Game #75: Boston Bruins (51-17-6) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (39-27-7)
Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Time: 12:30 p.m.
TV/Radio: NBC/98.5 The Sports Hub
The Boston Bruins will be in the city of brotherly for a Sunday matinee tilt with the Philadelphia Flyers. This contest marks the first of two scheduled games between the two sides in the week ahead. Boston crushed the Flyers back on January 25, 6-1.
Jarome Iginla scored two goals and tallied two assists in Boston’s victory over the Flyers earlier this season. Iginla scored a pair of goals against the Washington Capitals on Saturday afternoon.
With the Atlantic Division title in hand, Boston is still seeking points, as they have hopes of capturing the Eastern Conference crown. They lead the Pittsburgh Penguins by nine points. The Bruins have secured at least one point in 15 straight games.
Philadelphia is scrapping for points, as they jostle for playoff positioning. They have their sights set on securing home-ice in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They’ll be fighting tooth-and-nail to keep pace in the tight Metropolitan Division. The Flyers are currently chasing the New York Rangers in the standings, trailing them by just a single point.
The Bruins have won 14 of 17 games since resuming play following the Sochi Olympic break. The Flyers have earned points in seven of their last 1o games, winning six of them.
Having not seen one another in two months and both teams considerably different in nature at this point in the season, it’s safe to disregard the previous meeting between these teams.
Flyers captain Claude Giroux has been unstoppable of late. The pivot-man has 21 points in the month of March. He’s potted 5 goals to accompany 13 assists in those games. He leads the Flyers with 73 points and has been a key figure in turning his team’s season around for the better.
Tuukka Rask is expected in net. Backup goaltender Chad Johnson started on Saturday, earning his sixth straight win. Rask recorded his seventh shutout of the year on Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks.