The NHL is set up with a strong slate of games throughout Monday night. Seven games will be up on the board throughout April 5. One of these games will be between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for an important win in this one. This matchup will drop the puck at around 7:00 PM Eastern time on NHL Network.
Philadelphia has put up a record of 17-14-5 throughout this season, which has them sitting in fifth place of the East Division. The Flyers have lost back to back games and six of their last eight. Philadelphia has stumbled down the stretch and will look to get going in this one. The Flyers are only four points out of a playoff picture and will look to earn a much needed win in this one.
The Bruins have earned a record of 19-10-5 to this point in the season, which has them in fourth place of the East Division. Boston is coming off a win in their last game and will look to get moving in this one. The Bruins have gone 3-2-1 in their last six and will look to put together a winning streak on Monday night. Boston needs wins like this one as they try to create separation nearing the playoffs.
These two teams are both fighting it out for the last playoff spot in the East Division, which should bump up the intensity in this one. The Flyers have struggled heavily throughout this last stretch, while Boston has been in a win one lose one situation. Both teams will look to get their offense going early in this one, which should lead to an exciting game.
The Flyers and the Bruins have met up five times throughout this season. Boston hosted the first two games on January 21 and 23. Nick Ritchie had a goal and an assist in the first game, while Jake Debrusk scored the winner in a shootout to give the Bruins a 5-4 win. Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand both had two goals and an assist in the second game as Boston won 6-1 on the night.
Philadelphia hosted the third and fourth game of the season series on February 3 and 5. David Pastrnak had three goals and an assist in the third game to lift the Bruins to a 4-3 overtime win. Brad Marchand and Sean Kuraly both scored for Boston in the fourth game. Tuukka Rask stopped 23 of 24 shots as the Bruins earned a 2-1 win on the night.
The fifth game of the season series was outdoors at Lake Tahoe on February 21. James van Riemsdyk had a goal and two assists on the night, which was not enough. David Pastrnak scored three times, while Nick Ritchie had a goal and an assist. Six different players had two or more points on the night for Boston as the Bruins earned a 7-3.
Boston has dominated the season series to this point so far. The Bruins have won all five games against Philadelphia this season, including a big statement win against the Flyers in their outdoor meeting. Boston will look to keep this up in this meeting as they try to create more distance from Philadelphia in the playoff race.
The Flyers have struggled on both sides of special teams throughout this season. Philadelphia has scored on 23 of their 119 power play chances, which is a 19.3 percent power play. The Flyers have given up 29 power play goals on the 110 penalties against them, which is a 73.6 percent penalty kill. Philadelphia will look to step up on special teams in this one.
Boston has been solid on the power play throughout this season. The Bruins have capitalized on 24 of their 104 power play attempts, which is a 23.1 percent success rate. Boston has been even stronger on the penalty kill this season as well. The Bruins have killed off 97 of their opponents 109 power play opportunities, which is an 89 percent kill rate.
The Bruins have a big edge on special teams entering this matchup. Boston has been really strong on the power play and penalty kill, while the Flyers have not been great on either side of special teams. The Bruins will look to use that to their advantage in this one. Philadelphia will look to hold off Boston’s power play in this one as the Bruins have struggled at times on five-on-five play.
I expect Carter Hart to get the start in the crease for Philadelphia in this one. Hart has earned a record of 8-9-4 throughout his games played this season. He has put up a .871 save percentage and a GAA of 3.92 in those games. Hart’s last start was against the New York Rangers, where he stopped 22 of 24 shots in route to a shootout loss.
Jaroslav Halak will likely get the nod between the pipes for the Bruins on Monday night. Halak has played in 17 games this season, going 9-5-3 throughout those matchups. He has posted a save percentage of .910 and a 2.44 GAA in his games played. Halak stopped 23 of 28 shots in his last start against the Pittsburgh Penguins, which was enough for the win.
Boston has the edge in this one with Halak in net. Carter Hart has struggled heavily throughout this season. Hart had his first game where he finished with a save percentage above .900 in ten games in his last outing. It still was not enough for the win though. Hart will look to build on that in this one as he tries to help lead the Flyers push for a playoff spot.
These two teams have put up similar records throughout this season, but the Bruins have won all five games against Philadelphia so far this season. I think that the Flyers can bounce back in this one though. If Philadelphia can step up on special teams, it could give them an edge. I also think Hart might finally be ending this slump, which could help him earn a big win in this one.
BetOnline has Boston listed as a -165 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Bruins will win this game around 62.3 percent of the time. Boston has been really strong throughout this season series, but I think that this line is a little high. I believe Philadelphia has a chance to bounce back with a win in this one and as big underdogs, I really like the value on them.