The Philadelphia Flyers host the Boston Bruins on Sunday afternoon on NBC. The Bruins have one of the top records in the NHL and they are headed to the playoffs, while the Flyers still have work to do. The Bruins still could finish with the best record in the NHL, as they are just behind Tampa Bay in the Atlantic Division. The Flyers are trying to stay in front of New Jersey and Florida for one of the last two playoffs spots in the East.
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The Bruins are not in the best spot for this game on Sunday, as they hosted the Panthers on Saturday. Boston has been a good road team this season, as they were 22-15 in their first 37 road games, with 15 games going over, 21 going under the total, with one push. They are scoring 3.3 goals per game and giving up 2.5 per contest.
Boston has been getting some of their injured players back into the lineup. Both Patrice Bergeron and Torey Krug returned to the lineup last week. Boston is hoping to get David Backes, Jake DeBrusk, Rick Nash, Zdeno Chara, and Charlie McAvoy back shortly. "Backes is ready to go, you just have to have a certain timeframe because of that cut," head coach Bruce Cassidy said earlier this week, "I believe Zee, Charlie, and DeBrusk will join us. I can only speculate. Thursday’s a maybe. But probably by the weekend, we hope." Nash probably will be out of the lineup until next week at the earliest.
The Flyers still have work to do to wrap up a playoff spot, as the Devils and Panthers are right behind Philadelphia. The Flyers have no excuse not to make the playoffs, as they finish by playing three games against teams out of the playoffs, as they are at the Islanders and then host Carolina and the Rangers. Philadelphia is just 19-19 at home this season, with 20 games going over the total, 17 going under, with one push. They are scoring about 3 goals per game and giving up 2.9 per contest.
Philadelphia still has a problem in goal, as none of their three goaltenders has really taken the job and run with it. The Flyers are expected to get Michal Neuvirth back from injury, so they will probably have to send either Alex Lyon or Petr Mrazek down to the minors. The Flyers also have Brian Elliott who is expected to return from injury next week, as Philadelphia plans for Elliott to be their top goalie in the playoffs, assuming they make the playoffs.
The Bruins have been good on special teams this season, as they are 6th in the league on the power play and they are 6th in penalty killing. The Flyers have struggled on special teams, as they are just 17th on the power play and they are a poor 28th in the league on the penalty kill.
The Bruins have won the last four meetings in this series, with three of the four going under the total. The Bruins have also won five of the last seven in Philadelphia, with three of the last five going under the total.
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The situation would seem to favor the Flyers, but I don’t trust Philadelphia to win a meaningful game, even at home. The Bruins have been a good road team this season, and they are simply a better team than the Flyers. I will take Boston to get the road win on Sunday afternoon.
NHL Odds: Bruins 4, Flyers 2
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