Last time the Boston Bruins faced the Philadelphia Flyers, it really only took about three minutes to finish them off–a flurry of three goals scored in the second half of the first period was all it took, followed by two periods of holding tightly to the lead, to win 3-0.
The Flyers were struggling then at the start of March and are still struggling today. In danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in more than half a decade and sitting at 14th in the Eastern Conference right now, a Bruins win in this matinee game could do a world of good for the team. They’ve been struggling a little bit too this past week, after all.
But the numbers are on their side for this matchup: the Bruins are on a four-game win streak against Philadelphia and are 9-0-1 on their last 10 trips to the Wells Fargo Center. Now that Tuukka Rask no longer has the specter of the 2010 playoffs hanging over him, too, that might increase his confidence if he is called to start in net.
When last these two teams met, Tyler Seguin had a power play goal. Chris Kelly–who obviously is unavailable to play due to his injury–potted a goal less than two minutes later and Daniel Paille made it three.
Could the Bruins have another great afternoon, considering they are doing well in matinee games this season, and get some of their mojo back? This game is the first half of a back-to-back that will close out their hectic month of March and also include a visit to the Buffalo Sabres. Both of these games have been opted into by national channels: NHL Network for the Flyers game and NBC Sports Network for the Sabres one.
Tune in at 1 p.m. to see if Boston can work more matinee magic.