Philadelphia Flyers 79 pts (34-22-11)
Boston Bruins 90 pts (41-15-8)
7 p.m. ET
TD Garden – Boston, MA
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia+, NHLN-US
Radio: 93.3 FM WMMR
Date Game GWG
12/2 BOS 3 @ PHI 0 Ryan Spooner
3/8 PHI @ BOS
4/1 BOS @ PHI
Claude Giroux, 79 Points Brad Marchand, 66
Sean Couturier, 29 Goals Brad Marchand, 28
Jakub Voracek, 57 Assists Brad Marchand, 38
After playing so well during the month of February, the Flyers are 0-3-1 so far in March. They will look to snap their four-game skid at the Boston Bruins tonight.
The Flyers could be catching the Bruins at the right time as they will be missing a trio of key players tonight. Patrice Bergeron is out with a fractured foot; defenseman Charlie McAvoy is on the shelf with a sprained knee and David Backes will be serving the first game of three-game suspension for an illegal check on Frans Nielsen of the Detroit Red Wings.
Even with the injuries, the Bruins have won their last four games and seven of their last 10. Newcomer Rick Nash has been a nice fit in Boston and he has helped to pick up the slack from Bergeron’s absence.
The Flyers will need to figure out a way to start cashing in on the power play again. They have just one goal in their last 19 chances. Claude Giroux used a well-known expletive to describe how the unit played after an 0-for-5 night versus Pittsburgh.
Alex Lyon is expected to start in goal for the Flyers tonight and he will be opposed by Tuukka Rask, who has missed the last two games with a lower-body injury. Rask stopped all 28 shots he saw in a 3-0 win over the Flyers back in December.
Probable Flyers Lineup
Claude Giroux - Sean Couturier - Travis Konecny
Oskar Lindblom - Nolan Patrick - Jakub Voracek
Jordan Weal - Valtteri Filppula - Wayne Simmonds
Jori Lehtera - Scott Laughton - Michael Raffl
Ivan Provorov - Shayne Gostisbehere
Robert Hagg - Andrew MacDonald
Brandon Manning - Radko Gudas
Alex Lyon (2-1-0, 2.88 GAA, .903 save %, 0 SO)
G-Brian Elliott (core muscle) out, G-Michal Neuvirth (lower-body) out
Probable Bruins Lineup
Brad Marchand - Riley Nash - David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk - David Krejci - Rick Nash
Danton Heinen - Tommy Wingels - Brian Gionta
Tim Schaller - Sean Kuraly – Noel Acciari
Zdeno Chara - Brandon Carlo
Torey Krug - Nick Holden
Matt Grzelcyk - Kevan Miller
Tuukka Rask (26-11-4, 2.28 GAA, .919 save %, 2 SO)
LW-Anders Bjork (shoulder) out, C-Patrice Bergeron (foot) out, D-Charlie McAvoy (MCL) out, C-David Backes (suspension) out