The Philadelphia Flyers are feeling hot these days. With five straight wins, the Flyers are playing some of their best hockey of the season. Their previous longest winning streak this season was a three-game stretch between November 5th to 10th, so it’s been a while since they’ve had a reason to feel good about themselves.
Head coach Dave Hakstol has since been fired and Scott Gordon has looked more comfortable behind the bench as he gains experience. He is only here on an interim basis, so if these next months are important for anyone, it has to be Gordon. A future job lays in the balance for him. If he can steady the boat and this team continues to show improvements, the interim tag might be removed.
Some of the younger players on the Flyers have been showing signs of improvement under Gordon. For instance, 22-year-old Ivan Provorov and Oskar Limbholm have been showing off their skill since Gordon has taken over. Limbholm was responsible for the game-winning goal over the Rangers on Tuesday.
In fact, it was the only goal scored in the game, which was good enough to pick up a win. Another youngster, Anthony Stolarz, made his return to the crease and chipped in with a shutout. Stolarz sent back 38 shots by the Rangers to capture the first shutout of his young career. Carter Hart, who once again is another young player, has been playing well for the Flyers as well.
He is likely to get the start against the Bruins in Boston tonight. Expect to see the Flyers alternate between Stolarz and Hart if they’re both playing well. The Bruins are coming off a tough 4-3 loss to the Jets in a shootout on Tuesday. Head below for our free Flyers vs. Bruins pick.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Boston Bruins Pick
The Bruins were playing fine with a 2-1 lead until Kyle Connor struck quickly with 2 back-to-back goals. They managed to tie it back up and force overtime, but Connor Hellebuyck was able to outduel Jaroslav Halak in a shootout. Rask is expected to get the starting duties against the Flyers this evening.
He has been solid with a 2.43 GAA and 0.92 save percentage in the fact of increased scoring across the league in 2018-19. The Bruins as a team have been one of the best around defensively. They’re currently 4th in the NHL with an average of 2.62 goals allowed per game.
Rask missed time recently with a concussion, but Bruce Cassidy he feels confident that his starting goaltender will be good for tonight. He has been strong in his most recent outings, as he’s prevented more than 3 goals in eight appearances. Additionally, he allowed 2 or less goals in seven of those eight games.
While a capable Jets’ offence was able to exploit the Bruins on Tuesday, the Flyers do not have that kind of firepower in their arsenal. The Flyers have averaged 2.81 goals per game on the road as opposed to 3.46 goals per game for the Bruins in Boston. Also, this hasn’t been an arena that the Flyer enjoy playing in. They have gone just 2-12 in their last fourteen trips to Boston. The Bruins are 22-8 overall in their previous 30 meetings.
The Bruins have been solid with just 2.46 goals allowed per game at TD Garden. They let one slip away from the Jets on Tuesday, but I think this veteran squad is going to overpower the younger Flyers in this contest. Philadelphia have been playing tremendous hockey lately, but I think it’s been a little bit of overachieving for this club. The Bruins should be able to put an end to their five-game winning streak in Boston on Thursday.