Bruins vs Flyers NHL Odds, Picks and Predictions April 10

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Updated: April 9, 2021

The Boston Bruins have rallied around third-string goalie Jeremy Swayman, who will look to go 3-0 to start his NHL career.

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The Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins will meet for the second time in five days as the slumping Flyers look to make a late push for the 2021 playoffs.

The Bruins have picked up five of a possible six points over their last three games and have done so without the help of their top two goalies. Rookie goalie Jeremy Swayman is projected to start and is 2-0 SU with a 2.01 GAA over his first two NHL starts.

Oddsmakers have the Bruins as a -132 road favorite with the total opening at 5.5.

Here are our free picks and predictions for Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers for Saturday, April 10 (2:00 p.m. ET).

Bruins vs Flyers odds

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The line opened at Bruins -1.5, with the total at 5.5. Check back later for a full report from Patrick!

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Injuries

Bruins: Tuukka Rask G (Out), Jaroslav Halak G (Out), Charlie McAvoy D (Questionable), Brandon Carlo D (Out).
Flyers: Isaac Ratcliffe F (Out).
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Betting trend to know

The Flyers are 1-6 SU in their last seven home games. Find more NHL betting trends for Bruins vs. Flyers.

Moneyline pick

Heading into Saturday’s match, the Flyers trail the Bruins for the fourth and final playoff spot in the East Division by six points with under 20 games remaining on the shortened schedule. Philadelphia has not done itself any favors of late, having won in regulation just once its last 11 games. Money Puck gives the Flyers a 15.2 percent chance of making the postseason.

The Flyers have been plagued by inconsistent goaltending all year and despite scoring nearly three goals per match, they are giving up the second-most goals per contest at 3.51 — one spot better than the Senators. 

The goaltending tandem of Carter Hart and Brian Elliott has been statistically awful this season as both netminders find themselves in the bottom of the league in goals saved above average/60, save percentage on unblocked shots, WAR and high-danger save percentage. 

The Boston offense has woken up and has supported its starting rookie goalies with 17 goals in its last four games, which is bad news for Elliott (Saturday’s projected starter) and his 2.92 goals against average and .897 save percentage.

The Bruins have been busy of late, as Saturday will be the team’s sixth game this month, but Bruce Cassidy’s club is riding some momentum that comes with earning points with its third- and fourth-string goalies.

With Tuukka Rask having played just three games since Feb. 28 and Jaroslav Halak hitting the COVID list, the Bruins have thrown young goaltenders Dan Vladar and Jeremy Swayman into the cooker and both rookies have been up for the challenge. Combined, Swayman and Vladar are 4-2 SU and have stopped 178 of 192 shots.

Swayman is the projected starter for Saturday as the 22-year old picked up the win versus the Flyers on Tuesday, then stopped 31 of 33 shots against the Capitals on Thursday. Swayman was dominating the AHL before getting the call up to the big team and the Bruins have played great in front of him over his first two starts.

With a team rallying behind a pair of young goalies and looking to win three in a row for the first time since mid-February, we like the away side on Saturday afternoon — a time slot that Boston is very comfortable playing at. 

Bruins fans will look back at the beginning of April as a turning point in the season for a club that looked like they could miss the playoffs two weeks ago.

PREDICTION: Boston ML (-132)

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Over/Under pick

Saturday will be the sixth meeting between the two clubs this season and the Over has hit in all but one of the matches. Tuesday’s 4-2 game needed an empty netter to cash the Over, but with 6.65 expected goals, it could have been an easy winner with a bounce or two.

Philadelphia has been the most profitable Over team in the NHL this season and it hasn’t even been close. At 26-13 to the Over, the Flyers offer Over backers an elite scoring offense that rolls four lines deep and doesn’t need power-plays to rack up goals. They also have some of the worst goaltending in the league and love to play big-swing hockey, meaning two-goal leads can evaporate in an instance while the offense has been known to play catch-up. These trends are great for the Over.

Boston’s power-play has been league average over the last two weeks but is still a Top-10 unit on the season. The top line of the Bruins has been amazing all year and has been involved in 15 of the team’s last 17 goals. In most cases, that reliance on three players wouldn’t be a good thing, but the BPM line is the best in hockey and can’t be game planned against.

Taking an Under with the Flyers is not advised regardless of their opponent. Defensively they can’t be trusted and facing the most lethal line in hockey, we’re expecting goals Saturday afternoon.

PREDICTION: Over 5.5 (-125)

Bruins vs Flyers betting card

  • Boston ML (-132)
  • Over 5.5 (-125)

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