Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers
The Philadelphia Flyers are -135 home favorites in Game 2 over the Boston Bruins. The over/under goal total for the game is set at 5.5.
Once again the Philadelphia Flyers goaltending situation has reared its ugly head in the playoffs. After a season in which it appeared Sergei Bobrovsky had secured the number one job, the Flyers began to slump to end the season. Head coach Peter Laviolette reverted back to Brian Boucher, the man responsible for leading the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals last season. Boucher has been the go to guy as of late for Laviolette and the Flyers, but after Saturday’s 7-3 drubbing at the hands of the Boston Bruins in Game 1, it’s anyone’s guess as to who will start Game 2. In most situations it might come across as a panic move to go away from Boucher in Game 2, but when you’re the Flyers it’s par for the course. Personally, I think Bobrovsky gives the Flyers a better chance to win, but I’m sure Laviolette preferred Boucher’s play down the stretch and his experience in the post season. Whoever starts for Philadelphia on Monday night will need some help from a Flyers defense that allowed too many Bruins players to set up shop directly in front of the net. Boucher did not play well, but when guys are standing on the doorstep to tap home pucks with no repercussions there’s only so much a goalie can do. Mike Richards finally scored his first goal of the playoffs and played a strong game recording eight shots on goal. James van Riemsdyk scored his fifth goal of the playoffs.
The Bruins couldn’t have asked for a better start after their grueling series with the Montreal Canadiens. Not that the Flyers are any sort of easy foe, but one has to think that Boston was thrilled to see anyone besides Montreal at this point. Of course, the Bruins then had to deal with the fact they blew a 3-0 series lead to the Flyers last season. Milan Lucic showed up in a big way, something that was lacking at times last series, and he led the way for Boston on Saturday afternoon. I can’t imagine being a Bruins fan and having to watch Tim Thomas play goal on a nightly basis. Thomas’ unorthodox style makes for some extremely exciting plays, and there were a few of those in Game 1. But Thomas stopped 31 shots and never allowed the Flyers back into the game after Boston took a stranglehold late in the second period. David Krejci had two goals and two assists, Brad Marchand had two goals and an assist, and Patrice Bergeron added three assists for the Bruins who will look to take a dominating 2-0 lead and head back to Boston for Games 3 and 4.
The Flyers are 3-9 in their last 12 home games, and 4-10 in their last 14 as a favorite. Expect a better performance from Philadelphia on Monday night, but the problem with the Flyers will always be the goaltending. Tim Thomas isn’t a guy that makes me feel confident when watching him, but yet he outperforms almost every goalie he opposes. The Bruins are great on the road and are getting value once again. Take the Bruins +115
Boston Bruins +115 Philadelphia Flyers
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