- Date & Location: Wednesday, October 20 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.
- Odds: Boston Bruins (-128) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (+116) via BetOnline.
- Prediction: Bruins to defeat the Flyers
The Philadelphia Flyers got their first win of the year on Monday night when they crushed the Seattle Kraken by a score of 6-1. The win followed a 5-4 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Eleven Flyers registered at least one point in the rout.
The Boston Bruins have only played one game so far and they defeated the Dallas Stars 3-1 in that game, which took place on Saturday.
The Bruins and the Flyers face off on Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
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The Case for Philadelphia Flyers
The Flyers had a spirited game against the Kraken on Monday. Not only did the team score six goals, but they played what is best described as Flyers’ style hockey, which is to say, chippy. That should give them a positive attitude at the start of Wednesday’s contest.
One of the positives from the Flyers OT loss against the Canucks was that they came back from a 4-2 deficit to tie the game in the final three minutes of the game.
Carter Hart put up good goalie numbers against Seattle, but the Kraken did not take many quality shots, but any boost in confidence will help the struggling Hart.
Philadelphia Flyers to Defeat Boston Bruins +110 via BetUS.
The Case for Boston Bruins
Brad Marchand led the Bruins in their win over Dallas, scoring two goals in the team’s debut game of the 2021-22 NHL campaign.
Boston opened the game against Dallas with 17-5 edge in shots in the first period, but their output slowed in the next two periods and they gave up more shots than they took in the third stanza. The team will need to be more consistent with its offensive pressure if possible, especially against a goaltender like Carter Hart, who has been shaky at best.
Jeremy Swayman put up a respectable .923 save percentage in the Bruins win over Dallas. Swayman had a 1-1-0 record against the Flyers last year. He posted a .923 save percentage and a 2.53 goals against average.
Boston Bruins to defeat Philadelphia Flyers -135 via Sportsbetting.
Our Final Pick
The Bruins will be rested, having not played since Saturday, but the Flyers will have momentum and emotion on their side after Monday’s big win over Seattle. The Bruins will rely on their shutdown line early in the game to slow the Flyers as much as possible. If they can succeed, that will take the crowd out of the game early and perhaps dampen the spirit of the Philadelphia offense.
The Bruins have had the Flyers number over their past 10 meetings. They hold a 7-2-1 record against the Philadelphia squad. One of Philadelphia’s two wins came in the most recent meeting between these two clubs, with the Flyers scoring a 3-2 win in April 2021.
Hart will be the focus for the Flyers and with the Flyers having a high giveaway percentage in their defensive zone (83.33 %), expect the Philly goalie to be tested by the likes of Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak, and Taylor Hall.
I think the Bruins are the better all-around team and I see Boston continuing their winning ways against the Flyers.
Bruins to beat the Flyers -128 via Betonline.
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