NHL Games of the Week Feature Bruins vs Flyers and Capitals vs Penguins

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

By Kyle Markus
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The Boston Bruins are in a close race for the top seed in the Eastern Conference, and every point is crucial down the stretch as they look to overtake the Tampa Bay Lightning. Boston has an intriguing contest this weekend against the Philadelphia Flyers in one of the NHL Games of the Week. The Flyers are looking to secure a playoff spot in the East so this game is huge for both sides.

In another key game on Sunday, the Washington Capitals will hit the road to face off against the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins. If the Capitals drop one place in the standings they could be looking at a first-round matchup against these Penguins and that is a less-than-ideal scenario even though they would be the higher seed. A win would be important for Washington.

Let’s take a look at these two nationally televised games in NHL odds.

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Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Date and Time: Sunday, April 1, 2018, 12:30 p.m. ET

Location: Well Fargo Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers TV Coverage: NBC

The Bruins have a record of 47-17-11 with 105 points on the season. They have already clinched a playoff spot but have designs of much more than that this season. Boston is one of the best defensive teams in the NHL and the Flyers will have their hands full trying to find the net in this one

Philadelphia is 38-25-14 on the year with 90 points. The Flyers are in the seventh spot in the East but are not shoo-ins to make the playoffs so they need to play well down the stretch to guarantee a berth in the postseason.

Key Stat

1. That’s the number of points the Bruins trail behind the Lightning in the Eastern Conference standings for the top seed. Boston has played one fewer game so it is right there in the chase for the top seed and home ice. Boston has a great goal-differential and solid records at home and away, so it certainly has the look of a Stanley Cup contender.

Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers Free Picks

The Bruins are the much better team. Even on the road, they are the choice to claim victory.

Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers ATS Pick: Boston on the moneyline

Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers Score Prediction: Bruins 3, Flyers 2

Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins

Date and Time: Sunday, April 1, 2018, 7:30 p.m. ET

Location: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins TV Coverage: NBCSN

The Capitals are 45-24-7 on the season and have accumulated 97 points. They have gone 8-2 in their past 10 games and have won four in a row, so will come into this one feeling confident.

The Penguins are 43-28-6 with 92 points on the year. They haven’t done as well as hoped but still have a talented team that is capable of turning it on at a moment’s notice. There are several teams close on their heels in the Eastern Conference playoff race, so the Penguins could really use this win.

Key Stat

28. That’s the number of wins the Penguins have registered at home this year, compared to only 15 on the road. Pittsburgh has a big opportunity here to pick up a win and gain ground on a team ahead of it in the playoff race.

Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins Wild Free Picks

The Penguins are nearly as good as the Capitals and the home ice will put them over the top.

Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins ATS Pick: Penguins to cover

Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins Score Prediction: Penguins 4, Capitals 2

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