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Game 48 Preview: Bruins (25-17-5) at Flyers (20-17-8)

The Bruins are looking for their first win vs. Philly, and it's already the final match-up between these two teams this season.

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Just The Facts:

Records: Boston Bruins: 25-17-5, 55 Points in 47 Games, 4th in the Atlantic. Philadelphia Flyers: 20-17-8, 48 Points in 45 Games, 7th in the Metro.

Home/Away Splits, Last 10: Bruins Away: 14-5-3. PHI Home: 11-6-5. Both teams are 5-4-1 in the last ten games played.

Vs. Each Other: The Bruins have dropped both contests; 5-4 in OT at the Garden, and 3-2 at Wells Fargo.

Opposing SBNation Site: Broad Street Hockey

How/When To Watch:

When: Monday, January 25th. 7 PM.

Where: The Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA


Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Game Notes:

  • The Bruins haven't beat the Flyers yet this season? Someone please fix this immediately.
  • Philadelphia is coming off a painful 4-3 loss to the rival Pittsburgh Penguins, The loss was the second loss in a row, and the Flyers, while they do have games in hand on practically everyone, need to make up ground if they're going to stick in the Wild Card race -- they come into tonight behind the New Jersey Devils and Bruins by seven points.
  • The Bruins' victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets kept them within a point of both the Detroit Red Wings and the surging Tampa Bay Lightning (who finally lost a game recently), with a game in hand on both.
  • Surprising maybe a couple people who live under rocks, 1-2 in points for the Flyers are Claude Giroux (14-23-27) and Jakub Voracek (6-27-33). Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn are 2nd and 3rd on the team with goals, with 12, and 11 respectively. 22-year-old Shayne Gostisbehere has been dynamic from the blue line for the Flyers and we would be remiss in not mentioning his chipping in 8-11-19.
  • Two-way cog Sean Couturier (9-13-22, and usually good vs. other teams' top units) is still listed as day-to-day coming into tonight's match-up.
  • Indications were that Tuukka Rask was initially tabbed to start against the Blue Jackets, then pushed to back-up due to being "less than 100%." So no idea on the B's goalie situation for tonight yet. Morning skate should clear that up. As for the Flyers, Steve Mason's been solid, if not spectacular (.914), while back-up Michal Neuvirth has been playing over-his-head well (.936).
  • As always, check back a bit later for the probable lines!
  • We have Zac Rinaldo now, which must be almost as devastating for Flyers fans as the contents of the video I'm about to embed in the "Never Forget" section below.

Never Forget: