Philadelphia Flyers vs. Boston Bruins Pick – NHL January 21

Two struggling teams will look to reverse their respective fortunes as they face-off Thursday evening in a hard-fought East division. Both Philadelphia and Boston were seen as prohibitive favourites atop a competitive eight-team division, though have had to endure some early season struggles.

For the Flyers, they looked oddly out of sorts against a fairly weak Buffalo Sabres team their last time out. Philadelphia boasts a deep forward attack, solid defensive structure, and an excellent young netminder in Carter Hart, but all three facets haven’t lived up to their potential thus far. Complicating matters further for Philly is the fact that they’re arguably without their top player in first-line centre Sean Couturier for the next few weeks. He brings a well-balanced offensive and defensive element, and Philly clearly missed him in their last game.

Meanwhile for Boston, they too are without a key piece, in high-scoring winger David Pastrnak. The former leading goal-scorer remains out with an injury, and despite Boston’s depth and talent beyond him – the Bruins have struggled to muster much of anything with their high-profile attack. Though it’s still early in the season, many pundits have pegged this division to be separated by a few points, and if the Bruins can’t revive their struggling offense, it may create a very deep hole.

Expect the aforementioned Carter Hart to be between the pipes for the Flyers, while Boston’s reliable Finnish goaltender Tuukka Rask will counter for the B’s. For added information, team news, and a betting recommendation, continue on beneath the posted odds for more insight on this Flyers/Bruins East Division showdown. Enjoy!

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Boston Bruins Betting Odds:

Philadelphia Flyers (+115)
Boston Bruins (-135)

Philadelphia Flyers +1.5 (-220)
Boston Bruins -1.5 (+180)

Over 5.5 (+100)
Under 5.5 (-120)

*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Boston Bruins Pick:

Though it’s still early on in the season, points are already at a premium in a tightly contested East Division. With both of these squads considering themselves to be likely Cup contenders by the end of the season, a real value will be placed on securing two points on Thursday evening.

For Boston, expect the Bruins to turn in a much better offensive outing. It’s worth noting that they have been able to generate a decent amount of chances and expected goals, the puck simply hasn’t been crossing the line. Head coach Bruce Cassidy has often known what buttons to push to further engage his group, and expect his team’s depth to show up at home on Thursday. Leading the way will certainly be the veteran duo of Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, who have typically always stepped up after down stretches.

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That B’s tandem will certainly be one that likely proves to be nearly impossible for Philly to contain, especially without Sean Couturier for Philadelphia. While the Flyers possess good depth throughout their lineup, Couturier brings a required defensive element up the middle that is truly irreplaceable. He’s an elite centre, and without him it’s going to put a lot of pressure on the likes of Nolan Patrick and Kevin Hayes, two players who will likely get overwhelmed by Boston’s depth.

Expect the B’s to do what they’ve always done in the past few years, and rebound following a tough stretch in New Jersey. This is still an elite club, with excellent special teams, and with Cassidy controlling favourable matchups as the home side, look for Boston to get back on track. Their current -135 price is undervalued according to my projections and expected goal metrics, so get in quickly before this line shifts puck drop. Enjoy what should be a competitive one, folks!

My Pick
Bruins
Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.