The Philadelphia Flyers will travel to TD Bank Garden this afternoon to take on the Eastern Conference leading Boston Bruins. The Flyers are 0-1-1 in their previous two meetings with Boston.
On January 25th the Bruins thoroughly embarrassed the Flyers in Philadelphia. By a score of 6-1, the Bruins dismantled the Flyers from start to finish. Last Sunday, the Flyers played the Bruins to a much tighter game, losing 4-3 in a shootout. Vincent Lecavalier had two goals and the Flyers almost sealed the deal in the overtime period before falling in the shootout.
The Flyers have turned a once promising stretch of games into a mild slump. They are 1-3-2 over their last six games after going 5-0-0 against some of the best competition in the NHL. To be fair, the Flyers two OTL were against the Blues and Bruins, the two best teams in the league. Two of the regulation losses, however, have been against the Rangers and Blue Jackets, the two teams that the Flyers are racing in the Metropolitan Division.
After today’s game the schedule slows down remarkably for Philadelphia. They play the Sabres tomorrow, the Panthers on Tuesday, and then they head to Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh before welcoming the Carolina Hurricanes to the Wells Fargo Center for the season finale.
To win today the Flyers will need a complete effort. The Bruins have quality and depth at every position. They can play a grinding game, a skill game, and a pure shut down game. Having seen the way a desperate team plays (re: Columbus on Thursday), the Flyers will need to play with that level of intensity.
The playoff race is only getting tighter. Two points this afternoon would go a long way to ease the minds of Flyers fans.