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Red-Hot Flyers Have Had Bruins’ Number

Boston Bruins vs Philadelphia Flyers Betting Preview

A month ago, this game probably looked like a relative gimme on the Boston Bruins’ schedule – but it most certainly won’t be, as they face the blistering-hot Flyers in Philadelphia. The Broad Street Bullies have reeled off nine consecutive victories and are now running neck and neck with the Washington Capitals for top spot in the entertaining Metropolitan Division race.

Boston Bruins vs Philadelphia Flyers

Opening Odds Analysis

These teams opened at identical odds to prevail, and have remained entrenched there at the majority of sportsbooks. The total is set at 5.5, with the OVER and UNDER identical in most spots.

Boston News & Notes

The Bruins might have seen their lead atop the Atlantic – and the overall standings – take a hit with a 5-3 setback to Tampa Bay last time out, but they received a huge favor from the last-place Detroit Red Wings, who stunned the Lightning 5-4 in a shootout the following night. Boston is now anywhere from -850 to -1250 in most spots to win the division title.

But while the Bruins don’t have much left to play for, they’ll still be keen on sharpening things up heading into what they hope will be a lengthy Stanley Cup playoff run. And they have the kind of schedule that will allow them to do just that, with six of their next nine games coming against the bottom six teams in the NHL standings.

Philadelphia News & Notes

It’s impressive enough that the Flyers come into the new week with virtually the same record as the Capitals – but they’ve left little doubt over the length of their winning streak, with eight of their victories coming by multiple goals. And while the Bruins have been the class of the NHL to date, they’ve lost their last three visits to Philadelphia.

But while the Flyers have two impressive winning streaks on the line – they’ve also won four straight meetings with the Bruins – they shouldn’t expect things to be as smooth Tuesday night as they’ve been over the course of their hot stretch. Each of the past four games between the teams has been decided by a goal, with the last three going to extra time.

Betting Pick: Philadelphia Moneyline

This one’s a toss-up in just about every sense – so we’ll roll with the hotter team and the home-ice edge.

Shark Bites
  • Boston is 6-1 SU in its past 7 road games.
  • Philadelphia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games vs Boston.
  • The OVER is 8-4 in Philadelphia’s last 12 games.