The Flyers, 7-0-0 in December, have a narrow lead on the Bruins (17-2-1 in their last 20) for first place in the Eastern Conference, which makes Saturday's matinee at the Wells Fargo Center more meaningful a game than the tilt between budding archrivals would have been anyway.
The Bruins should get captain Zdeno Chara back after he missed two games while recovering from a lower-body injury suffered in a Saturday night win at Columbus. Whether or not they'll have Gregory Campbell, who's recovering from a foot injury after blocking a shot in the same game, remains to be seen.
But the Flyers won't be so fortunate. It seems they'll be without leading scorer Claude Giroux for another game, and they'll be missing Captain Chris Pronger for the rest of the season after Pronger was diagnosed with serious post-concussion symptoms.
The Flyers come into the game off of a 4-3 win on Thursday at Montreal, and should have Ilya Bryzgalov back between the pipes. The Bruins will have Tim Thomas minding the net, and assuming everyone's healthy, will look like this:
Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk