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Flyers return home to face Bruins

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

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Flyers return home to face Bruins
Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia Flyers (20-22-3--43pts)
vs.
Boston Bruins (27-12-5--59pts)

TV: CSN - RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

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OTF: Kimmo's Season Over


1. THE MATCH UP
Tonight is the third and final meeting of the season between the Bruins and Flyers with the season series split with each team winning on home ice… The Flyers will be trying to win the season series against Boston for the first time since the 2009-10 season when then went 2-1-1 and second time since the 2005-06 season when they went 3-1-0… The Flyers had three different players record goals and four different players post assists in the season series, while the Bruins have had a total of 11 different players post a point in the series series with only Milan Lucic recording two points (2a) against the Flyers this season… The Flyers are 1 of 3 teams (Ottawa, Tampa Bay) who have never swept the Bruins in a season series.

2. LOGGING MINUTES
Luke Schenn has averaged roughly 27 minutes of ice time over the past four games… He played a career high 32:51 on April 15 in Montreal, which was the most of any Flyer in over four years and the most in a regulation game since Eric Desjardins played 33:14 vs. Montreal on February 27, 2001… Schenn continues to lead the Flyers in hits, sitting fifth in the league with 165 on the season.

3. THE POWER PLAY
The Flyers continue to hold the NHL's best power play on home ice, operating at 28.8 percent (21-for-73), while also owning the third overall best power play in the NHL at 22.1 percent… In the two games of the season series, each team has had only four power-play opportunities with each team going 1-for-4… The Bruins have had 24 games in which they have had two-or-fewer power play opportunities - having NO opportunities twice (Feb. 21 at Tampa Bay & Mar. 31 at Buffalo)… The Bruins are ranked 24th in the NHL on the man-advantage at 14.9 percent.

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Claude Giroux - (C) #28
Claude Giroux is back on top as the Flyers leading scorer, averaging a point-per-game pace with 13 goals and 32 assist for 45 points in 45 games, including 10 points (2g-8a) in 10 games so far in the month of April… Giroux has not gone two games without posting a point in a 32-game span, since Feb. 9 & 11.

5. Player to watch BRUINS: Jaromir Jagr - (RW) #68
Tonight is Jaromir Jagr's first trip to Philadelphia since signing with the Dallas Stars in the offseason… Jagr is finding success in his new city since being traded near the trade deadline to the Bruins, posting eight points (2g-6a) in nine games with Boston… Overall this season, Jagr has eclipsed his goal-mark from last year, posting 16 goals… He has a total of 34 points (16g-18a) in 43 games, including four game-winning goals.

QUOTABLE
"We have all seen what Boston has gone through and how they all rallied together. As someone from New England, I know how much pride that city has. We too have been moved by what we saw last week in Boston and wanted to do our part to help."
- Comcast Spectacor President Peter Luukko

The Boston Bruins picked up a badly needed - and emotional - win their last time out. They'll try to take advantage of another team that's been eliminated from playoff contention to move closer to the Northeast Division title Tuesday night.

The Bruins visit the Philadelphia Flyers, who are playing out their schedule in a disappointing season but have won three of four thanks to a suddenly resurgent offense.

Boston (27-12-5) stopped a four-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory over woeful Florida on Sunday to move ahead of struggling Montreal atop the division. Both teams have 59 points but the Bruins have a game in hand.

The win over the Panthers was Boston's first since the bombings of the Boston Marathon and subsequent manhunt that led to the killing of one suspect and capture of the other. Boston had two games postponed amid the events of last week and lost the first two it did play before getting back on track Sunday.

All of those contests were at home.

"Yeah, it's what you're after," center Chris Kelly told the team's official website of closing the tough week with two points. "I thought the previous two games we were starting to get back to our identity. It wasn't the results we were looking for, but we're starting to play our game.

"A little more physical, a little more jump in our game, and that kind of continued over to today. I thought we played a solid 60 minutes."

Boston recorded 21 of its 39 shots in the second period Sunday and got 28 saves from Tuukka Rask.

