The Philadelphia Flyers (18-14-5) will look to double up on the Boston Bruins (19-10-6) when the East Division rivals meet for the second consecutive game on Tuesday night. Philly is sitting in fifth place in the East standings, three points behind Boston for the fourth and final playoff berth in the division.
The Flyers have gone 4-4-2 over their last 10 while Boston is 5-3-2 over the same span. Philadelphia will look to get the confidence-boosting win at home after beating the Bruins in Boston on Monday night. The NHL Betting Odds for this clash are live right now.
Boston Bruins at Philadelphia Flyers
When: Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at 7:05 p.m. ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
TV: Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at 7:05 p.m. ET
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic, 98.5 Sports Hub
Bruins Look to Find Missing Consistency
The Bruins are looking for some missing consistency after alternating wins and losses over their last eight games. Boston put up a fight but ended up losing to Philadelphia 3-2 at home in overtime on Monday night.
Karson Kuhlman lit the lamp for the Bruins in the first period and Patrice Bergeron had a second-period goal for Boston to move into fourth place on the franchise’s all-time scoring list with 899 points. Dan Vladar made 29 saves, but Boston came up just short in the end.
“Unfortunately, it just wasn’t enough today,” Vladar said. “We got the point, but me personally, I’m pretty sure the whole locker room wanted the two. So a little disappointed, but we play these guys tomorrow, so I think that we are going to come back.”
The loss dropped the Bruins to 9-5-3 on the road this season. Boston averages a modest 2.7 goals per game to rank 17th in scoring despite averaging 32.3 shots per game (5th). Defensively, the Bruins rank sixth in goals allowed (2.5 GPG) while limiting the opposition to just 27.2 shots per game (2nd).
Flyers Now Fully Desperate
Philadelphia has played well below expectations after reaching last season’s Eastern Conference semis. Now, in fifth place in the East Division standings, Philly is fully desperate to get back in the playoff mix.
The Flyers managed to get past Boston 3-2 on Monday night to snap a five-game losing streak against the Bruins. Travis Konecny and Sean Couturier each scored for Philadelphia, and Travis Sanheim scored 3:08 into overtime to lift Philadelphia to the huge win. Backup netminder Brian Elliott made 27 saves to help the Flyers snap a two-game skid.
“Tonight was just a big game for us,” Konecny said. “We know where we are and where they are in the standings. We know what’s at stake going forward.”
Philadelphia averages 3.0 goals per game (13th) on 29.5 shot attempts per contest (21st). Defensively, the Flyers have been awful in allowing 3.5 goals per game (30th) on 28.9 shots per game (11th). Philly has gone 10-7-2 at home this season.
Flyers Complete the Sweep
Boston is the far superior team defensively this season, but Philadelphia has the more potent offense in this matchup of East Division rivals. The Bruins have gone an uninspiring 2-5 in their last 7 games as a road favorite and 1-6 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest.
On the flip side of the coin, the Flyers are 6-2 in their last 8 in the second game of a home-and-home situation and 5-2 in their last 7 Tuesday games.
Boston is 5-1 in the last six meetings, but I like Philadelphia to find a way to get it done for the second straight night, mostly out of sheer desperation. With 41 points, the Flyers are well within striking distance of Boston (44 points).
I like Philadelphia to get it done with nearly identical performance to the one we saw from the Flyers on Monday night.
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