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    Game Day Preview: Bruins at Flyers

    Tim Rosenthal January 25, 2016

    For the first time since the 1999-2000 season, the Philadelphia Flyers have a chance to sweep the season series from the Boston Bruins. The two teams meet for the third and final time this regular season in a snowy “City of Brotherly Love” tonight.

    In both games, the Black and Gold relinquished a third period lead in defeat. Back in October, the Flyers came back from two goals down to defeat the B’s in overtime and just 12 days ago they earned a regulation win by taking advantage of Boston’s defensive breakdowns and scored twice in a span of 1:22 in the final stanza.

    Since that last loss to Philly, the Bruins are 4-1-0 in their last five. They are coming off an ugly shootout win against the league-worst Blue Jackets. With the Flyers hoping to jump into the wild card discussion and the Bruins hoping to stay within the top eight, another two points are at a premium at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday night.

    Gametime: 7:00 p.m.
    TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
    Records: Bruins 25-17-5 (55 points), Flyers 20-17-8 (48 points)
    Location: Wells Fargo Center

    Bruins projected lines

    Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Brett Connolly
    Loui Eriksson-David Krejci-Ryan Spooner
    Matt Beleskey-Joonas Kemppainen-David Pastrnak
    Zac Rinaldo-Max Talbot-Jimmy Hayes

    Zdeno Chara-Zach Trotman
    Joe Morrow-Dennis Seidenberg
    Torey Krug-Kevan Miller

    Tuukka Rask
    Jonas Gustavsson

    Flyers projected lines

    Jakub Voracek-Claude Giroux-Wayne Simmonds
    Michael Raffl-Sam Gagner-Brayden Schenn
    Matt Read-Scott Laughton-R.J. Umberger
    Chris VandeVelde-Pierre-Edouard Bellemare-Ryan White

    Michael Del Zotto-Radko Gudas
    Nick Schultz-Mark Streit
    Shayne Gostisbehere-Yevgeni Medvedev

    Steve Mason
    Michal Neuvirth

    Matchup to watch: Chara/Trotman vs. Claude Giroux line

    Bruins at Flyers

    Zdeno Chara and partner Zach Trotman look to tighten up their game after a shaky performance in their last meeting with the Flyers. (Photo by Joe Makarski, Bruins Daily)

    Against the Flyers’ top line, the Bruins top pair of Zdeno Chara and Zach Trotman had one of their worst night’s of the season. Boston’s captain and his young defensive partner suffered communication issues that led to Wayne Simmonds cashing in on a 2-on-1 to tie the game at 2-2. Earlier in the night, the duo was caught standing around — along with two other Bruins — watching Jakub Voracek, the only guy in the vicinity in front of Tuukka Rask — bank home a rebound for his first period goal.

    Certainly Chara, who was also on the ice for Mark Streit’s game-winner, and Trotman don’t need a reminder of their assignment tonight. With the Flyers’ forward depth lacking, the duo have a pivotal job to keep Voracek, Giroux and Simmonds off the scoresheet again. Otherwise, it will be another long night.

    Storyline to watch: Can the Bruins grab and hold onto a lead vs. Flyers?

    Bruins at Flyers

    The Bruins hope to grab and hold onto a lead against the Flyers tonight. (Photo by Joe Makarski, Bruins Daily)

    Two meetings where the Bruins had a lead against the Flyers and both resulted in losses. This isn’t the only opponent that the B’s have had trouble holding onto a third period lead. They nearly relinquished their 2-0 second period advantage against the lowly Blue Jackets but salvaged two points in a shootout.

    With the Bruins entering their final two games before the All-Star break, they are hoping to be in a good position when action resumes following this weekend’s festivities in Nashville. Scoring first, extending their lead and getting a full 60-minute effort in Philly is an ideal way to help that cause.

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    Tim Rosenthal

    Tim Rosenthal serves as the Managing Editor of Bruins Daily. He started contributing videos to the site in 2010 before fully coming on board during the Bruins' Stanley Cup run in 2011. His bylines over the last decade have been featured on Boston.com, FoxSports.com, College Hockey News, Patch and Inside Hockey. You can follow Tim on Twitter @_TimRosenthal.


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