In sports, it’s always been said that the next game is more important than the last. That’s never been more true for the Philadelphia Flyers than it is right now. Philadelphia will have two more home games before they fly out to California for what might be their toughest road trip all season. The small cluster of west coast games includes visits to the homes of the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks, but before they can soak up the rays of Hollywood, they’ve got to finish business at home.
Saturday’s game with Boston will most likely see Steve Mason in net, but lately Mason has looked incredibly flat. The Bruins, who are averaging over 30 shots per game, will have a field day with Mason if he can’t shake off the cobwebs. Tuukka Rask currently possesses the third best save percentage in the NHL (.929). Philadelphia will want to grab an early lead and hope the defense stays poised in an effort to help a struggling Mason.
Detroit is a team that will come into the Wells Fargo Center Tuesday night desperately looking to put themselves back into a prime playoff spot. With a dynamic duo like Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, the Flyers will certainly have their work cut out for them.
When the Eastern Conference playoff race is as tight as it is, games like these are vital, especially when it means having to go against three of the league’s top eight teams to kick off next month.