Flyers vs. Bruins Betting Preview
The Philadelphia Flyers are one win away from making an epic series comeback on Friday night when they land in Boston to face the Bruins in Game 7 as a +115 underdog. It looked like this series was going to have a quick ending after the Bruins won the first three games to jump out to a 3-0 series lead.
The Bruins couldn’t finish the Flyers off, though, and three wins by Philadelphia later it’s winner-take-all in Game 7 tonight. Philadelphia tied the series at three apiece on Wednesday night with a 2-1 victory in Game 6. Michael Leighton made his first start in nearly two months in place of Brian Boucher, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in Game 5. Leighton didn’t show any rust, as he made 30 saves to lead the Flyers to the win.
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Mike Richards posted a goal and an assist for the Flyers and Danny Briere continued his recent hot streak by potting the game-winning goal. The goal was Briere’s fourth in the series and gave him eight points in six games versus the Bruins. Boston’s offense once again had trouble lighting the lamp after getting shut out in Game 5.
The Bruins were almost shut out again and only found the back of the net late in the third after Milan Lucic netted his third of the postseason to break the shutout streak. Tuukka Rask had a solid game in nets, but even his 25 saves weren’t enough behind Boston’s anemic offense.
If the Flyers are able to complete the comeback tonight they’ll join a very short list of NHL teams that have come back from being down 0-3 in the postseason.
Only two other teams have ever won a series after being down 0-3 – the 1942 Maple Leafs and the 1975 Islanders. In fact, no team that has been down 0-3 has even made it to Game 7 since the Islanders did it in ’75. The Bruins are a -125 favorite for Friday’s game at Bovada. The team that prevails in Game 7 will move on to face the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference final.
The Habs may prefer an Original Six matchup with the Bruins after going 5-1 against them during the regular season. In four games against the Flyers the Canadiens were 2-2.