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Bruins vs. Flyers Preview: Matinee Mayhem?

The Bruins are still one point back from Montreal for first in the East, but in order to overtake their hated rivals, they're gonna have to get through Giroux and the gang.

Jim McIsaac

Just the Facts:

Game time: 1 PM, TD Garden, Boston, MA. TV Broadcast: NHLN-US, NHLN-CA, NESN. Radio Broadcast: 98.5 The Sports Hub

The other side's SB Nation site: Broad Street Hockey

Record: Bruins (15-3-3, fourth in the East) vs Flyers (11-13-1, eleventh in the East)

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Projected Flyers lines:

Hartnell - Giroux - Voracek
Simmonds - B. Schenn - Briere
Gagne - Read - Fedetenko
Rinaldo - Courturier - Talbot

Timonen - L. Schenn
Grossman - Coburn
Gustaffson - Meszaros


*These are super projected and subject to change - there was some line shuffling at Flyers practice yesterday, so who knows. Meszaros might return today, based on yesterday's line rushes.

Projected Bruins lines:

Marchand - Bergeron - Seguin
Lucic - Krejci - Horton
Pandolfo/Caron - Kelly - Peverley
Paille - Campbell - Thornton

Chara - Boychuk
Seidenberg - Hamilton
Ference - McQuaid



The Flyers are coming off of a 5-4 loss to the Penguins, during which they surrendered a 3 goal lead over the course of the second and third periods (sound familiar?). The Bruins, on the other hand, beat the Leafs once again on Thursday, and seem to be regaining a bit of their defense-first mentality after losses to Montreal and Washington. As we all know, the trio of AWESOMENESS, Seguin-Bergeron-Marchand, continues to make opponents look silly, and it's possible the third line miiiiight benefit from the return of old friend Jordan Caron (or not - he hasn't had the greatest of seasons thus far in Providence). They will face a test in a Flyers team battling for a playoff position, and that probably has a bit of a chip on their shoulder after Thursday's collapse against Sidney Crosby the Pens. Plus, I don't know if you've heard, but that Voracek kid is pretty good at hockey.

In four matchups last year, the Bruins won three, but two of those were in a shootout, and one of them featured the season ending hit by former Flyer Tom Sestito on Nathan Horton. Three out of the four featured multiple fighting majors (including my favorite matchup, Brayden Schenn vs. Chris 'Cageface' Kelly), so buckle up, kids. This could be a rough one.

Never forget:

Quota, y'all.