The Philadelphia Flyers play host to the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night after a nice outing against the Wild on Monday. There haven’t been many nights that the Flyers have had reason to celebrate. The offence finally came out of a coma to ring up 7 goals on the Wild. It was an uncharacteristically bad showing from the Wild, especially defensively that saw multiple breakdowns from their blue line. Dubnyk obviously didn’t come to play either and the Flyers were able to take advantage. It was only their second win in 12 games. They’re still a 17-23-6 hockey team that will likely get a ticket to the Jack Hughes’ lottery.
They are a point ahead of the Senators for last in the Eastern Conference. There are ten teams within six points of one another for last in the entire league, so there are plenty of bad teams that have a shot at the top selection in the draft. I’d say the Flyers are one of the more deserving teams, though.
They’ve hit plenty of bad luck with their goaltending situation, going through a whopping seven different netminders this season. Carter Hart likely has the best potential and future in Philadelphia. The rookie has been thrust into an important role with injuries to Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth.
Apparently there has been progress made with Elliott, but there still isn’t a clear timeline towards a return. He wasn’t playing too badly either when he got injured, it was just a case of poor luck. Neuvirth was already injured, so they had to go down the line in the AHL, and most recently, had to sign Mike McKenna, a castoff from the Ottawa Senators. Note that Hart is scheduled to be in net against the Bruins tonight. Head below for our free Bruins vs. Flyers pick.
Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers Pick
Hart got the nod in a 7-4 win over the Wild on Monday. He was below average with 4 goals allowed on 38 shots for a 0.895 save percentage. Dubnyk was having all kind or problems, so his okay performance didn’t hamper the ultimate outcome. Halak is expected to be in net tonight, while Rask will play against the Blues tomorrow night.
Halak opened the season looking like an All-Star in net, but has been pretty average since. With that said, he has one of the better defences in the league helping him out. The Bruins are currently 3rd in the NHL with 2.59 goals allowed per game, only 0.3 behind the Islanders and Predators.
The Bruins could be better on the road this season, but they’ve been showing signs of getting better in that regard recently. Boston have won three games in a row on the road, with wins over the Sabres, Blackhawks, and most impressively, the Maple Leafs this past Saturday.
They’ve recorded an average of 3.1 goals per game, while allowing 2.8 in their previous ten games overall. Conversely, the Flyers have scored 2.1 goals per game and allowed 3.3 in their own net. In seven of their last ten games, the Flyers failed to score more than 2 goals.
I think after belting the Wild for 7 goals, we’re going to see them return to the mean. They are 3-13 in the following game after scoring 5 or more goals. Also note that the Bruins are 6-2 in their last eight meetings and 22-7 against the Flyers in the last 29. If the Bruins want to show up and play in Philadelphia tonight, they should come out of it with a win.