NHL Preview: Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins
The Philadelphia Flyers will try to comeback from a loss in their Saturday matinee game against the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden. The Flyers have overcome the Bruins in the past, to defy all sports odds, but they can’t keep banking on being able to do that every time they play the team.
The Flyers will be looking for a win, but it is going to be a huge struggle for them, and they’re really going to need to look to Kimmo Timonen and Luke Schenn to be blocking every shot from the Big Bad Bruins.
The Bruins have played a few games less than the Flyers, but they still have a significantly better record (15-3-3, in 21 games) while the Flyers try to hang on with their mediocre record (11-13-1, in 25 games).
The Bruins have a 10-point lead on the Flyers, and they are the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference for a reason. Mostly, this is due to the phenomenal play from goalie Tuukka Rask, who took the reins from now-traded Tim Thomas with grace.
They also have a solid rookie in Dougie Hamilton who has done great things for the team, but the player to really watch for in Saturday’s game will be Brad Marchand. He is the team leader in goals (12) and has seven points in the last four games.
But don’t count the Flyers out just yet. They actually play better in Boston, for some reason, and have only lost one game in regulation in the past five seasons while playing in Boston. They have won two out of three of their last road games.
The Flyers also have Jakub Voracek to try to back them up in this game. Voracek has been very good this season — he’s tied for fifth in the league with his 29 points. He’s the point leader for the Flyers, and leads with his 12 goals. He’s also tied with team captain Claude Giroux for the most assists (17), and he’s scored a point in his last nine out of ten games.
It will definitely be interesting to see Voracek and Marchand go head to head. Prepare for a battle, Flyers fans.
Let’s go Flyers! Deanna Vasso is a Flyers writer for rantsports.com. You can follow her on Twitter @Dmvasso.