The Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers meet for an old fashioned rivalry game at Wells Fargo Center. Tensions are usually high when these two storied franchises tangle, and we should have another entertaining affair on our hands in Philadelphia this evening. The Bruins lead the Atlantic, but the Tampa Bay Lightning have played catch up in the last few weeks.
With the Devils helping the Bruins out last night with a win over the Bolts, the Bruins maintain a seven-game lead over Tampa in the division. I think the Bruins are going to have to work for this down the stretch, though. Despite the loss for the Lightning, they were on a ten-game winning streak and playing a lot better hockey. Conversely, the Bruins have slowed down since starting the season on fire.
Having said that about the Bruins, they’re currently on a three-game winning streak after erasing three losses in a row. They were losers in 11 out of 15 games before getting back on track most recently. That’s the opening that the Lightning needed to get back into the divisional race. Other than the Lightning and Bruins, don’t expect anyone else to threaten for the Atlantic.
Considering the defence that the Maple Leafs have been putting on the ice, they don’t appear to be scaring anyone off. That kind of approach isn’t going to work against the Bruins in the playoffs again, by the way. It may be the same old story if the Leafs don’t figure it out on the blueline in the next few months.
The Bruins are coming off a tight 3-2 win over the Islanders in overtime. They also edged out the Predators, 5-4, on Thursday night. Boston are fully capable of winning games with their defence or offence. With the injuries piling up on the blueline for the Bruins, they’ve had to turn to their offence to carry the weight more than they’d like to.
Matt Grzelcyk left the Islanders game with a leg injury, though was fortunately able to dodge a major bullet. X-rays were negative and Grzelcyk avoided an injury that looked like it may have been serious at the time. That said, he may not be available to play against the Flyers this evening. That’d hurt a defence who are already down Connor Clifton and Kevan Miller.
Philadelphia fell victim to Andrei Vasilevskiy and the Lightning on Saturday night by a score of 1-0. Vasilevskiy was locked in, despite a solid defensive effort by the Flyers. Those have been tough to come by for the Flyers in 2019-20. We’ll see how they handle a Bruins team looking for their fourth straight win in this one. Head below for our free Bruins vs. Flyers pick.
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Neutralizing a dangerous Lighting offence on Saturday night was an impressive feat, but they didn’t even have a point to show for their effort. It hasn’t usually been that easy for the Flyers on the blueline, especially at home for whatever reason. They haven’t been a terrible defence this season, so let’s not get it crooked at they’re as what we saw on display in Florida last night or something. However, I will say that the Flyers have looked terrible defensively at the Wells Fargo Center. Despite allowing an average of 2.93 goals per game overall on the season, which is fairly decent, they’ve surrendered 3.83 goals per game at home. The only thing to explain for the defensive lapses are that the Flyers are pressing on offense and not getting back to defend effectively.
The Flyers have notched 3.02 goals per game on the season, and at home that number skyrockets to 3.57 goals per game. So, for the issues they’ve had back checking, the offence has been filling the opposing net with pucks, at least. The Flyers have done pretty well in that regard against the Bruins in recent meetings. They’ve scored at least 3 goals in their last three meetings for an average of 3.3 goals scored per contest. For a team that typically comes to play against the Bruins, expect them to be able to take advantage of a banged up Bruins’ defence. If Grzelcyk is unable to get the green light in this one, the Bruins will be a greater disadvantage Monday night.
Boston head into Philadelphia with the 8th best offensive unit in the NHL. They’ve scored at a rate of 3.35 goals per game, and that does go up slightly on the road to 3.4 goals a game as a visiting team. In their last ten games, the Bruins have matched that with 3.4 goals per game. It’s been really consistent season for the Bruins’ offence in 2019-20, and that’s been the case recently as well. After such a tremendous effort put on by the Flyers defence versus the Lightning, it wouldn’t be an outlandish prediction that they will regress against a solid Bruins team on Monday. I have this pegged as a 4-2 game in Philadelphia, so getting the OVER at 5.5 instead of 6 looks like a solid enough deal to warrant a play to get the final week before the All-Star break started.