The NHL is set up with another great slate of games throughout Saturday. Five games are up on the board throughout January 23. One of these games will be between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins. These two teams have started this season off well and will look earn a win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 7:00 PM Eastern time on NHL Network.
The Flyers have earned a record of 3-1-1 throughout the early part of this season, which has them sitting in first place of the East Division. The Flyers are coming off an overtime loss in their last meeting, but will look to bounce back in this one. Philadelphia blew away some big leads in Thursday’s game and will look to clean up their play late in this one.
Boston has posted a record of 2-1-1 so far this season, which has them tied for fourth place in the East Division. The Bruins are coming off a win in their last game, which ended a two game losing streak. Boston will look build off that win as they try to knock off the Flyers again in this one. The Bruins have a dangerous team and will look to get started early to set the pace in this one.
These two teams have been strong early in this season, which has them competing at the top of the East Division. There is still a lot of time left in this season, but I expect these games to matter as the season continues. These two teams have contending teams and it should lead to a great series throughout this season. I expect both teams to come out hot to try and set the pace in this one.
The Flyers and the Bruins met up four times throughout last season. The first meeting was in Boston. Travis Konecny and Sean Couturier both had two points as Philadelphia was able to earn a 3-2 win in a shootout. The second game shifted to Philadelphia. Couturier had a goal and two assists, while Travis Sanheim scored twice. The Flyers won 6-5 in the shootout in this one as well.
The third game of the season series stayed in Philadelphia on March 10. Matt Grzelcyk and Patrice Bergeron both had a goal to help give the Bruins a 2-0 win. The final meeting of the season series shifted to the qualifiers. Michael Raffl had a goal and an assist, while Carter Hart stopped 34 of 35 shots in the win. The Flyers won 4-1 in that one to win the season series 3-1.
The first meeting of this season’s series was on January 21. Jakub Voracek had three assists on the night. James van Riemsdyk scored twice, which was enough to help force a shootout. Nick Ritchie had a goal and an assist, while David Krejci had two assists on the night. Jake Debrusk scored the winner in the shootout to help lead Boston to a 5-4 win.
These two teams had some strong meetings throughout the last two seasons. Three of their last five games have finished in a shootout. The Flyers won three games throughout last season, but Boston was able to bounce back with a win to open up this season’s series. The Bruins will look to open up this series with a sweep, while Philadelphia will look to tie it up.
The Flyers power play has been dominant to start out this season, but their penalty kill struggled. Philadelphia has capitalized on 5 of their 17 power play opportunities, which is good for a 29.4 percent power play. The Flyers have given up 5 goal on 18 power play chances, which is a 72.2 percent kill rate. Philadelphia will look to turn it around in this one on the penalty kill.
Boston has been dominant on both sides of special teams so far this season. The Bruins have been able to score on 3 of their 13 power play attempts, which is a 23.1 percent success rate. Boston has also killed off 16 of 18 power play chances for opposing teams, which is an 88.9 percent penalty kill. The Bruins will look to keep up their special teams in this one.
These two teams have been strong on the power play to open up the new season. The Bruins have been better on the penalty kill this season, but there is still plenty of time for Philadelphia to improve in that area. The Flyers will look to turn it around in this one early by killing off Boston’s power play. If either teams power play can get going early, it should be enough for the win.
I expect Carter Hart to get the start in the crease for Philadelphia on Saturday night. Hart has started four games this season, posting a record of 2-1-1. He has earned a save percentage of .902 and a 3.67 GAA coming into this one. Hart turned away 39 of 43 shots throughout Thursday night’s loss against the Bruins. The Flyers will look for Hart to pick up his game a bit in this one.
Jaroslav Halak will likely get the non in the net for the Bruins in this one. Halak has started once this season, losing in overtime in that loss. Halak was able to stop 29 of 31 shots in that loss. The Bruins will look for Halak to keep up his strong backup role. Halak had a .919 save percentage and a GAA of 2.39 throughout last season.
These two goalies will look to help lead their team to a big win in this one. Philadelphia gave up 43 shots to the Bruins on Thursday night. The Flyers will look to play much better defense in front of Hart in this one. If Philadelphia can come out hot on offense, it could be enough to break through on Halak. I expect Boston to try and keep up the pressure on Hart early in this one.
The Bruins are coming off a win against Philadelphia on Thursday night, but I think that the Flyers will come out better in this one. Philadelphia has looked good early in the season and will look to bounce back after choking away a near victory in their last game. If the Flyers can come out hot in this one, they should be able to even up the series with Boston.
BetOnline has the Bruins listed as a -145 against the money line. This implies that the Bruins will win this game around 59.2 percent of the time. I do not think that Boston should be such heavy favorites in this one with how the Flyers have played this season. Philadelphia has looked good early in the season and will look to pull off the upset in this one.