Flyers-Bruins: What you need to know

Flyers-Bruins: What you need to know

April 23, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Flyers vs. Bruins – 7:30 p.m., CSN
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia

Flyers: 20-22-3 (Fifth in Atlantic Division, 12th in Eastern Conference)

Bruins: 27-12-5 (First in Northeast Division, second in Eastern Conference)

Last meeting
The Flyers put together a full 60-minute effort and came away with a 3-1 victory over the Bruins on March 30 at Wells Fargo Center in the last meeting between these two clubs. Mike Knuble and Matt Read each beat Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask before Ruslan Fedotenko sealed the win for the Flyers with an empty netter. Zac Rinaldo, in just under 13 minutes of ice time, had 12 hits to match a season high that he set in Winnipeg on Feb. 12.

Tuesday’s matchup will mark the third and final meeting between the Flyers and Bruins this season. They have split the first two, with the home team winning each contest.

Previous games
Wayne Simmonds collected his first career NHL hat trick to help the Flyers take down the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-3, on Saturday night. Jakub Voracek potted his 20th goal of the season and Matt Read scored on a breakaway in the Orange and Black’s first game since being eliminated from playoff contention. Steve Mason turned aside 26 shots to earn his second win since joining the Flyers at the trade deadline.

Boston ended a four-game winless streak and moved into a tie for first place in the Northeast with a 3-0 victory over the Florida Panthers on Sunday. Rask stopped 28 shots to register his fourth shutout of this lockout-shortened season. Jaromir Jagr and Dougie Hamilton each scored on Panthers goalie Jacob Markstrom, who made 36 saves, before Brad Marchand picked up his team-high 18th tally of the season with an empty-net goal with 1:22 remaining.

Jagr’s return to Philly
Jaromir Jagr on Tuesday will play his first game at Wells Fargo Center since leaving the Flyers last offseason. The veteran forward signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Stars worth $4.5 million on July 3, but was dealt to the Bruins for two prospects and a draft pick on April 2.

Jagr collected 14 goals and 12 assists in 34 games with Dallas this season. Since becoming a member of the Bruins, Jagr has added two goals and six helpers in nine games.  

Last season with the Flyers, Jagr scored 19 goals and registered 54 points in his return to the NHL after a three-year absence. However, it was Jagr’s leadership that really paid dividends. The future Hall of Famer was a major influence on several young players such as Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and especially Voracek (see story).

Calling up the Kids
The Flyers called up forwards Tye McGinn, Scott Laughton and Jason Akeson as well as defenseman Matt Konan from their AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, on Monday.

McGinn has appeared in 18 games for the Flyers this season, recording three goals, two assists and 19 penalty minutes. He missed six games after suffering a broken orbital bone in a fight with Toronto’s Mike Brown and was later sent down to the Phantoms for conditioning and more ice time.

It’s highly unlikely Laughton -- who made the opening roster and went scoreless in five games with the Flyers before being sent back to his junior club -- will play any of the three remaining games as it would burn an entire year off of his entry-level contract. It will, however, be beneficial for the Flyers’ first-round draft pick from 2012 to practice with the big club and be around NHL coaches.

Akeson led Adirondack in scoring this past season. He collected 20 goals and 33 assists in 62 games with the Phantoms. He started the season with the Flyers’ ECHL affiliate, the Trenton Titans, where he posted two goals and eight assists in 14 contests.

Konan was briefly recalled by the Flyers on April 16, along with fellow blueliner Brandon Manning, but was scratched from game action.

Did you know?
Giroux has taken 1,121 faceoffs in 2013, which is 41.1 percent of the Flyers’ team draws this season. Both of those numbers lead the league. He is 54.0 percent in the circle overall.

Flyers: Kimmo Timonen will miss the rest of the season because of a compression fracture in his right foot, general manager Paul Holmgren announced Tuesday. The veteran defenseman was one of four players to have appeared in all 45 games thus far. He should be fully recovered in four to five weeks.

Kent Huskins, who is recovering from a concussion, won’t play against the Bruins but could return to the lineup in one or both of the final two games this week, Holmgren said on Monday.

Andrej Meszaros (left shoulder surgery), Braydon Coburn (separated left shoulder), Nicklas Grossmann (concussion), Bruno Gervais (abdominal surgery), Max Talbot (broken left leg), Zac Rinaldo (high left ankle sprain) and Jody Shelley (left hip surgery) are all on injured reserve and will miss the remainder of the season.

Bruins: Adam McQuaid, who missed Boston’s last game with a lower-body injury, is questionable for Tuesday’s contest. Nathan Horton will not play against the Flyers because of an upper-body injury that he sustained in a fight with Pittsburgh’s Jarome Iginla on Saturday.

Marc Savard (post-concussion syndrome) is on IR and remains out.

Sound off
If the Flyers re-signed Jagr, how much different do you think this season would have been?

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