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Preview: Bruins head to Philly for a pre-break showdown

One more, then rest.

Philadelphia Flyers v Boston Bruins - Game One Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

Just the facts

When: Today, 12:30 PM

Where: Wells Fargo Center - Philadelphia, PA

How to follow: NESN, NHL Network, 98.5 The Sports Hub

Opposing perspective: Broad Street Hockey

Know your enemy

  • 25-18-6, 56PTS, 3rd in the Metropolitan Division
  • Travis Konecny: 22G-20A-42PTS; Joel Farabee: 17G-23A-40PTS; Owen Tippett: 18G-12A-30PTS
  • Samuel Ersson: 12-8-3, 2.46 GAA, .902 save percentage

Game notes

  • One more before the All-Star Break! The B’s and Flyers face off in a matinee, then the team (aside from Jim Montgomery, Jeremy Swayman, and David Pastrnak) are off until Feb. 6.
  • Teams want to win every game, of course, but the Flyers may want this one a bit extra: they’ve lost four in a row, including a 3-0 loss to Detroit last time out, and will want to avoid heading into the break on a five-game skid.
  • The Flyers have been a bit of a surprise this year, currently sitting (relatively) firmly in a playoff spot in spite of the recent skid. A big part of that success? Joel Farabee, who is having himself a career year. The 23-year-old forward has already eclipsed his previous career high in points (39) a little more than halfway through the season.
  • Philly re-signed forward Owen Tippett to a six-year deal on Friday, a deal that many see as a potential comparable for Jake DeBrusk.
  • The Flyers boast the league’s second-best penalty kill and a top-10 team defense (10th in GA/G).
  • For the B’s, we should expect the continued lineup shuffling Montgomery has employed in recent weeks.
  • I’d imagine that will include starting Linus Ullmark, but I’ve been wrong before.

See ya this afternoon!