Could tonight’s Philadelphia Flyers versus Boston Bruins matchup be an early preview of the Eastern Conference Final?
The Philadelphia Flyers are the hottest team in the NHL right now as they’ve won nine straight games. Boston is once again a powerhouse in the Eastern Conference and the entire league. They’re atop the standings with 98 points while the Flyers are sixth with 89 points.
The Flyers are coming off a win against the Buffalo Sabres in which they did not have their best effort. It was a sloppy game throughout, but the they were able to score when it mattered most. And with the streak they’re on right now, even an off game hasn’t been able to stop them.
The Bruins are coming off a loss to the Lightning where tempers flared on multiple occasions. There were 94 total minutes of penalties between the two teams. Four players were given fighting majors while there were plenty of roughing calls to go around.
The Flyers have had Boston’s number this season. They’ve won both of the previous matchups and will looking for a season sweep tonight. Both games went to shootouts. The Flyers scored three unanswered goals after being down 5-2 in the second period of the last meeting.
Kevin Hayes, Travis Sanheim, Sean Couturier and Connor Bunnaman scored during regulation. Travis Konecny scored the lone goal in the shootout in the fifth round. Anders Bjork, David Krejci, David Pastrnak, and Charlie Coyle scored for Boston.
With Boston averaging a league-leading 2.42 goals against per game, the Flyers will have a challenge ahead of them. There is a bright spot, though. The Flyers have averaged 4.36 goals per game during this nine-game win streak.
All of the action can be seen nationally as the game will be televised on NBCSN. Local fans can catch the game on NBCSP as well. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m at the Wells Fargo Center.