- The Boston Bruins are -175 home favorites over the Philadelphia Flyers in their NHL game on Monday, April 5th
- Robert Duff split his Tuesday picks, leaving his NHL record at 22-14 (+6.27 units won)
- Boston is 5-4-1 over the past 10 games, while Philadelphia is 3-5-2
When the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers first met on the ice this season in late January, they were fighting for first place in the NHL’s East Division. As they take the ice for a clash on Monday, April 5th, both teams are fighting for their lives.
Boston (19-10-5) hold the fourth and final playoff spot in the East. The Bruins are four points ahead of the Flyers (17-14-5).
Oddsmakers have established the Bruins as -175 favorites to win at home against the Flyers. Looking at the history when it comes to the Flyers vs Bruins odds this season, Boston is 5-0 straight up against Philly this season.
The puck drop Monday at TD Garden is set for 7pm ET. The NHL Network is carrying the broadcast.
Flyers vs Bruins NHL Odds
|Team||Moneyline||Spread at DraftKings||Total|
|Philadelphia Flyers||+148||+1.5 (-180)||O 5.5 (-113)|
|Boston Bruins||-175||-1.5 (+150)||U 5.5 (-108)|
Odds as of April 4th[promoted-sportsbook]
Boston currently counts no less than eight players on the injury list. Some key Bruins are in sick bay.
Defenseman Brandon Carlo, only recently returned from a concussion, suffered an upper-body injury. His status is listed as week-to-week. There’s hope that Kevan Miller (knee) will be back for this game. Fellow defender Jeremy Lauzon recently returned from injury, but was a healthy scratch for Saturday’s 7-5 win over Pittsburgh.
Cassidy: Brandon Carlo's injury is a new injury.
"Upper-body – below the neck."
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) April 3, 2021
The word isn’t good on goalie Tuukka Rask. His ailing back is not responding to treatments. That’s going to leave veteran Jaroslav Halak to carry the load between the pipes.
Forward Sean Kuraly returned Saturday from COVID-19 protocol. Forward Jake DeBrusk remains in COVID-19 protocol but is a possibility to play Monday.
Familiar Foibles In Philly
Flyers goaltending legend Bernie Parent celebrated his 76th birthday on Saturday. Doesn’t it seem as if Philly’s been searching for an answer in goal since Parent’s career ended in 1979?
Carter Hart was viewed as the solution to Philadelphia’s decades-long goaltending woes. Lately though, he’s beginning to suffer a familiar fate to many of his predecessors.
Carter Hart on what led to a strong outing following a reset this week: “I just came to practice every day. Not pouting. Having fun, working hard and competing. Just showing up every day with my hard hat and lunch pail." #PHIvsNYI
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) April 4, 2021
He’s 8-9-4 with a 3.92 goals-against average and .871 save percentage this season. Over his past 11 starts, Hart is 2-6-1 and has been hooked from the game four times.
Given a two-game sitdown by Flyers coach Alain Vigneault, Hart responded. He turned in a solid 24-save effort in a 3-2 shootout loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday.
It’s Now Or Never
If the Flyers want to make the playoffs, their time to step up is now. Three of the next four games for Philly are against the Bruins. They need to win at least two of these games, or the gap between them and Boston could become too vast to overcome.
The Flyers will need to end a two-game losing streak at TD Garden in order to begin this stretch on the right note on Monday. Philadelphia is just 4-10-2 over its past 16 visits to Boston. Philly’s last away win against the Bruins was in 2019.
Boston was struggling to put the puck in the net. The Bruins have slumped to 18th in the NHL in goals (2.47 goals per game) and 11th on power play (23.1%). However, they found the back of the net plenty of times in Saturday’s victory over the Penguins.
Bruins forward Brad Marchand has scored five goals over the past three games. Overall, Boston is 12-1-5 through its past 18 games against Philadelphia.
Only the Ottawa Senators (3.71) are allowing more goals per game than the Flyers (3.58). Philly is also 28th in the NHL in five-on-five goals for/against ratio (0.77).
Pick: Boston Bruins (-175), 1 unit
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