Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers NHL Pick – October 20

A couple of teams off to solid starts will do battle on the ice Wednesday night as the Boston Bruins head to Philadelphia to take on the high-octane Flyers.

Philly will be looking for a second straight victory on home ice, a venue where they haven’t fared that well in recent seasons. The Flyers trounced Seattle in their last showing, finally highlighting the deep forward talent this group possesses. This Philadelphia offense is deep and comes at opposing teams in waves. It also helps if former Sharks goalie and new Flyer Martin Jones regains his form. The young netminder has been decent in the pre-season, but the jury still remains out on the rangy goalie.

For the Bruins, this season might just represent one of the last hurrahs for this supremely successful veteran group. Both Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand are getting up there in age, and after seeing David Krejci, Zdeno Chara, and Tuukka Rask depart in the last few months – this team remains one in transition. They’re still loaded with talent however, and an early season victory over Dallas in their opener proved they have the ability to shut down the league’s best.

It’s a light night on the ice, but this matchup features two of the most exciting groups in the Eastern Conference. Boston holds a 7-2-1 record over Philadelphia across their last ten meetings, but Philly’s early season success shows that this time around could be different. It’s also worth noting that rookie netminder Jeremy Swayman will be between the pipes for the Bruins following a stellar showing vs. Dallas.

For added insight, team news, betting data and trends – continue reading on beneath the posted odds for our take on Bruins vs. Flyers on Wednesday evening. Enjoy the NHL action, folks!

Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers Live Odds & Betting History

*These odds are provided by BetOnline.ag

Spread:

  • Boston Bruins -1.5 (+180)
  • Philadelphia Flyers +1.5 (-220)
Moneyline:

  • Boston Bruins (-135)
  • Philadelphia Flyers (+115)
Total Points:

  • Over 5.5 (-120)
  • Under 5.5 (+100)
TEAM DATA BRUINS FLYERS
Overall Record 1-0-0 1-0-1
ATS Record 1-0-0 1-1-0
Home/Away Record 0-0-0 1-0-0
Goals Per Game 3.0 5.0
Goals Against Per Game 1.0 3.0
Expected Goals For % 52.9% 51.9%
Corsi For % 64.2% 53.2%

Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers Prediction

The Bruins dominated a very solid defensive group in Dallas in their season opener, routinely wearing them down and making them play for long stretches within their own zone. Boston’s forward depth remains elite, and against a team like Philadelphia that has a knack of defensive lapses, that could be a bad omen.

Though Boston takes to the road on Wednesday night, don’t expect this veteran-laden crew to be fazed by a hostile visiting arena in Philadelphia. The trio of Pastrnak, Bergeron, and Marchand should easily win their matchup vs. any opposing Flyer, and should be able to control the flow and tempo of the game. That unit, dubbed the ‘Perfection Line’ will likely go head-to-head vs. Philly centre Sean Couturier, in a battle definitely worth watching.  Good depth pieces like Nick Foligno, Erik Haula, and Jake DeBrusk will be counted upon for added scoring from the Bruins.

The Flyers showed well vs. Seattle, but questions still remain – mostly about their defensive play and goaltending. We all know Philly has offensive talent, but the Bruins’ tight structure and top d-man Charlie McAvoy will likely take those quality chances away. Instead, added pressure will be placed on Philadelphia’s depth defenseman and inconsistent goaltending. We’ve seen Philly falter in both areas before, and a skilled and crafty group like Boston could really exploit those weaknesses with their added depth.

Don’t be fooled by Philly’s recent blowout against the expansion Kraken. Boston’s tight win vs. Dallas showed this group can still control all shot metrics, and suffocate an opposing attack. Look for the B’s to push the pace, and force the Flyers to defend in their own zone for long stretches on Wednesday.

 

Bruins vs. Flyers Trends To Know:

  • Bruins are 4-1 in their last 5 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game.
  • Bruins are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Metropolitan.
  • Bruins are 11-5 in their last 16 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
  • Flyers are 3-9 in their last 12 games as a home underdog.
  • Flyers are 4-13 in their last 17 vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
  • Under is 12-4 in Bruins last 16 Wednesday games.
  • Under is 8-1-1 in Flyers last 10 vs. Atlantic.
  • Bruins are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings vs. the Flyers.

 

 

Boston has controlled the recent history of this matchup, and though Philly might look to mix in some physicality to get the skilled Boston stars’ of their games – it won’t work.  This is a deep lineup that will get pucks behind Philadelphia’s defense, and effectively grind and work the cycle for all three periods.  Martin Jones remains a huge liability in goal, and the Flyers’ leaky blueline should be welcome news for a skilled Boston side.

My Pick
Bruins
Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.

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