The Philadelphia Flyers face the Boston Bruins on Sunday in the restart of the NHL. When the regular season was suspended, the Philadelphia Flyers sat in 4th Place in the Eastern Conference at 41-28-7 with 89 points. The Flyers are all about a tough defense and an excellent penalty-killing unit.
The Boston Bruins led the Eastern Conference when play was stopped in the NHL in March with a record of 44-26-12 and 100 points. The Bruins were eight points ahead of the second-place Tampa Bay Lightning. Boston had a +53 scoring differential and had won seven of its last 10 before the season was suspended.
Philadelphia looks for it's tough defense to shut down the BruinsThe Philadelphia Flyers ranked 7th in goals against during the regular season and 11th with their penalty kill. Much of that is due to the presence of Carter Hart in net for the Flyers. In 43 games played, Hart was 24-13-3 with a goals-against average of just 2.42 and a save percentage of .914. If the Flyers hope to defeat the Bruins, the defense needs to shut down the Bruins and Hart must come up big in net.
Offensively the Flyers were led by center Travis Konecny with 24 goals and a team-high 61 points. Jakub Voracek is the leader in assists for Philadelphia with 44. Second to Konecny in goals scored was Kevin Hayes with 23. Philadelphia’s power play was scoring 20.8% of the time while it's penalty kill kept opponents scoreless 81.8% of the time.
Bruins defense must Titan X grip at the Blue LineThe Bruins had the best overall record in the NHL when play was halted. Boston ranked 9th in goals scored, second in power play percentage and led the NHL in goals against, while its penalty-kill was third overall. Much of the success of the Bruins has been due to the play of goaltender Tuukka Rask who has a goals-against-average of 2.12 and a safe percentage of .929.
David Pastrnak was the leading goal scorer for the Bruins during the regular season with 48 and also was the team leader in points with 95. Left Winger Brad Marchand led the Bruins in assists with 59 and also added 28 goals. The Bruins averaged 3.2 goals-per-game and gave up just 2.4 goals per game, while the power play scored 25.2% of the time in the penalty kill held the power play of opponents scoreless 84.2% of the time
- Boston has won seven of the last eight against teams from the Eastern Conference
- The Bruins have won 20 of the last 27 games overall
- Philadelphia is 2-5 in the last seven postseason games as the underdog
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Boston Bruins were simply the best team overall in the NHL when play was halted. Boston was 9th in goal scored at 3.24 per game and was first overall in goals-against at 2.42 per game. The Bruins dominated teams from the Metropolitan Division winning four of the last five and in Eastern Conference play the Bruins had won seven of the last eight.
Prediction: Boston Bruins -135
Full-Game Total Pick
Boston has the best defense and goals-against average in the NHL at 2.42 and goalie Tuukka Rask has a season-long goals against average of just 2.12. The total has finished under in four of the last five for Boston and in five of the last six the Bruins have played against a team from the Metropolitan Division.
Prediction: UNDER 5.5