Usually Wealth of Goals in Flyers-Bruins Games, Will Be Again Thursday

Jimmy Murphy

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 4:56 PM UTC

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018 4:56 PM UTC

Combined the Bruins and Flyers have scored 62 goals and allowed 61. In their three meetings last season — in which the Bruins went 2-0-0-1 — the two teams combined for 15 goals, with the Bruins out-scoring the Flyers 9-6. That’s why the Over is the play in this inter-division tilt at TD Garden Thursday night.

Murphy's Record: 16-12-2

Philadelphia (4-5-0, 4-5 ATS) at Boston (5-2-2, 5-4 ATS)Thursday 7 PM ETFree NHL Pick: OverBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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As mentioned above, when the Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins get together, the red lights to shine often and with the Bruins’ top line of Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Pastrnak off to a record start, combining for 19 goals and 44 points, that should continue when the Broad Street Bullies, who have some firepower of their own, invade TD Garden. The Flyers are 7-2-0 on the over/under and an impressive 4-0-0 on the road. Meanwhile, the Bruins are 4-5 and 2-1 at home. Factor in a depleted defense for Boston and this could very well turn into a shootout, literally and figuratively.

To understand just how hot the Bruins’ top line is right now, check these stats out, compliments of the NHL Public Relations Department on Wednesday morning:

“The high-scoring trio of David Pastrnak (2-2—4), Patrice Bergeron (1-2—3) and Brad Marchand (0-1—1) each reached the score sheet again to power the Bruins to a 5-2-2 record. Through nine games, Pastrnak (10-5—15) now shares the League lead in goals with Auston Matthews (10-6—16), while Bergeron is tied for the most points in the NHL with Matthews and Mikko Rantanen (4-12—16).”

“Bergeron and Pastrnak became the 15th and 16th different players in franchise history to record 15 or more points through the team’s first nine games of a season. Teammate David Krejci (2015-16: 7-8—15 in 9 GP) — who tallied 1-1—2 Tuesday — is the only other Bruins player to do so in the past 17 seasons.”

“Overall, there were 21 prior instances of a Bruins player posting 15+ points through nine team games before Bergeron and Pastrnak, including four by Esposito and three by Bobby Orr. This is the seventh time that a set of Bruins teammates have combined for the feat in the same season (last: Adam Oates, Dmitri Kvartalnov and Joe Juneau in 1992-93).”

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David Pastrnak became the sixth different player in @NHLBruins franchise history to score at least 10 goals in the team’s first 9 games of a season. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/63Tqew3suT

— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) October 24, 2018
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The Flyers offense hasn’t been too shabby either and like the Bruins, their star players are stepping up. Forward Jakub Voracek leads the team in points with 12 and assists with 9 helpers. Forward Wayne Simmonds has the most goals with 6 and captain Claude Giroux has 3 goals and 8 assists. Defenseman Robert Hagg leads the defensive corps with 2 goals and 3 assists.

Boston is 5-4 against the spread and 3-0 at home. They’re also 5-4 on the puck line and 3-0 at home. Philadelphia is 4-5 against the spread and 2-2 on the road. They’re 3-6 on the puck line and 2-2 on the road.

After coming into the season at +2600 to win the Stanley Cup, the highly skilled Flyers currently offer some solid value at +3300. Meanwhile, the Bruins came in at +1100 and enter this game at +1000.

Goaltending Match-Up

For the Flyers, Brian Elliott is 2-4-0 with a 3.59 GAA and .882 save percentage. Backup Calvin Pickard is 2-1-0 with a 4.75 GAA and .833 save percentage.

For the Bruins, Tuukka Rask got back in the win column Tuesday night in Ottawa, making 38 saves in a 4-1 Boston win.

Jaro Halak has been superb for his new team thus far, going 2-0-0-2 with a 1.74 GAA and .933 save percentage.

M*A*S*H Report
  • Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced Tuesday that forward Michael Raffl (lower-body injury) is out 4-6 weeks.
  • Forward James van Riemsdyk is day-to-day with a lower body injury.
  • Defenseman Samuel Morin (knee) is on the injured reserve and is out indefinitely.
  • Goalie Michal Neuvirth (lower body injury) was assigned to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Wednesday for a conditioning assignment.
  • For the Bruins, as mentioned above, their defense has been decimated by injuries thus far. Torey Krug started the season on injured reserve with an ankle injury but is skating and nearing a return. Kevan Miller is day to day with a hand injury; Charlie McAvoy is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury and rookie Urho Vaakanainen was concussed Tuesday in Ottawa and is day-to-day.
  • Up front, David Backes is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.

Prediction: Flyers 4 Bruins 3 (SO)

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