Hockey betting odds excitement is always high for the Boston Bruins as they are one of the most popular and respected teams on the NHL gambling board and are loaded with potential.
The Boston Bruins will host the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night in game 4 of their best of seven Eastern Conference semifinal series with a starting time of 8 PM ET and a telecast on Versus. Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this matchup so be sure to have your account open and ready for action today!
Boston lost in the playoffs to Philadelphia last year in an epic stunner as the Bruins became the first team since 1975 to blow a 3-0 series lead. The Bruins have yet to live that down and only a win over Philadelphia in this series will cast away those demons.
Philadelphia was a powerful offensive team during the regular season and ranked 3rd in the NHL for goal scoring. The big concern for the Flyers heading into the regular season was their defense that ranked 11th for goals against. Goaltending has been the big problem in the NHL playoffs for Philadelphia as they have had to use 3 netminders so far.
Brian Bucher has been the main goalkeeper and the man that the Flyers go to at the end of the day when they need a win but his goals against average of just under 2.80 is high by playoff standards while backups Michael Leighton and Sergei Bobrovsky were both over 3.40 goals against per playoff game.
The inconsistent goaltending has served to put more pressure on the Flyers offense.
Boston has not had such goaltending issues in the playoffs as Tim Thomas had a 2.34 goals against average and came up clutch as a key NHL betting asset in the dramatic opening series win over Montreal. Patrice Bergeron was leading Boston with 8 assists in a Rajon Rondo imitation on ice.
Heading into this playoff series the Flyers had won 3 of their last 4 games at Boston with just 2 of the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Beantown going under the hockey betting odds total.