"Like I said after last game, even though we didn't win the game I really liked the way we were physically and emotionally attached in the game," captain Zdeno Chara said. "Today was a little bit different, but we found a way to win the game. That's a good positive step."

While Boston opened a stretch of three straight against teams that won't be going to the postseason, that's where the similarities end between Florida and Philadelphia. While the Panthers have dropped six straight and have the worst record in the NHL, the Flyers (20-22-3) are playing like they still have a chance to make the playoffs.

In its past three victories, Philadelphia has scored 16 goals. The club managed three goals during a preceding four-game losing streak that helped put an end to its postseason hopes.

Wayne Simmonds recorded his first career hat trick and added an assist to power the Flyers past Carolina 5-3 on Saturday. It was their first game since being eliminated from contention.

"We played strong right from the start," Simmonds said. "We have it in our minds that we're going to play until the last minute."

Steve Mason, in his fifth game for the Flyers since being acquired from Columbus, made 26 saves.

"The experience we're getting right now is invaluable," Mason said of the last week of the season.

Philadelphia took the most recent meeting with Boston 3-1 at home March 30, with Ilya Bryzgalov stopping 33 shots. The Flyers had lost four straight matchups and five in a row at home in the series.

Philadelphia leading goal scorer Jakub Voracek has three goals and two assists in his last four games.

Boston center Tyler Seguin, who has four goals and an assist in his last six games, had a four-game goal streak versus the Flyers snapped March 30.

2012-2013 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 23 '13BOS 2 at PHI 5O. Lauridsen
Mar 30 '13BOS 1 at PHI 3M. Read
Mar 09 '13PHI 0 at BOS 3T. Seguin
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
B. Marchand42181735+222345
J. Jagr44161935-22264
D. Krejci44102232+02005
P. Bergeron39102232+241623
T. Seguin45161531+221642
M. Lucic4361824+66500
N. Horton4313922+12201
Z. Chara4571219+146632
D. Paille439716+3801
R. Peverley4451116-101410
D. Hamilton4251116+41420
D. Seidenberg4321214+181001
G. Campbell454812+34100
A. Ference453912+83000
C. Kelly31369-71410
S. Thornton42336+05800
W. Redden26336-21100
J. Boychuk41156+41200
A. McQuaid29134+05400
C. Bourque18134-6601
K. Daugavins23123-7900
J. Caron17123+1400
M. Bartkowski11022+0600
C. Soderberg3022+0400
T. Krug1011-1000
J. Pandolfo18000-2200
A. Johnson10000+01000
R. Spooner4000+0000
L. MacDermid3000+01000
J. Tardif2000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
T. Rask3318-9-4648922.00.928
A. Khudobin149-4-1313892.32.920
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
C. Giroux46133447-82262
J. Voracek46212445-93382
W. Simmonds43151732-78264
K. Timonen4552429+33631
B. Schenn4581725-82420
M. Read40111324+1212
S. Gagne3651015+0820
D. Briere3251015-14821
S. Couturier4441115-8800
R. Fedotenko464913+81201
S. Hartnell308311-56441
L. Schenn453811+23400
M. Talbot355510+22300
M. Knuble27448-32011
E. Gustafsson25347+0201
B. Gervais37156-171000
Z. Rinaldo32325-78500
T. McGinn18325+01901
B. Coburn33145-104100
K. Foster23145+02510
N. Grossmann30134-12100
A. Hall36044+02300
T. Sestito7202+11201
O. Lauridsen13112-12401
A. Meszaros11022-9200
J. Rosehill9101-35201
K. Huskins19011-3400
H. Zolnierczyk7011+03600
B. Manning4011+3000
S. Laughton5000+0000
E. Wellwood4000+0000
A. Lilja2000-1000
J. Shelley1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
I. Bryzgalov3918-17-310610442.84.898
S. Mason196-8-1465172.68.911
B. Boucher40-2-06552.50.891
M. Leighton10-1-05265.08.808
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