The Bruins return to action later today when they host the Philadelphia Flyers for the first time in 2013. The Bruins currently sit second in the East, one point behind the Montreal Canadiens who will travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Lightning later tonight. After a slow start, the Flyers are finally starting to turn things around as the Flyers find themselves three points out of a playoff spot despite sitting dead last in the Atlantic division.
The Bruins are coming off of a 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night. Anton Khudobin made 25 saves and Tyler Seguin scored twice in the win as the Bruins snapped a two-game losing streak.
The Flyers are coming off a 5-4 loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday. The Penguins erased a 4-1 first period deficit en route to the win. Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov was pulled in the second period after allowing four-straight goals.
The Bruins took three of the four matchups with the Flyers last season
After the jump, lineup, storylines, linkage and tweets of interest
Gametime: 1 p.m.
Location: TD Garden
TV/Radio: NESN & NHL Network/98.5 The Sports Hub
Records: Bruins (15-3-3, 31 points), Flyers (11-13-1 23 points)
Bruins’ projected lineup
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Jay Pandolfo or Jordan Caron-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid
Flyers’ projected lineup
Scott Hartnell-Claude Giroux-Jakub Voracek
Danny Briere-Brayden Schenn-Wayne Simmonds
Simon Gagne- Sean Couturier-Maxime Talbot
Zac Rinaldo-Ruslan Fedotenko-Matt Read
Kimmo Timonen-Luke Schenn
Nicklas Grossman-Brayden Coburn
Erik Gustafsson-Bruno Gervais
Bruins to watch:
After a slow start to the season, Tyler Seguin has caught fire of late. Seguin enters today’s game with 12 points his last 10 games. Five of those 12 points are goals. The Bruins need Seguin to return to the player we all saw last year and it certainly seems that Seguin is on his way back to that very player. Seguin and linemates Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand have been the Bruins best line so far this season, look for that to continue today against the Flyers.
When the Bruins placed forward Chris Bourque on waivers they called up forward Jordan Caron. Caron, a familiar face in Boston, has had an up and down NHL career since being drafted by the Bruins. Caron could be inserted back into the lineup today to take Bourque’s place on the third line. This season in Providence, Caron has 10 goals and five assists in 44 games. This might be the last chance Caron has to prove his worth as he is set to become a free agent after this season
Flyers to watch:
On a team full of offensive talent, Jakub Voracek has been the star for a struggling Flyers team this season. The Czechoslovakian-native leads the Flyers in goals with 12, assists with 17 and points with 29. Voracek is coming off a two-goal game Thursday night against the Penguins and carries a three-game goal streak into this afternoon’s contest. If the Bruins let Voracek get comfortable out there it could be a long day for the Black and Gold.
It’s yet to be confirmed who will start for the Flyers this afternoon, but all signs point to Ilya Bryzgalov in net for Philly. It’s been a difficult season for the often entertaining goalie as Bryzgalov enters today with an 11-10-1 record, 2.79 goals-against average and a .899 save percentage. After allowing just one goal each to the Washington Capitals and Ottawa Senators, Bryzgalov has allowed eight goals in his last two starts and was pulled in Thursday’s loss to the Pens. If Bryzgalov gets the nod today, look for the Bruins to come out aggressive right out of the gate.
Our friends at Day’s of Y’Orr have their gameday preview.
Rask finally gets another shot at Flyers. (Joe McDonald/ESPN Boston)
BroadStreetHockey.com recaps Thursdays wild game in Philladelphia
Pronger still dealing with concussion symptoms. (Rob Parent/The Times Herald)
Tweets of interest:
After last night’s Celtics overtime win, the TD Garden ice is ready for some hockey.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) March 9, 2013
The Flyers got a practice in yesteday before traveling to Boston, here are some highlights.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) March 8, 2013