Philadelphia Flyers vs. Boston Bruins odds, picks and best bets
The Boston Bruins will serve as the hosts against the Philadelphia Flyers in this battle of the Eastern Conference's No. 1 and 4 seeds, respectively, in the beginning of Eastern Conference round-robin play at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON. The puck will drop at 3 p.m. ET. We analyze the Flyers-Bruins NHL betting odds and lines, with picks and best bets.
Flyers vs. Bruins: Projected starting goalies
Carter Hart vs. Jaroslav Halak
Hart followed up his stellar rookie season by going 24-13-3 with a .914 save percentage and 2.42 goals against average across 40 starts and three relief appearances. The 21-year-old will make his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut against the highly-experienced Bruins and Rask.
Halak was surprisingly named the starter over Tuukka Rask Sunday morning. He went 18-6-6 in the regular season with a .919 SV% and 2.39 GAA but will make his first postseason start since 2014-15 with the New York Islanders.
Flyers vs. Bruins: Odds, picks and betting tips
Bruins 3, Flyers 1
The BRUINS ( -134) blanked the Flyers (+115) 2-0 in what ended up being the final game of the regular season for both teams. The Flyers had previously picked up two shootout victories by scores of 3-2 and 6-5 in the season series.
Boston has a decided edge in postseason experience and its plus-53 goal differential was tops in the NHL. Back the BRUINS (-134) in this round-robin opener as they look to retain their No. 1 seed for Round 1 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs.
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The Flyers had a strong offense with an elite top-six forward group this season, but they run thin quickly against the more balanced B's.
Take the BRUINS -1 (+135) and expect a push as a worst-case scenario.
Even with Hart's inexperience, this should be a goaltenders' battle, and both teams allowed fewer than 200 goals in the regular season. Take the UNDER 5.5 (-125) in a tight affair.
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