Could the injury-ravaged Philadelphia Flyers make a playoff push? Still unlikely, but the Flyers are playing really good hockey right now as they visit Boston on Thursday night. The Boston Bruins have been very good at home this season, though, and are big NHL betting odds favorites.
How to Bet Flyers vs Bruins NHL Odds & Game Info
- When: Thursday, 7 PM ET
- Where: TD Garden
- TV: NHL Center Ice
- Live Stream: NHL.tv
- Radio: TuneIn
- NHL Odds: Boston Bruins -210 / Philadelphia Flyers +175 (Total 6)
They have split two meetings. On Oct. 25 in Boston, the Bruins won 3-0. Zdeno Chara scored twice, and Jaroslav Halak stopped 26 shots. Chara gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead 13 minutes into the second period and added an empty-netter with 23 seconds left. Fittingly, Halak got the only assist on Chara’s second goal. Brian Elliott kept Philadelphia close with 22 saves. Philadelphia’s frustration boiled over in the third period when the Flyers hurt their own chances to rally with six penalties.
On Jan. 16 in Philly, the Flyers won 4-3. Sean Couturier had his first regular-season hat trick and rookie Carter Hart stopped 39 shots. Couturier scored twice within 90 seconds in the second period and sealed the win with his 19th goal late in the third. Couturier’s only two previous hat tricks had come in the postseason. Halak had 15 saves.
Why Bet on Philadelphia?
The Flyers are easily playing their best hockey of the season on a five-game winning streak. They were 1-0 winners at the Rangers on Tuesday in the second of a back-to-back. The Flyers have outscored opponents 20-10 during their winning streak. Philadelphia was coming off a 3-1 win at home over Winnipeg on Monday night in its first game back after an extended break for its bye and the All-Star Game.
Anthony Stolarz stopped all 38 shots he faced in Tuesday’s win. It was the 25-year-old goaltender’s first shutout since Dec. 11, 2016, in what was his first game-action since Dec. 15, 2018. His record improved to 3-3-2 with a 3.44 goals-against-average and a .896 save percentage. However, Carter Hart remains the No. 1 guy and should start here.
Hart is coming off a 3-1 win over Winnipeg on Monday. He Hart has really impressed his organization since the start of the season and has won four straight. The 20-year-old has a 7-5-1 record with a 2.53 goals-against-average and a .922 save percentage in the NHL this season.
The way he goes about business hasn’t changed, whether he’s in Lehigh or since he’s been here,” interim head coach Scott Gordon said. “I don’t think anybody could know how this would play out, but (he’s) handled the pressure of playing in the NHL, coming in at a time where there’s a new GM, a new coach, and all the fanfare that goes with being drafted and being the next goalie. It’s how he handles things mentally, and for a goaltender that’s huge. To be in the situation we’ve put him in and to be successful … he gives the team a chance to win every night.”
Oskar Lindblom scored the only goal in Tuesday’s win. That’s six goals and 16 points in 49 games this season. Jakub Voracek recorded an assist. Voracek has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last six games. That gives him 11 goals and 40 points in 50 games in 2018-19. He’s reached the 40-point milestone in every season except for his rookie campaign in 2008-2009.
Why Bet on Boston?
The Bruins lost their second straight Tuesday, 4-3 in a shootout to Winnipeg. Kyle Connor scored back-to-back goals 34 seconds apart in the third period and delivered the only goal in a shootout. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 36 shots, shutting out the Bruins in the five-minute overtime and all three rounds of the tiebreaker.
David Pastrnak scored a goal and assisted on two others in the loss. Pastrnak started off his night with the secondary assist on Patrice Bergeron’s opening goal before he ended the first period with a power play marker of his own. The 22-year-old winger now has 29 points in his last 23 games, bringing him to 28 goals and 59 points in 50 games this season.
Patrice Bergeron scored a pair of goals. Bergeron opened the scoring at the 9:49 mark of the first period and he got the game-tying goal at the 11:39 mark of the third period. He has scored 16 times this season in 34 games to go along with 27 assists. Brad Marchand collected three assists. He picked up right where he left off prior to the All-Star break by extending his point streak to five straight games. He has three goals and six helpers during that span and has amassed 56 points in 49 matches this year.
Jaroslav Halak allowed three goals on 28 shots. Halak is now 13-9-3 with a 2.49 goals-against-average and a .918 save percentage. Halak started in place of Tuukka Rask, still out with a concussion from a collision with Rangers forward Filip Chytil on Jan. 19. The Bruins placed Rask on injured reserve Monday, retroactive to the day of the injury. Halak has a .892 since Dec. 1. It’s the sixth-worst figure among 47 NHL goaltenders with at least 10 appearances since then.
After starting the new year on a four-game winning streak, the B’s now are 2-3-2 in their last seven contests. The Bruins now are 0-2 and have yet to register a goal in shootouts this season.
Flyers vs Bruins NHL Betting Trends
- Home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings
- Under is 7-3-1 in the last 11 meetings in Boston
- Philadelphia is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
- Philadelphia is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Philadelphia’s last 11 games on the road
- Boston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
- Boston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston’s last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
Expert NHL Betting Prediction for Flyers vs Bruins
Home team trend continues – Boston and under.