NHL Betting Preview and Free play: Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers – Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021

The Philadelphia Flyers will look to gain a split against the Boston Bruins in this two-game mini-series at TD Garden Saturday. The Flyers have won three of their first five games. The Bruins will be looking for their third win in their first six games.

These two teams will look to battle it out for division supremacy all season long. BetOnline has a moneyline on this game of Boston -145, while Philadelphia checks in at +131. The Bruins are favored by 1.5 goals and the over/under is 5.5.

Philadelphia Flyers Betting Preview: Continue Good Start

The Philadelphia Flyers come into play with a record of 3-1-1, good for seven points and first place in the East Division, a point ahead of the New York Islanders. The Flyers are off to a solid start and will be looking to build on that start throughout the season and make the playoffs. If the Flyers want to make noise in the Eastern Conference though, they will have to figure out a way to knock off teams like the Boston Bruins. The Bruins defeated the Flyers Thursday night 5-4 in a shootout.

The Flyers led the game 3-2 midway through the third period before Boston scored two unanswered goals to take a 4-3 lead before James van Riemsdyk scored the equalizer with 3:32 to play in regulation. The teams skated through overtime before goaltender Carter Hart allowed one to get through off the stick of Jake DeBrusk.

On the season, the Flyers are led offensively by center Kevin Hayes, who has scored two goals and registered five assists for seven points in the first five games. Right winger Travis Konecny leads the Flyers with four goals scored. Between the pipes, Hart has started four games, going 2-1-1 with a 3.67 goals against advantage and a save percentage of .902.

Boston Bruins Betting Preview: Continued Excellence

The Boston Bruins come into play with a record of 2-1-1, good for five points and a tie for fourth place in the East Division. The Bruins have lost two of their last three games, but beat the Flyers in a shootout Thursday night. The Bruins were trailing in the third period when Nick Ritchie and Brandon Carlo both scored to give the Bruins a 4-3 lead.

After Philadelphia scored to tie the game, the game went through overtime and into a shootout. In the shootout, goaltender Tuuka Rask was outstanding, making two saves, including the game winner. The winning goal in the shootout was scored by Jake DeBrusk in the third round of the shootout.

On the season, the Bruins are led by the usual suspects. Centers Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron are the team’s leading point scorers in the early going. Marchand has a goal and three assists, while Bergeron has a goal and two assists. Between the pipes, Rask has started three games, going 2-1 with a goals against average of 2.23. His save percentage is .892.

Betting Lines and Predictions

BetOnline has a moneyline on this game of Boston -145, while Philadelphia currently sits at +131. The theme thus far in these back to back contests is that we have seen a lot of splits. Expect that trend to continue as it is difficult to beat the same team in consecutive games. The Flyers came close Thursday, but just couldn’t get over the hump. Take the Flyers in this one.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Philadelphia +131

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