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Preview: Bruins and Flyers take it outside at Lake Tahoe

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Fresh air!

NHL Outdoors At Lake Tahoe - Vegas Golden Knights v Colorado Avalanche Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Just the facts

When: Tonight, 7:30 PM (maybe)

Where: Lake Tahoe!

How to follow: NBCSN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SBN site: Broad Street Hockey

Know your enemy

  • 8-3-3, 19 points, second in the East Division
  • James van Riemsdyk: 7G, 11A, 18PTS; Joel Farabee: 7G, 6A, 13PTS; Kevin Hayes: 6G, 7A, 13PTS
  • Carter Hart: 5-2-3, 3.31 GAA, .902 save percentage

Game notes

  • We’re going back outside! The Bruins and Flyers face off under the great American sky for the second time, with the Bruins winning the 2010 Winter Classic in overtime.
  • Overall, the Bruins are 2-1-0 in outdoor games: the beat the Flyers and Blackhawks, but lost to the Canadiens at Gillette Stadium.
  • Who knows what’s actually going to happen with this game? I’m putting this together Saturday night, hours before Saturday’s game was supposed to resume. Depending on how that game goes, there’s a decent chance the NHL might change its plans for tonight’s game (as it already has).
  • Plenty of people were dunking on the NHL for Saturday’s issues, and there are legitimate gripes (mainly around the safety of the players on rut-filled ice). However, the league deserves credit for trying something different. It’s the first one of these (i.e. non-stadium outdoor games), so there are going to be bumps.
  • The Bruins will be facing a very shorthanded Flyers team tonight: Philly will be without Claude Giroux, Travis Konecny, Scott Laughton, Oskar Lindblom, Jakub Voracek, and Justin Braun, all of whom are on the COVID-19 list.
  • The B’s won’t be fully healthy either, as both David Krejci and Kevan Miller will miss tonight’s game.
  • The Flyers have six losses on the young season, and four of them have been against the Bruins. Two of those Bruins wins were in regular, with the two others coming in overtime and a shootout.

Here’s to hoping that tonight’s game goes off without a hitch and is injury-free!