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Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 1/31/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins
Date & Time Thursday January 31, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
TD Garden
Boston, MA
The Line
Boston Bruins -244 / Philadelphia Flyers +190
TV Channel
Sportsnet, TVA, NESN, NBCS-Philly+, NHL
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The Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins meet in NHL action from the TD Garden on Thursday night.

The Philadelphia Flyers come into this game looking to build on their current 5-game winning streak after a narrow 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers in their last outing. Oskar Lindblom opened the scoring just 1:40 into the game and the Flyers would carry that lead through the first, second and third periods until the final horn, holding onto the cushion for the victory, despite being doubled up in terms of shots on goal with New York outshooting the Flyers 38-19 in the game. Anthony Stolarz got the win to improve to 3-3-2 this season after stopping all 38 shots faced in the winning effort for his 1st shutout of the season.

The Boston Bruins will look to rebound after back-to-back losses since the all-star break following a 4-3 shootout loss to Winnipeg in their last outing. Patrice Bergeron opened the scoring for the B’s just before the midway point of the period before Winnipeg tied the game and David Pastrnak re-took the lead for Boston with just 1:27 to go in the opening frame, taking a 2-1 lead into the 1st intermission and holding onto that same advantage through 40 minutes of play. Winnipeg tied the game and took the lead :37 apart before Bergeron tied the game once again at 3-3 just after the midway point of the 3rd period. Overtime solved nothing after regulation, so it was off to the shootout where Jake DeBrusk, David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand each missed in the shootout, while Winnpeg scored on their first attempt to take the extra point. Jaroslav Halak took the OT loss to fall to 13-9-3 after allowing 3 goals on 27 shots faced in the losing effort plus the 1 goal on 2 shots in the shootout.

Philadelphia is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall and 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games against the Atlantic division. Boston is 1-4 in their last 5 games overall and 1-4 in their last 5 games against the Eastern Conference while the over is 6-2-1 in their last 9 games against a team with a losing record. Philadelphia is 8-22 in the last 30 meetings between these two teams and 2-12 in the last 14 meetings between these two teams in Boston.

Boston should definitely be favored here, as the Flyers haven’t been the easiest team to back and have had issues with the Bruins both overall and on the road for quite some time now. However, the Bruins are slumping out of the all-star break, while the Flyers have been on fire and continued that run with a solid defensive outing against the Rangers. That all could change with Boston being at home, but I think it’s worth taking a shot with the Flyers and the plus money on Thursday night.

Pick:
Philadelphia Flyers +190

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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