The Boston Bruins return home to TD Garden following an ugly performance against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. They were tripped up by a score of 4-2 in Detroit, as the Red Wings won their first game since October 29th. The Red Wings won just one of their previous 13 games heading into Friday night. You can make it two wins in 14 games following their upset over the Bruins. The Wings had to win again eventually, and they were able to do it against a Bruins team who took them way too lightly. It doesn’t matter how bad the opposing team is. Don’t show up to play and that will happen.
Credit the Red Wings who were in a desperate state and treated that game like a must-win scenario. The Bruins on the other hand treated it like a preseason game. In any event, the loss doesn’t do much damage to the Bruins. They go into Sunday with a comfortable record of 11-3-2 and 1st in the Atlantic Division with 24 points. The Bruins hold a 2-point advantage over the Maple Leafs in the division. There’s going to be tough competition in the Metropolitan for 1st in the Eastern Conference. The Capitals don’t know how to lose and won again last night to get to 25 points on the season.
Their loss against the Red Wings wasn’t a pretty picture, but it’s a small blemish on an otherwise impressive resume for the Bruins thus far. The Bruins will be fine this season, while the same likely can’t be said for the Red Wings. Boston are back home to welcome the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night. The Flyers are on a back-to-back tonight after downing the Toronto Maple Leafs in a shootout last night. It was a tight game that was decided on a Claude Giroux blast. An interesting choice for Giroux with a slapper in the shootout that ended up working out well. We’ll see if they can avoid a letdown in Boston in this one. Head below for our free Flyers vs. Bruins pick.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Boston Bruins Pick
The Giroux slap shop caught Fredrik Andersen off guard, as he wired a shot over his shoulder to take the lead in the shootout. William Nylander followed up with a goal to keep the shootout alive, but Sean Couturier answered with the winning goal. It was an entertaining game and 2 big points for the Flyers. They’re hanging around with a record of 9-5-2 and showing that they might be able to sneak into the playoffs this season. It’s a big maybe, but they certainly look better than the team that finished at .500 in 2018-19.
The Flyers are going to have to deal with what should be an angry Bruins team tonight. Boston are back home at TD Garden where they sport a spectacular record of 7-0-1. Their only defeat at home came in a shootout against the Tampa Bay Lightning on October 19th. They’ve earned at least a point in their first eight games at TD Garden in the 2019-20 season. The offence has been on fire at home, with an average of 4.13 goals scored per game in Boston. Overall, in their previous ten games, the offence has been scoring at an efficient rate with 4.2 goals netted per game.
While the Flyers gave up just 2 goals against the Leafs in Toronto last night, Brian Elliott was mostly responsible for that. Elliott will sit on the bench tonight, giving way to Carter Hart who hasn’t been as sharp as he was in his rookie campaign. The Flyers have yielded 3.86 goals against per game, so last night was more of an outlier for them. Expect the Flyers to get back to the usual on a back-to-back and with Hart in net this evening. Hart enters Boston with a 2.82 GAA and 0.889 save percentage in ten appearances.
Hart’s effort at home has been quite impressive, as he’s holding a 1.81 GAA and 0.93 save percentage in Philadelphia. That’s a far cry from the 4.25 GAA and 0.828 save percentage he has on the road in five showings. Look for the Bruins’ goal scorers to have some fun against the Flyers at his expense in this one. That said, the Bruins are going with their backup netminder as well.
Tuukka Rask will get the night off, as Jaroslav Halak gets the nod in the crease. The 34-year-old has a 2.83 GAA and 0.917 save percentage heading into this contest. Boston have been below average at home defensively so far, with 3.13 goals against per game. This looks like a 4-3 or 5-3 final score in Boston at TD Garden on Sunday night. Getting 6 without the hook with both backups between the pipes provides a good spot on the OVER tonight.