Game #78: Philadelphia Flyers (39-28-9) vs. Boston Bruins (52-18-7)
Location: TD Garden, Boston
Time 1:00 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
The Boston Bruins will host the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday in a matinee tilt at TD Garden. This game will mark the third and final meeting of the season series. Boston crushed the Flyers 6-1 back in January and then just recently squeaked past them in a shootout last weekend. The Bruins will be looking for the clean sweep of Philadelphia when they take to the ice.
Boston has gone winless in two straight games. They were beaten by the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday and Thursday. The last time they had dropped back-to-back games was over a month ago.
Philadelphia has been scuffling of late as well. They’ve been unable to muster up a goal since losing to the Bruins on Sunday. The Flyers were shutout by both the Columbus Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues this week.
With just eight days remaining in the regular season, the main priority for both teams will be rediscovering momentum with a win. Boston is still hoping to win the President’s Trophy while Philadelphia is teetering on the edge of slipping into a wild-card spot in the standings.
The Bruins are tied with the Blues for first in the NHL with 111 points. The Flyers hold a narrow two point lead over the Blue Jackets in the Metropolitan Division standings.
For Boston, Zdeno Chara and Jarome Iginla will look to continue their success that they’ve had opposite the Flyers this season. Boston’s Captain has three goals in two games against Philadelphia. Iginla his added five points in those games.
Tuukka Rask will likely be in net for the Bruins. He’ll be looking to avenge an overtime defeat suffered against Toronto in his last start. Steve Mason will likely get the nod in net for the Flyers. Mason is 5-2-1 in has last eight starts.