Buckle up because we’ve got an encore of Thursday night’s thriller. The Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers meet again. Boston deservedly won the first game and to say they “stole” the game would do disrespect to how they outplayed Philly for the most part. That’s why online betting odds are set on Boston to win again.
As far as NHL betting goes, this one has the recipe to keep being interesting. Both teams have a long history against each other and are talent-laden. But most importantly, the Flyers’ high-scoring style will produce fireworks with the Bruins’ aggressive offense.
I enjoy watching both teams play and can’t wait for this. But as a betting man, my money is squarely with Boston.
Flyers vs Bruins Betting Preview: Quick Look at Each Team
Flyers: Opportunistic Offense Not Enough
Philadelphia got outshot and outplayed for most of the game but was still a shootout away from hanging on to win. Scoring on 15.2 percent (third in the league) of their shoots is just not a feasible way to win games.
The high shot percentage is not by fluke. The Flyers have scored the most high-danger goals (14) in the league and have produced the second-most goals on scoring chances (17).
This opportunistic offense is a major reason why Philadelphia finished seventh in goal scoring last season (3.29) and entered the playoffs as the top seed. However, defense and 5-on-5 play is another thing.
The Flyers are last in the NHL in corsi for percent (42.3%) on 5-on-5 play and have given up the second-most scoring chances with 114. Their fortunate G Carter Hart has continued to bail them out with his 86.7 scoring chance save percent. For his and their sake, they’ll need to play better defense.
Bruins: Stay out of the Box
Boston may have won the first game, but it took Rask having to channel his Vezina form on top of a two-goal comeback in the third for it to happen. The Bruins shot themselves in the foot with penalties and conceded three (two, officially) goals with a man down.
The Bruins outplayed the Flyers in a game not unlike their first one against the Devils. They outshot them 43 to 26 and controlled the puck for 60 percent of the game, but the Flyers made them pay with the few chances they gave them.
Boston continues to fire plenty of pucks on net, but they at least got four goals this time. They brought up their shooting percent to 5.2% but are still last in the league.
If the Bruins are going to get better, they’ll need to stay out of the box. Their 20 minor penalties rank third in the league and their 78.6 penalty kill percent is tied for 19th. At least they’re starting to beat goalies now. They just need a definitive win.
Flyers vs Bruins Betting Preview: Bruins Clamp Down on Flyers
We’ll get another exciting back-and-forth here thanks to: A) how great both teams are; and B) how different their styles are. NHL odds may favor the Bruins slightly, but they should have a more definitive victory here.
Philadelphia is only 28th in the league in shots but fifth in goals while the Bruins are fifth in shots but only 24th in goals. The Flyers capitalize on their scoring chances while the Bruins have struggled a bit there.
But when it comes to sustainable styles, the Bruins can maintain their output more as opposed to the Flyers continuing to bank on their scoring opportunities. The Bruins were breaking through in the last meeting and Hart is a solid goalie, but it’s Boston’s time now.
I like the Bruins to win again, but this time in regulation time. I may even bet on the margin of goals to be higher than one using Bet US’s props. Read the sportsbook reviews and find out other ways to bet on NHL games.
Pick: Boston Bruins to win (-160)