Philadelphia Flyers (31-27-8) at Boston Bruins (35-26-6)
|Date & Time||Saturday March 11, 2017, 1:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Boston Bruins -210 / Philadelphia Flyers +188 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Philadelphia Flyers take the ice at TD Garden for an early afternoon NHL hockey tilt with the Boston Bruins on Saturday.
The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Philadelphia Flyers each need two points every time they take the ice with the playoffs hanging in the balance. Something had to give when the two met on Thursday night and that that was the visiting Flyers by a 4-2 count as the Maple Leafs didn’t suffer through one of their infamous third period collapses. Philly tried as they fired 38 shots at the Leafs but only Shane Gostisbehere and Wayne Simmons were able to reach the scoring column with Michal Neuvirth absorbing the loss. The balanced Toronto attack featured goals from Tyler Bozak, Mitch Marner, William Nylander and Nazem Kadri while the Maple Leafs got 38 saves from Frederik Andersen for back to back wins.
The Boston Bruins and the Detroit Red Wings are heading in opposite directions and that was obvious in Wednesday’s 6-1 rout of the NHL’s perennial playoff contender. The win has the Bruins at third in the Atlantic Division while the Wings have the fewest points in the Eastern Conference. The Red Wings had problems at both ends of the ice with Niklas Kronwell logging the lone goal while Jared Coreau was given the hook after allowing three first period goals with Petr Mrazek finishing the game. David Krejci paced the Bruins offensive outburst with a pair of goals with Brad Marchand also lighting the lamp two times. David Pastrnak and Drew Stafford also scored to make life easy for Tuukka Rask who picked up the win with a 26 save performance.
The Flyers are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning record and the under is 6-1 in Flyers last 7 games playing on 1 days rest while the Flyers are 1-5 in their last 6 Saturday games. The over is 3-0-1 in Bruins last 4 Saturday games and the over is 4-0 in Bruins last 4 games playing on 2 days rest while the Bruins are 4-0 in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400. The Flyers are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Boston and the over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings in Boston while the Flyers are 7-19 in the last 26 meetings.
The Bruins and the over have been the choices and for now I’ll back Boston until netminders are confirmed…