The NHL is set up with another great day of action throughout February 21. Four games will be up on the board throughout Sunday. One of these games will be between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins. These two teams have had solid starts to the season and will look to grab a win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 7:30 PM Eastern time on NBCSN.
The Flyers have jumped out to an 8-3-3 start to this point in the season, which has them sitting in second place of the East Division. Philadelphia is coming off loss in their last one and have lost three of their last four. The Flyers are playing their second game after being off for 10 days and will look to come out better in this one on Sunday.
Boston has put up a record of 10-3-2 throughout the early part of this season, which has them sitting in first place of the East Division. The Bruins are coming off back to back losses and will look to turn it around with a win in this one. Boston will look to keep their lead strong on Philadelphia with a win on Sunday night.
These two teams have been strong throughout this season so far, which should lead to a great game on Sunday. This game will be part of the NHL’s outdoor games at Lake Tahoe, which should add to the intensity. Both teams will look to come out strong in this outdoor tilt. I expect a great game as they two teams square off on February 21.
The Flyers and the Bruins have met up four times this season. Boston hosted the first game on January 21. Jakub Voracek had three assists on the night, while James van Riemsdyk had two goals. Kevin Hayes added two assists, but it was not enough. Nick Richie had a goal and an assist and David Krejci had two assists. Ten different players had a points for the Bruins as they grabbed a 5-4 win.
Boston also hosted the second game of the series 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 both had a goal and an assist as well. Jaroslav Halak stopped 16 of 17 shots as the Bruins earned a 6-1 win.
The third game of the season series shifted to Philadelphia on February 3. Travis Sanheim and James van Riemsdyk both had two assists, but once again the Flyers came up short. David Pastrnak finished with three goals and an assist, while Patrice Bergeron had a goal and three assists. Bergeron scored the winner in overtime to lead the Bruins to a 4-3 win.
The most recent game stayed in Philadelphia on February 5. James van Riemsdyk scored the opening goal in the third period for the Flyers, but it still was not enough. Brad Marchand and Sean Kuraly scored 27 seconds apart to give the Bruins the lead. Tuukka Rask finished with 23 saves on 24 shots to lead Boston to a 2-1 win.
Philadelphia has struggled on special teams throughout this season. The Flyers have capitalized on 9 of their 47 power play opportunities, which is a 19.2 percent power play. Philadelphia has given up 14 goals on 49 power play chances, which is a 71.4 percent kill rate. The Flyers will need to step up on both sides of special teams if they want to move up in the standings.
The Bruins have been really strong on the power play and the penalty kill to this point in the season. Boston has scored on 14 of their 47 power play attempts, which is a 29.8 percent success rate. The Bruins have killed off 48 of their 54 penalties against, which is an 88.9 percent penalty kill. Boston will look to keep it up in this one.
These two teams have been very different on special teams this season. Boston has been stronger on the power play and penalty kill. I expect both teams to try and come out strong in this one as they look to grab a win in this one. If either team can break through on the special teams in this one, it could be enough to get the win in this one.
Carter Hart will likely get the start in the net for the Flyers on Sunday night. Hart has grabbed a record of 5-2-3 throughout his 10 starts so far this season. He has posted a save percentage of .902 and a 3.31 GAA in those games. Hart’s last start was against the New York Rangers, where he stopped 31 of the 33 shots against him in the shootout loss.
I expect Tuukka Rask to get the nod in the crease for Boston in this one. Rask has started in 9 games this season, going 6-2-1 through his starts. He has put up a .906 save percentage and a GAA of 2.51 in these games. Rask finished with 38 saves on 42 shots in his last start against the New York Islanders, which was not enough for the win.
These two goalies have put up similar numbers throughout this season so far. Both goalies have had slightly above a .900 save percentage on the season. I expect both goalies to try and get into a rhythm early in this one. Rask hasn’t started in about a week and will look to use that rest to his advantage in this one on Sunday afternoon.
The Bruins have dominated the season series against Philadelphia so far this season, winning all four games. The Flyers will look to get some revenge in this one. Philadelphia needs to grab some wins against Boston if they want to avoid falling further behind in the East Division. I expect the Flyers to come out quick in this one as they look for the win.
BetOnline has the Bruins listed as a -195 against the money line in this one. This implies that Boston will win this game around 66.1 percent of the time. I think that this line is wrong. This game will be at a neutral site outdoors. Both teams have been close in the standings and I think that the Flyers will finally grab a win against the Bruins in this one.