Just the facts
When: Tonight, 7 PM
Where: Wells Fargo Center - Philadelphia, PA
How to follow: NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
Rival SBN site: Broad Street Hockey
Know your enemy
- 23-16-6, 52 points, 5th in the Metropolitan Division
- Goals: Travis Konecny, 14
- Assists: Jakub Voracek, 26
- Points: Konecny, 38
- Goalie: Carter Hart, 14-11-3, 2.53 GAA, .908 save percentage
- Monday night hockey! Hopefully you’re not an LSU or Clemson fan, or else your clicker finger is going to be getting a workout tonight.
- The Flyers may be a middle-of-the-pack team, but they’ve been very good at home this season: they have a record of 14-3-4 at the Wells Fargo Center, with that 3rd regulation loss coming just a couple of days ago against Tampa Bay.
- An interesting note: the Flyers’ leading scorer, Travis Konecny, has just 3 more points than David Pastrnak has goals. Yikes!
- The Flyers should probably be better than they are right now. They have some talent up front in guys like Konecny, Claude Giroux, Kevin Hayes, Jakub Voracek, and Sean Couturier. They’ve needed a goalie for about a decade, but appear to have found one in Carter Hart. Still, they’ve been an inconsistent group, looking great one night and then getting blown out the next.
- What’s gone wrong? Per the Inquirer, the Flyers have a bunch of guys who have gone cold and a power play that has run out of juice. At some point, those things tend to swing in the other direction. Let’s hope it’s not tonight.
- For the Bruins, I wouldn’t expect a ton of things to change. It looks like Matt Grzelcyk may be ready to go after what looked like a potentially bad injury on Saturday night. The carousel of Brett Ritchie/David Backes/Par Lindholm/Other Guy may continue to spin, but Ritchie likely played well enough Saturday to earn another game.
- Tuukka Rask was fantastic in Saturday’s win over the Islanders. While it makes sense to get Jaroslav Halak back in net, Rask’s great game Saturday combined with great career numbers against the Flyers (14-2-4) combine to make it not outside the realm of possibility that Rask is right back in there.
- It is important to note that my man Kevin Hayes is from Dorchester, which means he rules.
See ya tonight!