In their final game before the All-Star break, the Philadelphia Flyers face the Boston Bruins in a Saturday matinee.
This is the first of three meetings between the Flyers and Bruins, though they did meet in the preseason. They will meet twice in the span of a week on Mar. 16 and 23. Boston swept the three game season series last year, outscoring Philadelphia 15-4. David Krejci had two goals in a 4-1 win on Nov. 17. Jeremy Swayman stopped all 29 shots he faced while Pavel Zacha scored twice in a 6-0 blowout on Jan. 16. The Bruins would get the sweep thanks to a David Pastrnak hat trick in a 5-3 win on Apr. 9. That win gave them a record 63 wins in a season.
The Flyers are in desperate need of a break as they have lost their last four games. They are coming off a 4-0 shutout loss to the Detroit Red Wings. A victory going into the break would help settle things down. Thankfully for Philadelphia, they are still third in the decision as most other teams have struggled recently as well. They have a five-point gap between them and the fourth place Devils.
Matinee games have not been kind to the Flyers this season. The losing streak began when Philadelphia lost to Colorado in a 12:30 matchup, followed by the Senators. This season, they have gone 2-5-0 in games scheduled 1:00 pm or earlier. It’s a small sample size in the context of an 82-game season, but it’s a trend the Flyers will not want to continue.
In positive news, the team inked Owen Tippett to an eight-year extension on their off day on Friday. They also have an agreement in place with Ryan Poehling on a potential two-year deal. For Tippett, it’s been clear since his arrival that he can be a part of the Flyers’ future moving forward. He is on pace for a career-high 30 goals, though he’s missed the last few games with a lower body injury. As for Poehling, he cashed in on the bet he made on himself last offseason. He’s added some speed and skill to the fourth line.
Flyers Projected Lineup
Noah Cates - Sean Couturier - Travis Konecny
Joel Farabee - Morgan Frost - Cam Atkinson
Tyson Foerster - Olle Lycksell - Ryan Poehling
Scott Laughton - Garnet Hathaway
Travis Sanheim - Jamie Drysdale
Nick Seeler - Sean Walker
Cam York - Rasmus Ristolainen
The Bruins continue to be a powerhouse in the Atlantic Division, sitting at 30-9-9. They have won six of their last seven games, only dropping a close 3-2 decision to the Hurricanes on Wednesday.
It should be no surprise the Bruins are led by Pastrnak in every offensive category. He is over halfway to his goal total from a season ago with 31 in 48 games. With his skill, it’s not out of the realm of possibilities that he hits the 60-goal mark again. His 69 points are over 20 points more than the next player behind him. That would be Brad Marchand with 24 goals and 47 points. He is four goals away from 400 in his career.
With Jeremy Swayman having played on Thursday, it could end up being Linus Ullmark in net. The two have alternated starts lately. Ullmark is 14-6-2 this season and has a 2.82 GAA and a .913 SV%.
Bruins Projected Lineup
Brad Marchand - Charlie Coyle - David Pastrnak
James van Riemsdyk - Pavel Zacha - Jake DeBrusk
Jesper Boqvist - Morgan Geekie - Trent Frederic
Danton Heinen - Matthew Poitras - Oskar Steen
Matt Grzelcyk - Charlie McAvoy
Hampus Lindholm - Brandon Carlo
Derek Forbort - Parker Wotherspoon
When, Where, and How to Watch/Listen
Time: 12:30 PM
Where: Wells Fargo Center
Watch: NHL Network, NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic
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