Back before the Boston Bruins were Stanley Cup Champions, they had plenty of time in the playoffs. One of those times was back in 2010 against the Philadelphia Flyers in a series the Bruins will never hear enough of. Up three games, the B’s then lost the next four giving the series to the Flyers. The man behind the net was Tuukka Rask. Since that series, Rask hasn’t had the chance to face the Flyers.
But you can bet he’s in net for today’s matinee game. So far this season in daytime games the B’s are 3-0-0 and they are looking to continue that streak behind Rask. Right now, the Bruins are 1 point away from first in the Northeast Division and are looking to snatch it back from the Montreal Canadiens.
The Bruins are 15-3-3, while the Flyer are 11-13-1.
Flyers bounce back?
Philadelphia is coming to the TD Garden following two straight losses and are looking for a win. Their last loss on Thursday against Pittsburgh came after having a 3-goal lead. They’ve had two days off since and I’m sure they are bringing all they have to the Garden. It’s unclear if Ilya Bryzgalov will be in net after being pulled Thursday, though he does have a 3-0-2 against the Bruins. With the season being almost halfway over, the Flyers are in danger of not making the playoffs for the second time since 1994.
Where are the other lines in Boston?
If you’ve been watching the past few B’s games then you’ll notice a familiar trend in who’s doing the goal scoring. Most of the time as of lately it’s been the second line of Patrice Bergeron, Tyler Seguin, and Brad Marchand. This line has 14 goals and 37 points in their last nine games. So you begin to wonder where the other lines are? With Chris Bourque clearing waivers and being sent to Providence, and in turn Jordan Caron being recalled hopefully we can soon see some goal scoring coming from the third line. There’s only so long one line can be relied on so heavily, especially with each game being so important.
Aside from Bergy’s line, really no one on the Bruins. Though as a team, the B’s have scored at least three goals in each of the last nine games so we’ll take that as a positive. On Philly’s end, Jakub Voracek has posted nine goals and nine assists in his last nine games. Clearly offense isn’t the problem for the Flyers. Philadelphia’s power play has gone 13 for 39 (33.3 percent) in that stretch, but that unit will face Boston’s league best penalty kill at 91.9 percent.
Puck drops at 1 today and you can check out the game on NESN!