After the Boston Bruins were brought back down to earth by the Tampa Bay Lightning last Saturday to put an end to their four-game winning streak, they head to Philadelphia to face the high-flying Flyers. The Bruins’ record is good enough to see them hold onto the top spot in the Atlantic Division. They are 43-14-12, and despite the loss last time out, they win nine out of the previous 12 games.
The Philadelphia Flyers host Boston at the Wells Fargo Center, hoping to close the point gap at the top of the Metropolitan Division. The Washington Capitals occupy the number spot having played a game more, and a win today can lift the Philly to the top. They are primed to cause Boston problems tonight after winning all nine of their last games.
Boston Bruins vs Philadelphia Flyers Predictions
The Boston Bruins have been favorites to win the Eastern Conference for a while now. They will come up against the stiff competition in the Philadelphia Flyers, who look to build on their winning streak. Here are some key pointers for the interconference matchup:
The Boston Bruins don’t have a problem scoring, with the team averaging 3.3 goals per game. The team is lead by David Pastrnak with 48 goals. They are scoring on 25.1 percent of their power plays and will have to improve to beat the Flyers.
When it comes to their defensive numbers, the Bruins kill a whopping 84 percent of their opponent’s power play opportunities. The wall at the back only allows 2.4 goals per game with star goalie Tuukka Rask only given up 85 goals on 1,153 shots faced.
The Flyers will look to home-ice advantage to drive them over the Boston hurdle. They are also scoring freely, averaging 3.3 goals per game, while only scoring on 21.4 percent of their power plays.
Will they be able to shut down Boston’s offense? In goal is Brian Elliott who faced 796 shots and only allowed 80 goals this season. He’ll have to be on guard along with the entire team, having allowed 2.8 goals per game in the league.
NHL Moneyline Betting
The Boston Bruins look like a safe bet owing to a superior defensive lineup. They have only allowed two or fewer goals in the previous 13 of their 19 NHL games this season. Earlier this year, the game went to a shootout after overtime couldn’t separate the two teams, and Philly came out trumps. We think it’ll be more of the same this time around. With the home fans on their side, they’ll stretch their winning streak to ten after tonight’s game.
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