The Philadelphia Flyers will have one of their most difficult tasks Saturday afternoon when they face the Boston Bruins at the Wells Fargo Center.
Going to the afternoon game, the Flyers are 4-4-2 in their last ten games and have dropped three of their last four. The Bruins are only slightly better in their last ten, going 5-4-1 but have the second best record in the Eastern Conference. Saturday afternoon will be the first time the two teams meet this season. They will clash two more times before the season is over.
Boston has played well in matinee games, going 6-1-1, while the Flyers have accumulated a 2-2-2 record.
Steve Mason will start in net for the Flyers. He is 19-12-5 overall with a 2.57 goals against average and a .915 save percentage. Against the Bruins, Mason is 3-0-1 with a 1.48 GAA and .957 save percentage.
Mason will be opposed by Tuukka Rask, who is 22-12-3 with a 2.11 goals against average and a .929 save percentage.
If the Flyers want to come away with a victory, their team defense will need to turn it around. Durin the last few games, the defensive unit as a whole has suffered from coverage breakdowns and overall frustrating play. The passes will need to be on the tape. There can be no turnovers in their own zone and the forwards must backcheck.
Flyers forwards will have to keep an extra eye out for Bruins’ captain and defenseman Zdeno Chara. The 6-foot-9 d-man can create havoc all over the ice for the opposition. The Flyers will need help from their defensemen to generate some offense. Look for Mark Streit, who has scored at least one point in four of his last seven games.
A win against to the Bruins could do wonders for the Flyers confidence. The Bruins are one of the top teams in the National Hockey League and should the Flyers emerge victorious, it could bump them out of their recent losing ways.