Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 3/8/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia Flyers (34-22-11) at Boston Bruins (41-15-8)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Bruins / Philadelphia Flyers --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN, NESN, TSN
The Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins meet Thursday in NHL action at the TD Garden.
The Philadelphia Flyers could use a win here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 20.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Couturier leads Philadelphia with 29 goals, Jakub Voracek has 57 assists and Claude Giroux has 149 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 75.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Brian Elliott has given up 109 goals on 1,189 shots faced and Michal Neuvirth has allowed 44 goals on 519 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed three or more goals in five of their last six games.
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The Boston Bruins look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 28 goals, David Pastrnak has 38 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 198 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 83 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 93 goals on 1,149 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 58 goals on 705 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 12 games.
The Flyers are 2-6 in their last 8 vs. a team with a winning record, 7-2 in their last 9 road games and 10-4 in their last 14 overall. The Bruins are 19-7 in their last 26 home games, 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games and 36-16 in their last 52 overall. The Flyers are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings in Boston, 6-20 in the last 26 meetings and the under is 3-1-2 in the last 6 meetings.
The Philadelphia Flyers have been getting destroyed on the defensive end during this losing stretch and playing on the end of a back to back likely won't help them much. The Boston Bruins are finishing the home stretch of this season strong and have played their best hockey by far on their home ice. Hard to see the Flyers losing skid ending here. Give me the Bruins.