is last in the NHL.
The Boston Bruins are:
- 4-0 in their last 4 games in Philadelphia.
- 4-0 in their last 4 road games.
- 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on one day of rest.
The Philadelphia Flyers are:
- 1-6 in their last 7 games against the Bruins.
- 1-6 in their last 7 home games.
- 1-4 in their last 5 games overall.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Bruins have owned the Flyers this season, winning six of the seven meetings. Boston isn’t a high-scoring team, however against the Flyers they pile on the goals, accumulating 30 goals in the seven games this season. The Bruins are thriving right now, winning three out of their last four games overall.
Furthermore, the Flyers are having a terrible season and have lost seven out of their last ten clashes overall. The goaltending has been the worst in the league and offensively they have cooled down recently.
Full-Game Total Pick
The over has been the prevalent trend between these foes this season. Boston has scored four or more goals in five of the seven meetings against Philly and it’s no coincidence the over has cashed in five of the seven clashes. The over is a convincing 15-6 in the Flyers’ last 21 games overall.
In addition, I expect two or three goals from the Flyers. While they have not been productive recently, Boston is playing without goalies Rask and Halak right now. The over is also 6-2 in the Flyers’ last eight home games.
Full-Game Prop Bet
The Flyers are last in the NHL in goals allowed and they also have the worst penalty kill in the league. Boston has been very productive on the road where they have scored four or more goals in three consecutive games and as mentioned, they have done big damage in the offensive end against Philly this season.
Half-Time Prop Prediction
I am selecting David Pastrnak to score a goal. Pastrnak has dominated against the Flyers this season, netting six goals in the five meetings. The sniper is due for a goal after being held off the scoresheet in three straight clashes.