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Boston Comes to Town

The Matchup

Philadelphia Flyers (13-17-1) vs Boston Bruins (21-7-4)
Wells Fargo Center — Philadelphia, PA

1:00 p.m. on CSN and 97.5 FM The Fanatic

Setting the Stage

This is the second of three meetings between the two teams. Boston shut-out the Flyers back on March 9, 3-0, in their only other meeting this season.

The Flyers have lost four straight, and eight of their last 10. They've earned only six points in the last 10 games.

The Flyers will be without three of their defensemen with the seasons ending mercifully for Andrej Meszaros and Braydon Coburn. Oliver Lauridsen will make his NHL debut today against the Bruins.

What to Expect

The Flyers are reeling, and in the worst way right now. Losers of four straight, lost three defensemen in that span and just not playing good hockey at all. They're still somehow mathematically in it but the time is running short on their season.

Boston is one of the best teams in hockey, no question about it. Despite losing out on the Jarome Iginla sweepstakes, they are a rock solid team defensively, offensively and between the pipes.

The Flyers will need to play an inspired effort and try and knock the Bruins off their game if they want to win this.

The Masked Men

To no surprise, Ilya Bryzgalov will get his 32nd start of the year. He was phenomenal in the Flyers 4-3 shoot-out loss to the Islanders, stopping 33 shots despite being short-handed defensively. 

Tuukka Rask has been a breath of fresh air for Boston after the circus Tim Thomas created before being dealt. Rask is 15-4-4 with a 2.02 GAA (3rd in the NHL) and .923 save percentage (6th).

Quotable

"Yeah that's what's frustrating. We feel like we are a team that should be in the playoffs and we're not. We need to find a way to get those points like tonight. We need to find a way when we're up 2-1 going into the third to get those 2 points." - Claude Giroux on the frustrations.

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