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Just the Facts:
The Bruins return home for the first match-up of the season against an old foe. Philly comes into this game on the second, road half of a back-to-back after dropping a 2-1 contest to the Dallas Stars. The Flyers were swept by the Bruins in the season series last year, scoring only four times in three games on 80 SOG. The Bruins last lost to the Philadelphia Flyers on Columbus Day of the year 1893, when the Bruins were informed that neither franchise existed yet and thus that they would have to forfeit. The B's can return to .500 on the year with a win tonight.
If it's somehow escaped your notice, Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek are pretty good at hockey. Those two, Wayne Simmonds, and a Power Play that converted on 23.8% of its chances were some of the few reasons that Philly was relevant last season, and them and Steve Mason's resurgence in goal were the primary drivers of the Flyers' playoff appearance two seasons ago. We probably get former Capital and Sabre Michael Neuvirth tonight, as Mason just returned from injury and played last night against Dallas.
The question for the Flyers is largely the same as its been since their cup finals appearance and sweep at the hands of the Bruins the following year: they've got the top-end talent up front, but can they wring enough out of their defense and depth to give their stars another shot at the postseason? With a thin defensive corps that's often had trouble getting the puck out of their own zone, they're kind of the Bizarro Bruins at this point. KHL veteran/NHL rookie 33-year-old Evgeny Medvedev, in the words of one BSH pal, might already be their best DMan.
I don't think we ever get too far away from this series for this:
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Puck drop's at 8 PM, because it's Rivalry Night! Which means you don't ever get to go to sleep even though this game is being played in Boston! Let's go Bruins!