NHL Odds Bruins vs. Flyers Picks
By Rock Westfall
With both of their top goaltenders out of the lineup for the past month the Philadelphia Flyers are hanging by a thread for one of the two final wild card playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. The Boston Bruins have been battling through their own injury issues to stay just two points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning in the race for the Atlantic Division and top seed in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers host the Bruins on NBC Sunday afternoon.
Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Date and Time: Sunday, April 1. 2018, 12:30 p.m. ET
Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Bruins vs. Flyers TV Coverage: NBC
The Bruins have won six out of their last ten games with seven out of those ten games going under the total. Boston has been something of a surprise in that they are contending for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. The leadership duo of head coach Bruce Cassidy and general manager Don Sweeney has proven to be the breath of fresh air that the Bruins needed. Cassidy has done much to improve the Bruins offensive attack that was being suffocated at the end of Claude Julien’s reign as coach.
The Flyers have lost six of their last ten games with seven of their last ten going over the total. Without their top two goaltenders Philadelphia has had little margin for error. They are trying to hold off the Florida Panthers for the final playoff spot in the East. Florida is four points back but with two games in hand.
The Philadelphia goaltending tandem of Michael Neuvirth and Brian Elliott continues to be on the mend. Neuvirth is now on day to day status with a lower body injury while Elliott is out until early April with an abdominal issue.
For the Bruins left wing Rich Nash is day to day with upper body problems. Veteran defenseman Zdeno Chara is out indefinitely with an upper body problem. Right wing David Backes is day to day with leg problems. Players to Watch
Boston left winger Brad Marchand leads the team in scoring with 33 goals and 47 assists. Marchand also has an impressive plus-34. Fellow left wing David Pastrnak is right behind with 30 goals and 43 assists. Defenseman Torey Krug is a solid setup man with 13 goals and 40 assists.
For the Flyers left wing Claud Giroux leads with 26 goals and 65 assists with a plus-18. Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere is a fine quarterback in his own right with 13 goals and 44 assists.
Boston’s number one netminder Tuukka Rask has a .918 save percentage with a 2.32 goals against average. Backup Anton Khudobin has a .917 save percentage and a 2.48 goals against average.
Backup goaltenders Alex Lyon and Petr Mrazek have under par for the Flyers. Mrazek was acquired at the trade deadline from Detroit but has not lived up to billing with a terrible .886 save percentage and 3.26 goals against average. Alex Lyon has a .905 save percentage and a 2.75 goals against average. The poor play of the backup tandem only shows how much the injuries to Neuvirth and Elliott have damaged the Flyers.
The Bruins strong special teams are a major contributor for their success. Boston ranks sixth in the NHL for both power play efficiency and penalty killing.
Conversely penalty killing has been a major problem for the Flyers with a NHL ranking of 28th. The power play has been pedestrian with a ranking of 17th.
Boston is 47-17-8-2 with a profitable road record of 22-10-3-2. The Bruins have gone over the total in just 15 out of 37 away games. The Bruins play a complete game as evidence by their NHL rankings of sixth for goals scored and third for goals against.
Philadelphia is 43-27-4-2 with a home record of 19-13-3-3. The Flyers have gone under the total in 17 of 38 home games this season. The Flyers rank 14th in the NHL for goal scoring and 15th for goals against.
Boston has won four in a row against the Flyers with the last three games going under the total.
Bruins vs. Flyers Free Picks
The Bruins are in better form with deeper secondary scoring and more stability at goaltender.
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Bruins vs. Flyers Score Prediction: Bruins 3, Flyers 1