The Philadelphia Flyers have been struggling offensively as of late; the entire hockey universe knows it. Fans around the Delaware Valley are fully aware of the playoff standings situation as well. We’re not here to discuss that, though. Tomorrow is probably a must-win situation for the Flyers and it’s not going to be easy — at all.
The Boston Bruins lead the Pittsburgh Penguins by eight points in the Eastern Conference standings. Boston took the season series from Pittsburgh 2-1, and with just five game remaining, that means that if Boston wins tomorrow and the Penguins lose, Boston would receive home-ice advantage through the Eastern Conference playoff run. You can bet your bottom dollar that they’ll be coming out full force tomorrow afternoon in an effort to seal the deal.
On top of that, it’s probably going to be Tuukka Rask in net for the Bruins. If it is, he’s going to be extra fresh coming off of two days rest. Chad Johnson received the start last night and the Bruins have an off day today.
You know for a fact that Rask is salivating just thinking about the two-game goal drought the Flyers are currently stuck in. If Philly can’t wake up tomorrow, he will definitely have his way with them.
Boston may have something left to play for, but it’s clear that what Philadelphia is playing for is far more important. Not even the Buffalo Sabres have gone two straight games without a goal this season, and they’re dead last in the NHL for goals per game. Philly hopes to avoid becoming the first team in a long time to go three games without one. Just getting on the scoreboard needs to be the Flyers’ focus. If they can do that, the rest will take care of itself.