Bruins face tough test in Philly

BOSTON MA - JANUARY 13: Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins stops a shot by Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers on January 11 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Bruins did not have too much time to dwell on yesterday's 1-0 loss to the New York Rangers. Right after the game, the B's were off to Philadelphia, where they will face the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia Flyers tonight at the Wells Fargo Center. With a win, the Bruins can punch their ticket to the playoffs.

This is the last of four meetings between the Bruins and Flyers this season. The B's have come away with at least a point in each of the first three match-ups (2-0-1). The Bruins outgunned the Flyers 7-5 the last time they met back on January 13th in Boston.

The Flyers are coming off of a 4-1 win over the New Islanders on Saturday that saw former UNH star James van Riemsdyk net a hat trick.

Injury Report:


Boston Bruins Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Shane Hnidy shoulder 02/26/2011
Marc Savard concussion 01/23/2011

Philadelphia Flyers Injuries

Out: Chris Pronger (fractured right hand), Jody Shelley (orbital bone), Oskars Bartulis (shoulder), Matt Waker (knee), and Ian LaPerriere (concussion)

Notes:

- The Flyers have gone to a shootout in 4 of their last 5 games (2-0-3).

- My guess is that we will see Tim Thomas back in net tonight after seeing Tuukka Rask get the start yesterday.

- The Bruins did not hold a morning skate today.

- Rhode Island native Brian Boucher is rumored to be getting the start in goal for the Flyers.

- The Bruins shutout the Flyers 3-0 on December 1st in their only trip to Broad Street this season. Tim Thomas stopped 41 shots to record the shutout.

- The game gets started shortly after 7:00 PM ET (NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub).

- The Public Skate open thread gates open at 6:30 PM ET.

- I hate the Flyers, but I have admit these shirts are pretty bad ass.

- Broad Street Hockey has more on tonight's game and the Philadelphia Flyers.

"You have to approach the game like a playoff game. Have the right mindset, getting pucks deep, sticking to the program. Play a simple game, and most of the time that’s most effective."

Dennis Siedenberg on tonight's game

"Philadelphia is obviously the top of the conference [it is a] so big game"

Zdeno Chara

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