The NHL has a small set of games set up for Wednesday night. Two games will be up on the board throughout February 3. One of these games will be between the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers. These two teams have been solid to this point in the season and will look to earn a big win in this one. The puck will drop for this matchup at around 8:00 PM Eastern time on NBCSN.
The Bruins have been able to earn a record of 6-1-2 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in third place of the East Division. Boston is coming into this one off a win and have won five of their last six games. The Bruins will look to keep that going with another victory over the Flyers. I expect Boston to come out hot in this one as they try to set the pace.
Philadelphia has put up a record of 7-2-1 throughout the early stage of this season, which has them in the top spot of the East Division. The Flyers are right above the Washington Capitals and Boston and will look to keep their spot with a win in this one. Philadelphia has won four games in a row entering Wednesday nights game and will look to keep the win streak alive.
These two teams are battling it out for the top spot in the East Division, which makes all of these tilts even early in the season very important. The Bruins will try to keep their success going against Philadelphia with another win, while the Flyers will look to break through early. Both teams are coming into this game on a roll and will add another victory to their resume early in the season.
The Bruins and the Flyers met up four times throughout last season. Boston hosted the first game, but it was a goal by Joel Farabee in the shootout that gave Philadelphia a 3-2 win. The Flyers hosted the second game of the season series and won 6-5 in a shootout. Philadelphia hosted the third game, losing a tough 2-0 tilt. The final game was in the qualifiers, where the Flyers won 4-1 to win the season series.
These two teams have also met up twice this season. Boston hosted the first game on January 21. Jakub Voracek had three assists, while James van Riemsdyk scored twice. Nick Ritchie had a goal and an assist on the night, while David Krejci had two assists. Jake Debrusk scored the lone goal in the shootout to propel the Bruins to a 5-4 win on the night.
The second game of this season stayed in Boston on January 23. Kevin Hayes scored the lone goal for the Flyers, which was not enough. Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand both had two goals and an assist. Charlie Coyle and Craig Smith each had a goal and an assist on the night as well. Jaroslav Halak finished with 16 saves on 17 shots to help give the Bruins a 6-1 win.
Boston has been able to win both games in the season series early this season, but it was the Flyers who won last season’s series 3-1. Philadelphia will look to find some of that momentum in this one as they host the Bruins. Boston is coming off a nice come from behind win against the Capitals and will look to carry momentum into this matchup on Wednesday night.
The Bruins have been dangerous on both sides of special teams to open up this new season. Boston has been able to capitalize on 9 of their 30 power play opportunities, which is a 30 percent power play. The Bruins have given up 4 goals on 34 penalties against, which is an 88.2 percent kill rate. Boston will look to keep these numbers up in this one.
Philadelphia’s power play unit has had a solid start to the season, but their penalty kill has had some struggles. The Flyers have scored 8 goals on 31 power play chances, which is a 25.8 percent success rate. Philadelphia has also killed off 28 of their opponents 37 power play attempts, which is a 75.7 percent penalty kill. The Flyers will need to improve upon that if they want to stay on top of the division.
These two teams have been solid throughout the early portion of this season, which should lead to a good game on Wednesday night. Boston’s power play could have a great night on the Flyers penalty kill if Philadelphia cannot step up. The Flyers will look to break through on the Bruins strong penalty kill if they want to give themselves an edge.
Tuukka Rask will likely get the nod in the crease for Boston in this matchup. Rask has started in five games this season, putting up a record of 3-1-1. He has earned a .890 save percentage and a GAA of 2.49 throughout his games played. Rask finished with 19 saves on 23 shots in his last start against the Washington Capitals, which was not enough for the win.
I expect Carter Hart to get the start in the net for Philadelphia on Wednesday night. Hart has earned a record of 4-2-1 through his seven starts this season. He has posted a save percentage of .900 and a 3.34 GAA in those games played. Hart’s last start was against the New York Islanders, where he stopped 26 of 28 shots to help give his team the win.
These two goalies have not put up the best numbers in the early part of this season, but have been able to get some wins. Both goalies will look to step up in this one as they try to help lead their team to the win. If either goalie can take over quickly on Wednesday night, it could be enough to help propel his team to the win.
These two teams have had strong starts to the new season, but it has been the Bruins who have jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the season series against the Flyers. I expect Philadelphia to try and step up on the penalty kill to slow down the Bruins power play. If the Flyers can have Hart keep up his hot starts in his last two games, it could help Philadelphia knock off Boston at home.
BetOnline has the Bruins listed as a -121 against the money line in this one. This implies that Boston will win this game around 54.8 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with Philadelphia at home. The Flyers have been just as good to start out this season and I think that they can knock off the Bruins in this one.