It’s hard to believe that the Philadelphia Flyers were a playoff team last season that managed to finish third in the Metropolitan Division. This year began bad and has only gotten worse to the point that that the Flyers are now at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. When the Flyers fell to a record of 12-15-4 they decided to fire head coach Dave Hakstol, which was just a few days after they fired general manager Ron Hextall. Since Hakstol was shown the door Philadelphia has gone 4-8-2 and is in a devastating nose dive of nine losses in their last ten games. In comparison the Boston Bruins are one of the hottest teams on the board. Beyond that the Bruins have a stability in goal that the Flyers could only envy.
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Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Date and Time: Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Bruins vs. Flyers TV Coverage: NBCSN
Boston is going to get the vast majority of betting action in this matchup as they are already a very public team with a large following that is making big money recently. The Flyers are an impossible sell to the average gambler. Nobody is looking to bet money on Philadelphia unless the live betting odds are vastly sweetened to the point of being a pure value play.
Philadelphia has lost nine of their last ten games to now stand at 16-23-6 which puts them in the Eastern Conference basement. Philadelphia has gone over the total in 23 of their 45 games but under in four of their last five. The Flyers have a road record of 8-13-3 with 13 of their 24 away games going over the total.
Boston has won six of their last seven games to now stand at 26-15-4 with just 16 of their 45 games going over the total. The Bruins have gone over the total in just one of their last seven games. Boston is in third place in the Atlantic Division just two points behind the second place Toronto Maple Leafs. Boston has a road record of 10-9-4 with just six of their away games clearing the total.
Boston ranks a mediocre 17th for goal scoring but a much more impressive third for the power play. The back end is truly “Boston Strong” with rankings of second for goals against and 11th for the penalty kill.
Boston is the model for outstanding goaltending and depth. The dynamic duo of Jaroslav Halak and Tuukka Rask is the cornerstone for their success. Halak has a record of 13-7-2 with a save percentage of .924 and a 2.39 goals against average with three shutouts. Rask has a record of 13-8-2 with a .921 save percentage and a 2.41 goals against average with one shutout.
Philadelphia has been plagued by injuries to their top two goaltenders Brian Elliott and Michael Neuvirth. Rookie callup Carter Hart has given Flyer fans hope for the future. Hart has a .916 save percentage with a 2.54 goals against average.
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Among the few bright spots for the Flyers in this game is left winger Claude Giroux, who has 14 goals, 34 assists with a plus four.
Boston left winger David Pastrnak paces the Bruins with 26 goals, 27 assists and a plus one.
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The Flyers cannot rate a recommendation here based on the combination of their implosion and slump combined with Boston’s great momentum and superior goaltending. Philadelphia is in the midst of a lost season with nothing to play for. By contrast Boston is gunning for home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
NHL Live Betting Odds Picks: Boston Bruins
NHL Score Prediction:Bruins 3, Flyers 1
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