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Bruins vs Flyers 1/10 Preview: Moving On Up (to the playoffs)

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Bruins look to advance a (gasp) two-game win streak.

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Just the Facts:

Game Time: 1:00 PM, Wells Fargo Center.

TV Broadcast: NESN, CSNP

Radio Broadcast: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SB Nation SiteBroad Street Hockey

Season Record: Bruins: 21-15-6, 4th in Atlantic Division | Flyers: 16-18-7, 6th in Metro Division

Flyers Lines:

Brayden Schenn - Claude Giroux - Jakub Voracek

Michael Raffl - Scott Laughton - Wayne Simmonds

R.J. Umberger - Sean Couturier - Matt Read

Chris VandeVelde - Vincent Lecavalier - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare

Defensive Pairings:

Nicklas Grossmann (now on IR) - Mark Streit

Nick Schultz - Braydon Coburn

Luke Schenn - Michael Del Zotto

Goalies: Steve Mason, Ray Emery

IR: Nick Grossmann, Chris Pronger, Kimmo Timonen

Bruins Lines:

Brad Marchand - David Krejci - David Pastrnak

Milan Lucic - Patrice Bergeron - Daniel Paille

Chris Kelly - Carl Soderberg - Reilly Smith

Jordan Caron - Gregory Campbell - Craig Cunningham

Defensive Pairings:

Zdeno Chara - Dougie Hamilton

Dennis Seidenberg - Adam McQuaid

Torey Krug - Kevan Miller

IR: (questionable) Loui Eriksson

Goalies: Tuukka Rask, Niklas Svedberg

Game Notes:

  • For some healthy perspective, twitter superstar Joe McIntyre (@dr_pizza_MD) filled me in on the current state of the Flyers. He said, "though they may tell you differently based on two measly extra time wins this week, the 2014-15 Flyers are one of the worst teams to ever play organized professional sports. Prior to winning two games this week against the similarly talented Senators (2-1 shootout win) and the Capitals (3-2 OT win), the Flyers lost five straight games, four of which came against some of the worst teams in the NHL – the Devils (a 5-2 laugher of a loss), Hurricanes (2-1 loss), Avalanche (3-2 OT loss) and Coyotes (4-2 loss). Their lone acceptable loss came against Peter Laviolette’s Predators (4-1 loss)." It could always be worse.
  • Loui Eriksson is questionable for today's matinee with a right hand injury. Flyers defenseman Nick Grossmann will be out with a shoulder injury.
  • Although Bruins are still dead last in the league with only 97 power play opportunities, lately they've been creating and capitalizing on more opportunities. Boston's PP% is 18.6%, compared to Buffalo's 9.4% and St. Louis's 26.4%.
  • The fancy stats from Bruins vs Devils are very encouraging. It always feels good to have more than zero shot attempts in 16:55 minutes. Bruins will have to keep that up to continue this streak regardless of opponent. The great Michael Scott once said "you miss one hundred percent of the shots you don't take."

NEVER FORGET:

Yesss Carl.

Last Game in Fancy stats

Guess we got our swagger back...