- The Philadelphia Flyers (3-1-0) visit the Boston Bruins (1-1-1) on Thursday night
- Bruins forward David Pastrnak has returned to team activities but will not play
- Here are the odds, roster updates, and the best value pick on the board
These new NHL divisions are awesome.
Thursday night Philadelphia and Boston will battle in a East Division clash on NESN at 7 PM EST on January 21st, 2021. Despite some troubling trends, the Bruins are listed as slight favorites and that’s good news for the betting public.
Philadelphia Flyers vs Boston Bruins Odds
|Philadelphia Flyers||+1.5 (-245)||+112||O 5.5 (+105)|
|Boston Bruins||-1.5 (+200)||-129||U 5.5 (-127)|
Odds taken Jan. 20th at DraftKings
The Flyers have been the busier team to this point and they’ve also been the more successful team. Let’s take a deep dive into both sides and settle on the best value play available.
Flyers Coming Off Shutout Victory
The Flyers opted to rest starter Carter Hart in their last game and they still picked up a shut out win over Buffalo. The victory gives them a 3-1-0 record and possession of the top spot in the East Division. The team will be without Shayne Gosthisbehere (COVID-19 protocol) and Sean Couturier (ribs) against the Bruins, but they should have enough depth to manage.
Travis Konecny continues to be one of hockey’s quietest superstars. He has four goals and two assists in four games with a +5 rating. He led the Flyers with 61 points in 66 games last year despite being the sixth-highest paid player on the team. Expect him to continue his hot start with the additional ice-time created from Couturier’s absence.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) January 15, 2021
Hart will be back between the pipes and is looking for a strong bounce-back performance. He was responsible for the Flyers’ only loss on this season his last time out, allowing four goals in only 28 minutes of play. Outside of that outlier performance, he’s been strong this season and can be trusted to shrug off the one bad outing.
Bruins Struggling Offensively Without Pastrnak
David Pastrnak is back on the ice at practice but is still expected to be out until mid-February. The Bruins offense has looked dreadful without him, ranking dead last with only three goals through three games.
All three have come on special teams, making Boston the only team in the league that has played and is yet to score five-on-five. While it’s tough to lay all the blame on one injury, it’s becoming quite clear that Jake DeBrusk is not a suitable replacement for Pastrnak on the top line.
Bruins and Stars are the only teams without an even strength goal this season which is a problem for Boston since Dallas hasn’t even played yet
— Dimitri Filipovic (@DimFilipovic) January 19, 2021
The Bruins have managed to open the season with a 1-1-1 record despite their poor play up front, which is a testament to how strong they are defensively. Even with Zdeno Chara signing with the Capitals in free agency, Boston has managed to solidify their back end. Jaroslav Halak is projected to start in goal and is 0-0-1 this season with a 1.85 GAA and .935 save percentage.
Trust Philadelphia To Win On The Road
The Flyers have been the more complete team to this point and are a trendy pick to win the Stanley Cup. They have great goaltending with Hart, a strong defense led by Ivan Provorov, and a deep group of forwards that can both score and defend.
Trust them to get the victory on the road here. The fact they are currently underdogs in this spot is a clear signal to place your wager sooner rather than later.
The Pick: Philadelphia Flyers Moneyline (+117)
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