The Philadelphia Flyers look to tack on another win for a ten-game winning streak against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night. Their latest win was a 3-1 win over the Sabres on Saturday. Even more impressive, the Flyers swept a back-to-back against the Capitals and Hurricanes prior to that win. That might be the most impressive wins during their winning streak, with other wins coming against the Sharks, Jets, Rangers, and Blue Jackets.
The Flyers can beat their best opponent of all with a strong performance tonight against the Bruins. Boston continues to lead the league despite a loss against the Lightning in their most recent appearance. They have a record of 43-14-12 for a 7-point advantage on the Lightning.
The Bruins are on pace to win the Presidents’ Trophy. For better or worse, the Bruins are likely going to have the top seed throughout the postseason. People tend to suggest that winning the Presidents’ Trophy is a curse, but I’d say something has to go back a long time to be a curse.
The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2013 after finishing with the best record in the regular season, so I’m not sure that constitutes as a curse. More like parity reigns in the NHL and there isn’t much separating teams in terms of talent. The added pressure of playing as the best team in the regular season can add to that as well.
Boston has handled pressure well over the years, and the playoffs aren’t going to be anything new to them. With that in mind, don’t expect the Bruins to buckle in the first-round. There’s no guarantee they make it to the Stanley Cup Final, but I don’t see them getting upset like the Lightning did in 2019-20 early.
They are built for the playoffs, though they’ve been having a lot of success in the regular season. The Bruins will have to be aware of the Flyers, who are likely getting heavily bet to win the Stanley Cup at the moment. They seem to be the fancy pick right now, and it would be a fairy tale ending if the Flyers do pull it off.
Oskar Lindblom hasn’t played since December 7 after being diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. The team has been using his situation as a bit of inspiration. It would be quite the story if the Flyers ride this hot streak all the way into June. A huge test awaits them at home on Tuesday night. Head below for our free Bruins vs. Flyers pick.
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The Flyers have romped over the competition for a nine-game winning streak. They were able to get the job done in their last outing against the Sabres, but it wasn’t necessarily easy. The Sabres offered some resistance, with Carter Hart required to be sharp between the pipes. He was the MVP of the game, as Hart made 38 saves on 39 shots. Conversely, the Flyers scored 3 goals on 24 shots. In any event, the Flyers are not a team to take lightly right now. They’ve scored at least 3 goals in 14 straight games. Along with their nine-game winning streak, the Flyers have won 12 of their previous 14 games.
The Metropolitan Division was all about the Capitals and Penguins, but the Flyers can take the lead with a win tonight. Washington took a 1-point lead after losing in Buffalo last night. They weren’t even in the discussion that long ago, but kudos to the Flyers for flying up the board to catch the Penguins and Capitals.
They face a Bruins squad who was on a four-game winning streak before losing at home against the Lightning. It was a rare home loss at TD Garden for the Bruins. It was only their fourth loss in regulation in Boston this season. The Flyers have been equally as impressive at home. They’ve gone 22-5-4 at the Wells Fargo Center, so the Bruins are going to have a tall order on Tuesday night.
I think Boston is going to come out swinging in this one, though. While the Flyers have been on fire, don’t forget that the Bruins have won 15 of their last 11 games. It’s not like they’ve been sitting back. Also note that the Bruins have been pretty effective on the road, as they’ve compiled a record of 21-10-3. Overall, they are 8th in the league in scoring with 3.26 goals scored a game, and 1st defensively with 2.42 goals against per game. Those numbers hold strong on the road as well.
Tuukka Rask is coming off a poor showing, allowing 4 goals on 24 shots. That’s been the exception for him this season, however. Rask has posted a 2.18 GAA and 0.926 save percentage, as his name continues to be included in Vezina discussions. He’s been even better against the Flyers in his career, with a 2.03 GAA and 0.93 save percentage.
The Flyers could have easily got caught looking against the Sabres and lost on Saturday. They’re going to lose eventually, and I there’s a good chance it happens tonight. Philadelphia has not played a team up to the calibre of the Bruins during their nine-game winning streak. And coming off a poor performance against the Lightning, the Bruins should be locked in here. I like the Bruins to edge the Flyers out by a score of 3-2 on Tuesday night.