Fade Bruins vs. Flyers for NHL Picks

David Lawrence

Sunday, March 30, 2014 11:57 AM GMT

Sunday, Mar. 30, 2014 11:57 AM GMT

The Flyers horrendous 4-10-1 start to the season has long been forgotten as they are now 17/2 on the NHL odds to win the East. The Bruins have had the Flyers number in the last few years, winning 11 of the last 14 meetings (including the playoffs).

The Boston Bruins Can Win Because…
They’re on fire right now. They’ve won 14 of their last 15 games and are clicking on all cylinders. We’re talking about a team that leads the NHL in both goals scored (3.47) and goals allowed (1.47) this month. Do you really want to go against a team like this with your NHL picks?

The Bruins defense has been airtight over the last little while as they’ve given up just 12 goals in their last 10 games. That’s about as good as it gets in this league. Meanwhile, they’re offense has registered three goals or more in 11 of their last 14 wins. 

Philadelphia is a streaky team and you can see that while they’re playing well, they still have hiccups. Case and point: they come into this game having lost two of three, falling to the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings (at home). While those aren’t bad losses, it merely shows that they aren’t on the same level as Boston right now. Take the Bruins with your sports picks.

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The Philadelphia Flyers Can Win Because…
The Bruins have mostly been beating up on cupcakes. Sure, a 12-game winning streak and wins in 14 of 15 is impressive, but the competition has to be factored. A number of those wins were compiled against teams that won’t be going to the playoffs this year. 

The Flyers have been a very good home team of late as they’ve won five of their last six in front of their own audience. They’ve taken care of teams like the St. Louis Blues, Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks in that span, so stumping the Bruins is doable.

The key for the Flyers will be the performance of goaltender Steve Mason. He’s been excellent since the start of February, going 11-3-1 while posting a .923 save percentage. He’s allowing just 2.27 goals per game in that span. Boston’s edge in this series has always been goaltender. If he can continue to play as he has recently, the Flyers will have a good chance to cash. 

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Outlook & Pick
The Flyers look like they’re worth a shot here as a home dog as scheduling could affect the Bruins. They played Thursday versus Chicago, then Saturday in Washington and now have to play in Philadelphia on Sunday. With the Flyers being a tad more rested, I’ll take a shot with them as a home dog. The margin should be slim between the teams, so that could very well be the difference.

Pick: Flyers +110 at Pinnacle

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