NHL Hockey Betting: Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins

NHL Hockey Betting:  Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins

Early start time game at the TD Garden as Eastern Conference rivals Boston and Philadelphia go at it. The Flyers actually have the better record of the two teams but unfortunately for them they’re mired in fifth place in the toughest division of hockey. Their 50 points has them 7 points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers who are tied for third place, 11 points back of the Washington Capitals in second place and 12 back of the division leading Columbus Blue Jackets. They’ve also got a tenuous grasp on the second Eastern Conference wildcard spot but the key word here is ‘tenuous’. They’ve also got five teams behind them within five points that also want a postseason berth.

The Bruins are the beneficiaries of playing in the weaker Atlantic Division where their 49 points has them in second place one up on third place Ottawa and 9 back of division leading Montreal. Boston is 4-4-2 in their last 10 games and are having to concern themselves with a couple of hotter teams that are coming up from behind–Ottawa (6-3-1 L10) is now one point back and Toronto (7-2-1 L10) is three back. The Flyers have their own issues in this regard–they’re just 3-5-2 in their last ten games and have the Carolina Hurricanes (6-4-0 L10) just three points back.

Neither goalie has been confirmed from this game but the early indication is that it’ll be Michal Neuvirth for Philadelphia and Tuukka Rask for Boston. Neuvirth–the near hero of last season’s playoff series against Washington–is 6-2-0 with a 3.18 goals against average and a 3.18 save percentage. Rask is having a Vezina Trophy worthy season with a 21-9-3 record, a 1.95 goals against average and a 0.926 save percentage with five shutouts.

Head to head series has been very even with Boston winning 4 of the last 7 games including 2 of 3 at the TD Garden. Philadelphia took a 3-2 win on 11/29/16 for the only matchup so far this season and the Flyers have won 3 of the last 4 meetings. The Bruins haven’t played well at home this season while the Flyers have underachieved on the road. Big goaltending edge for Boston here. Game is currently ‘off the board’ but when it goes up we’ll back the Bruins.