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    Game Day Preview: Bruins vs. Flyers

    Tim Rosenthal March 11, 2017
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    One team is looking to stay among the teams in the playoff conversation while another hopes to distance themselves from the rest of the pack.

    With six points separating the Bruins and Flyers in the third and final meeting between the two teams this regular season, Saturday’s matinee promises to be an entertaining contest at TD Garden.

    In their final game before heading out to Western Canada this week, the Bruins hope to earn another needed two points and create a little distance between the Maple Leafs and Islanders. The Leafs and Isles both hit the road this evening with respective matchups in Carolina and St. Louis.

    Fresh off a nice bounce-back game against the Red Wings – two nights after a difficult loss in Ottawa – the Bruins hope to continue their offensive outburst from Wednesday’s 6-1 victory. The Flyers enter Saturday’s contest tied for 23rd in both goals allowed with 193 and average goals allowed per game at 2.92.

    Since Bruce Cassidy took over, the Bruins have only lost once at TD Garden. We’ll see if their home success continues before a pivotal four-game Canadian road trip that also includes their last matchup with the Leafs a week from Monday.

    Gametime: 1:00 pm
    TV/Radio: NESN/98.5 The Sports Hub
    Records: Bruins 35-26-6 (76 points), Flyers 31-27-8 (70 points)
    Location: TD Garden

    Bruins projected lines

    Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Backes
    Drew Stafford-David Krejci-David Pastrnak
    Frank Vatrano-Austin Czarnik-Jimmy Hayes
    Matt Beleskey-Dominic Moore-Riley Nash

    Zdeno Chara-Brandon Carlo
    Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
    Colin Miller-Kevan Miller

    Tuukka Rask
    Anton Khudobin

    Flyers projected lines

    Jordan Weal-Claude Giroux-Wayne Simmonds
    Brayden Schenn-Valtteri Filppula-Jakub Voracek
    Nick Cousins-Sean Couturier-Matt Read
    Chris VandeVelde-Pierre-Edouard Bellemare-Travis Konecky

    Ivan Porvorov-Andrew McDonald
    Brandon Manning-Shayne Gostisbehere
    Michael Del Zotto-Radko Gudas

    Steve Mason
    Michal Neuvirth

    Today’s storylines

    – Under Cassidy, the Bruins had escaped the injury bug for nearly the first month of the season. They haven’t had the same luck over the last two games, however, as Ryan Spooner (concussion) and Tim Schaller (lower body) both left during contests against the Sens and Red Wings. The two forwards are out this afternoon in this pivotal contest. Matt Beleskey will take Schaller’s place in the lineup, while Jimmy Hayes will likely stay on third line duty with Austin Czarnik and Frank Vatrano.

    – Since Cassidy took over, the Bruins have scored the first goal in all but three contests. The Flyers are no strangers in giving up the first goal having done so 40 times. But even in allowing the first goal, the Flyers have been a resilient bunch having won 16 times when giving up goal No. 1 – good for third most in the league. The Bruins have done a good job gaining momentum after scoring first and will need to do the same today in another pivotal contest.

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