In their first of back-to-back road games, the Black and Gold, 7-1 in matinee games this season, travel to Philadelphia to face the Flyers this afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center. The two teams met three weeks ago in Boston where Tuukka Rask led the Bruins to a 3-0 shutout of their Eastern Conference rivals.
Fresh off a tough 6-5 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens, the Bruins find themselves trailing the Habs by one point in the Northeast Division standings with a game in hand. Montreal hosts the eighth place New York Rangers tonight at the Bell Centre.
Speaking of eighth place, the injury-riddled Flyers don’t seem like they’ll be grabbing that eighth spot and will miss out on the postseason for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign, the last time the Black and Gold also missed the playoffs. With many pundits expecting them to make a deep run – after advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals the last three years – Philadelphia is living short of expectations. They are 2-6-2 in their last 10 and trail the Rangers by six points.
After the jump, lineups, storylines, linkage and tweets of interest
Gametime: 1 p.m.
Location: Wells Fargo Center
TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
Records: Bruins (19-9-6, 44 points), Flyers (13-17-3, 29 points)
Bruins’ projected lines
*Subject to change*
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Daniel Paille-Rich Peverley-Jordan Caron
Jay Pandolfo-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Aaron Johnson
Flyers’ projected lines
Matt Read-Claude Giroux-Jakub Voracek
Scott Hartnell-Brayden Schenn-Wayne Simmonds
Max Talbot-Sean Couturier-Zac Rinaldo
Simon Gagne-Ruslan Fedotenko-Mike Knuble
Kimmo Timmonen-Luke Schenn
Oliver Lauridsen-Bruno Gervais
Erik Gustaffson-Kurtis Foster
Bruins to watch
With Claude Julien going back to the same lines as usual, let’s put the spotlight back where it belongs: on the Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin line. It’s no secret that this is the best unit for the Black and Gold, and while Julien’s reasoning of trying to get a spark from his team was perfectly understandable, it’s time to go back to whats worked all season long. All three members of that line had a multiple point night against the Habs and they’ll look to continue their success against a depleted Flyers defense that has three of their blueliners on injured reserved.
Speaking of injuries, Johnny Boychuk, who missed the last three contests with a bruised right foot, is now probable to suit up for the first time since March 21 against the Ottawa Senators.
Flyers to watch
Usually, there are very few bright spots to look at when a team struggles. But one player who’s surpassed expectations for the Orange and Black has been Jakub Voracek.
The former first round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets – acquired in exchange for Jeff Carter (now a member of the Los Angeles Kings) in 2011 – is the team’s leading scorer with 34 points (14 goals, 20 assists) in 33 games and is on pace to surpass his career high in goals (18 in 2011-12). While he hasn’t met expectations, it’s safe to say that Voracek is also benefiting from the presence of NHL 13 cover boy Claude Giroux, who is the team’s second leading scorer with 32 points (10 goals, 22 assists).
The Bruins are eager to turn the page after all the post-Iginla drama (Joe Haggerty/CSNNE)
With Easter a day away, our friends from Days of Y’Orr post a video of Cam Neely trying to teach the Easter Bunny how to shot a puck…or an egg…or whatever you want to call it.
Our friends at SupahFans Streetwear are waiving off their $5 shipping fee whenever Bruins fans use “DailySupahFans” as a coupon code at checkout
Broad Street Hockey suggests a few things for the Flyers in their last 15 games of the season.
Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer has a feature on Oliver Lauridsen, who is making his National Hockey League debut this afternoon.
Tweets of interest
A look at the Wells Fargo Center from @NHLBruins.
Here’s to two points in this building tomorrow…^CS twitter.com/NHLBruins/stat…
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) March 29, 2013
And the news keeps getting worse for the Flyers (via CSN Philly’s Tim Panaccio).
Meszaros needs surgery next week for torn rotator cuff; coburn has shoulder separation. Season ending for both
— Tim Panaccio (@tpanotchCSN) March 29, 2013