The Boston Bruins enter this game on a three-game winning streak that includes a 5-1 home win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Flyers enter this game on a five-game losing streak that includes a 2-3 OT loss at home against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.
BookMaker has the Boston Bruins listed as -250 money line favorites over the Philadelphia Flyers and has the total for the over/under plays listed at 6 goals. Can the Flyers keep the game close or will they continue their losing ways? Let’s take a deeper dive into these two teams and then decide!
The Boston Bruins enter this game with 42 points on the season and a record of 20-11-2 which is the 8th most points in the Eastern Conference this season. They are 10-6-1 at home and 16-7-1 as a favorite this season.
Offensively, Boston has scored 103 goals this season which is an average of 3.12 goals per game which ranks 13th in the NHL this season. They rank 10th in the NHL in power-play conversion rate with a success rate of 22%. Brad Marchand leads the team in goals, points, and assists this season with 19 goals, 39 points, and 20 assists on the year.
The Bruins have allowed 84 goals this season which is an average of 2.55 goals per game. They rank 7th in the NHL in penalty kill percentage with an 83.2% rate.
The Philadelphia Flyers enter this game with 33 points and a record of 13-15-7 on the year which ranks 11th in the Eastern Conference this season. They are 7-8-4 on the road and 8-19-5 as an underdog on the year.
Offensively, the Flyers have scored 90 goals for an average of 2.57 goals per game this season. They have a power-play success rate of 16.2% which is the 7th worst success rate in the league on the year. Claude Giroux leads the team in assists and points with 29 points and 18 assists this season. Cam Atkinson leads the team in goals with 14 on the year.
Philadelphia has allowed the 10th most goals this season with 116 for an average of 3.31 goals per game on the year. They have a penalty kill percentage of 79.8% which ranks 18th in the NHL. Philadelphia’s projected starting goalie, Carter Hart is 7-10-4 on the season with a .912 save percentage and is allowing an average of 2.92 goals per game.
Boston is 7-2-1 in the last ten of the series, however, the Flyers have won two of the previous three matchups.
The over has hit in seven of the last ten in the series with the teams combining for an average of 6.8 goals in those contests. The over has also hit in two of the last three games with the teams combining for an average of 7 goals in those matchups.
The 1st line of the Bruins is red hot right now, they are coming off a game in which the line scored three goals. They go against another poor defensive team in the Flyers on Thursday night. I don’t think they will have any problem scoring goals in this spot.
I also think the Flyers will be able to score a few goals here on Thursday. As a result, I am going with the over 6 goals in this spot on BookMaker.