Bruins and Flyers ready to ring in the New Year with 2010 NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park

After months of anticipation and planning, it is finally time to play one of the most talked about regular season games in NHL history as the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers will meet in the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park. Both teams enter the game having shutout their respective opponents on Wednesday night with the B's downing the Atlanta Thrashers 4-0 at TD Garden, while the Flyers handed the New York Rangers a 6-0 loss.

Know Your Enemy

Philadelphia Flyers (19-18-2)

Head Coach: Peter Laviolette

SB Nation's Flyers Blog: Broad Street Hockey

Leading Goal Scorer:


Mike Richards

#18 / Center / Philadelphia Flyers

5-11

195

Feb 11, 1985



G A P +/- PIM
2009 - Mike Richards 16 17 33 10 49

 

Projected Goaltenders:


Tim Thomas

#30 / Goalie / Boston Bruins

5-11

201

Apr 15, 1974



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Tim Thomas 24 1439 10 9 58 2.42 711 653 .918 4


Michael Leighton

#49 / Goalie / Philadelphia Flyers

6-3

186

May 19, 1981



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Michael Leighton 12 633 5 4 33 3.13 305 272 .892 1

 

Bruins Projected Lines and D-Pairs:

Steve Begin - Marc Savard - Marco Sturm

Daniel Paille - Patrice Bergeron - Mark Recchi

Blake Wheeler - David Krejci - Michael Ryder

Shawn Thornton - Vladimir Sobotka - Byron Bitz

 

Zdeno Chara - Dennis Wideman

Andrew Ference - Johnny Boychuk

Matt Hunwick - Derek Morris

 

Injury Report


Boston Bruins Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Milan Lucic ankle 11/26/2009
Mark Stuart sternum 12/15/2009


Philadelphia Flyers Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Ryan Parent back 12/31/2009

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Ole-Kristian Tollefsen knee 12/15/2009
Ray Emery abdomen 12/06/2009

Notes:

- SB Nation will be your source for coverage for the Winter Classic. I will be at the game along with Travis Hughes from Broad Street Hockey and Randy Booth from Over The Monster. Keep checking the site and @cupofchowdah on Twitter for updates before, during, and after the game.

- I will be a guest on Toucher & Rich's live pre-game broadcast from Tequila Rain to talk about the B's and the Winter Classic. I am tentatively scheduled to be on the air at 8:40 am on 98.5 FM "The Sports Hub". If you are going to the game stop by Tequila Rain.

- The officiating crew has some local ties as referee Chris Rooney (South Boston) and linesman Brian Murphy (Dover, NH) will work the game along with referee Kerry Fraser and linesman Lyle Seitz.

- Milan Lucic, who is recovering from a high ankle sprain is not expected to play.

- Team USA is scheduled to announce their roster for the Olympics during the game. Members of the 1960 and 1980 team are expected to be in attendance.

- The Flyers have named Michael Leighton as their starting goalie. I would expect Tim Thomas to get the start for the Bruins.

- The Dropkick Murphy's will be performing "Shipping up to Boston" before the game.

- James Taylor will perform the U.S. National Anthem, while Daniel Powter will perform the Canadian National Anthem.

- The Stanley Cup of Chowder Public Skate open thread will start at noon.

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