The NHL action continues to roll on this week as the Boston Bruins look to maintain their charge towards the Stanley Cup playoffs when they travel to the Philadelphia Flyers. But, can the Bruins extend their lead over the second-placed Tampa Bay Lightning?
When: Tuesday 10th March
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
How To Watch: NHL TV
|Philadelphia Flyers||+163||-1.5 (+275)|
|Boston Bruins||-120||+1.5 (+163|
Bruins Hoping To Get Back To Winning Ways
It has been a disappointing week for the Boston Bruins, as they have failed to take advantage from the sides around them all losing. None of the top three in the Atlantic Division managed to record a win in their last game, with third-placed Toronto having lost their last three. The Bruins were one of those sides to have tasted defeat in their last game. However, they still have an incredible record over their last ten games. The Bruins have won seven of these fixtures, while they have lost just three times. No side in the NHL has a better defensive record than the Bruins, and that could be their pivotal strength in the post-season.
The Bruins last defeat came at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning, as they were beaten 5-3. Boston started slowly in that game and conceded twice in the opening period. They conceded one goal in the second period and then two further goals in the final period. Charlie McAvoy, Sean Kuraly and David Pastrnak scored the goals in the defeat for the Bruins. They will be hoping to bounce back against the Flyers.
Flyers In Excellent Form
No team in the NHL can boast a better winning run at present than the Philadelphia Flyers. They have been in inspired form over their last ten games as they have won nine times and lost just once. That run of form includes nine consecutive wins, and they will be hoping for a tenth as they welcome the Bruins to their home. This is their biggest test over this run of fixtures, but the evidence for the Flyers to get the win is compelling.
The Flyers have beaten the Washington Capitals, New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes over their recent good run. Their last victory came against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday evening as they ran out 3-1 winners. The Flyers did the damage in the second and third periods. They scored once in the second, before adding two further goals in the final period. Claude Giroux scored a brace in that win, while Joel Farabee also found the net. Should they beat the Bruins and make it ten wins on the bounce, then they could be considered a leading chance in the post-season.
This will be a high-quality fixture between two sides that will be in action in the playoffs. At present, they are possibly the two most in-form sides in the entire NHL. It is challenging to see which way this fixture may go, but the preference would be for the home side.
Tip: Philadelphia Flyers