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Preview: Bruins and Flyers renew acquaintances in a Saturday matinee

Philly again!

NHL: Boston Bruins at Philadelphia Flyers Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Just the facts

When: Today, 2 PM

Where: Wells Fargo Center - Philadelphia, PA

How to follow: NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub, ESPN+

Rival SBN site: Broad Street Hockey

Know your enemy

  • 18-15-6, 42 points, 6th in the East Division
  • Jakub Voracek: 7G, 25A, 32PTS; James van Riemsdyk: 13G, 18A, 31PTS; Claude Giroux: 11G, 20A, 31PTS
  • Carter Hart: 8-10-5, 3.78 GAA, .873 save percentage

Game notes

  • With the New York Rangers beating the New York Islanders on Friday, the Flyers find themselves in 6th place in the East, six points behind the Bruins (who have two games in hand) for that final playoff spot.
  • In some ways, it’s remarkable that the Flyers have hung around the playoff race for this long, considering the performance they’ve gotten from their goaltenders (and, to be fair, their team defense). Heading into today’s game, both goalies are sporting GAA’s of around or over 3, and both have save percentages of .890 or below. Yikes!
  • Speaking of goalies, the Bruins confirmed on Friday that Jeremy Swayman will start again today. The play of Swayman and Dan Vladar has been a luxury for the Bruins, as it gives them time to let Tuukka Rask ride out whatever ails him. Frankly, those two guys have been huge.
  • This is it for this year’s Bruins-Flyers season series, and it sure has been ugly for the guys in orange. The B’s are 6-0-1 in the season series. For the Flyers, it’s 1-4-2. Given how close the standings are, even just a single regulation win out of those four losses would have been huge.
  • Bruce Cassidy did note today that it’s possible that Tuukka Rask starts on Sunday against the Capitals, depending on how he feels. Pretty nice to have four (!?!) goalies you’re comfortable starting, eh?
  • While it’s looked ugly at times, the Bruins are 7-2-2 in their last 11 games. Considering this is the “gauntlet” portion of their schedule and they’ve been without (either some or the entire time) Brandon Carlo, Tuukka Rask, Jaroslav Halak, Charlie McAvoy, and Jake DeBrusk, it’s pretty impressive.
  • You can’t help but wonder if the Bruins’ recent form has adjusted Don Sweeney’s deadline plans at all. The team has looked parts vulnerable, parts good. Today’s game against Philly and tomorrow’s against the Caps are the last two games before Monday’s deadline. Good luck, Don!

See ya this afternoon!