The Bruins are atop the Eastern Division and have won six of their last seven games. Boston’s most recent victory was on Feb. 3 vs this same Philadelphia team, when the B’s won 4-3 in overtime. The Flyers had won four consecutive contests until the Bruins showed up in town to rain on their parade. The current NHL odds at the publication of our Bruins vs Flyers betting preview show the Bruins as slight road favorites vs the Flyers on Friday. Let’s dive right into the particulars so we can see what our best bets are. This is what online sports betting is all about! Lace up and get in the game!
Boston Bruins (7-1-2) at Philadelphia Flyers (7-2-2)
Friday, Feb 5 at 7:00 pm EST on NESN, NSPA
Wells Fargo Center- Philadelphia, PA
NHL Betting Vitals
Puck Line: Bruins -1 ½ (+175) , Flyers +1 ½ (-210)
Money Line: Bruins -135, Flyers +115
Goal Totals: 5 ½
The Bruins began the season with a wild shootout victory over the Devils and followed with two losses. Boston’s failures against New Jersey and New York ran much deeper than a mini-losing streak, at this point. The Bruins only scored one goal in those two losses and were mired in a 150+ minute full-strength scoring drought.
Looking at what Boston is doing on the ice now, this stat seems ridiculous and is a distant memory. The Bruins have come a long way since their subpar 1-1-1 start, and they’re mauling most who cross their path. Ironically, a 5-4 shootout victory over Philadelphia on Jan 21 is what set Boston on its current course of rampage.
The Bruins awoke from hibernation in the third period of that game, scoring four goals in the final frame. Boston peppered Philly G Carter Hart with 43 shots during this battle, and eventually got the better of him. Since this Bruins’ victory, Boston has only lost one game, a 4-3 OTL to the Washington Capitals.
The Bruins are 3-0 against the Flyers, with Boston outscoring Philadelphia 15-8 in the process. Two contests were settled beyond regulation, but the one in between was a 6-1 Bruins blowout. Boston clamped down hard on defense, only allowing Philadelphia 17 shots on goal, while scorching Hart for six goals.
In the most recent battle between the Bruins and Flyers, Boston G Tuuka Rask outperformed Carter Hart once again. Rask stopped 22 of the 25 shots he faced and has two victories against Philadelphia this year. Hart is winless in 2021 vs Boston.
The Bruins are playing special teams at a much higher level than the Flyers right now. Boston is scoring on the power play 35.3% of the time, while Philadelphia only succeeds on 24.2% of its chances. The Bruins are killing an impressive 88.9% of their opponents PPs, and the Flyers only manage a 70.7% kill rate.
Boston is superior defensively, and clearly has Hart’s number. For the season, Hart has an inflated 3.42 GAA, and we can expect him to be exploited on Friday night. The Bruins will definitely want to put the Flyers away in regulation, and should come out guns ablazing. The Bruins’ puck line and money line are sound bets here, as well as the over for total goals.
NHL Free Pick ATS: Boston Bruins -1 ½ (+175)
Over 5½ Total Goals Scored
NHL Free Pick: Boston Bruins’ Moneyline (-135)
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