Philadelphia Flyers vs. Boston Bruins - 3/30/14
Boston Bruins (50-17-6) at Philadelphia Flyers (39-27-7)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 12:30 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers +100 / Boston Bruins -110 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Boston Bruins continue to prove that they're the best team in the Eastern Conference and it's by a wide margin at this point. While some could argue that the Pittsburgh Penguins are right there with them it's hard to take that seriously after what we've seen from these teams lately and remember about the Bruins' four game sweep last season. This is a club that has one of the best goaltenders in the league in Tuukka Rask, forward depth that seemingly goes on forever, and a blue line that's anchored by one of the best players in the game in Zdeno Chara. It's extremely hard to find a weakness with this club especially when you consider every player on this team works hard each and every night out. Saturday afternoon they got off to a slow start on the road against a Washington Capitals club that's fighting for their playoff lives, but in the end the Bruins talent was just too much. Jarome Iginla scored a pair of second period goals and Carl Soderberg also tallied a power play goal in the frame as the Bruins went on to a 4-2 win. Patric Bergeron added a power play goal in the third. Right now there isn't a team in the Eastern Conference that can take the Bruins down in a seven game series, but Boston has to be hoping that they aren't peaking at the wrong time. This hockey club has been so good for so long, but Boston knows that what matters most is how you perform once the post season comes. The Bruins would love to avoid Montreal at all costs because they're one rival that doesn't seem to fear them and can give them some headaches. Saturday's match up in Philadelphia should pose an interesting challenge as well.
The Flyers bounced back nicely from their loss at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night but despite the victory over the free falling Toronto Maple Leafs there needs to be concern about the game before that. Right now the Flyers are lined up to face the New York Rangers in the first round of the playoffs and if the Rangers secure home ice advantage it could spell an early exit for the Flyers. Philadelphia has now lost eight straight games at the World's Most Famous arena and the majority of those contests haven't even been close. For whatever reason the Flyers just aren't competitve when they play in New York but at this point it's all about getting in. Vincent Lecavalier and Scott Hartnell scored power play goals to lift the Flyers to a 2-1 lead heading the third period on Friday night, and Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds finished the scoring in the 4-2 win. WIth the way Toronto is playing it's hard to take anything from the win but it keeps the Flyers in good position to find a way to flip flop home ice on the Rangers in the first round. Right now that's all this club should be worrying about because a decisive game seven on the road in the first round could spell disaster fo them.
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There should be a lot of rough stuff and players trying to send messages in this one. Philadelphia and Boston are no strangers to afternoon affairs so neither should have a leg up here. Philadelphia seems to play well in games like these and with more on the line and getting some plus money they should be the play here.