Flyers vs. Bruins – 1 p.m., CSN
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Flyers: 13-17-3 (Fifth in Atlantic Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
Bruins: 21-7-4 (Second in Northeast Division, Fourth in Eastern Conference)
Three goals in just over two minutes of action in the first period proved to be more than enough offense for the Bruins in a 3-0 shutout victory over the Flyers on March 9. Tyler Seguin, Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille each beat Ilya Bryzgalov and Bruins netminder Tuukaa Rask turned aside 23 shots.
Saturday will mark the second of three matchups between the Flyers and B's this season. The two clubs will meet one final time on April 23 in South Philly.
The Flyers left another crucial point on the table after falling to the New York Islanders 4-3 in a shootout on Thursday night. Scott Hartnell had two goals, including a power-play marker with 29.8 seconds remaining to sent the game to overtime. Mike Knuble netted the Flyers' other tally.
Boston also fell in a shootout in its last contest, a wild 6-5 loss to the Montreal Canadiens. Habs defenseman Andrei Markov tied the game with 8.2 seconds left in regulation and netminder Peter Budaj stopped attempts from six Bruins to seal a victory for Montreal, which remained atop the Northeast Division.
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The Bruins' top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Seguin combined for nine points in Wednesday's loss to Montreal. The three forwards have been pacing Boston's offense all season long and have an eye-popping combined plus/minus rating of plus-68 in 2013.
Claude Giroux has been heating up for the Flyers as of late. Over the past four games, the Flyers' captain has registered two goals and four assists to pull within two points of Jakub Voracek for the team lead in points (34).
Boston is neck-and-neck with Montreal for first place in the Northeast Division. Entering the weekend, the Bruins trail the Canadiens by just one point and have a crucial game in hand.
The Flyers, on the other hand, are on the verge of not qualifying for the playoffs for the first time since 2006-07, when they finished dead last in the East. The eighth-seeded Rangers hold a six-point lead on the 14th place Flyers heading into Saturday's action.
The Bruins have been flat out dominant at the Wells Fargo Center. In their last 10 visits to South Philly, the B's have gone 9-0-1. Boston has also collected wins in the last four contests against the Flyers overall.
The Flyers have had a ton of success on the man advantage lately. They have collected power-play goals on their last for chances, but will face a Bruins penalty-kill unit that leads the league at 91.2 percent.
Did you know?
The Flyers are 4-4 in games that have started before 7 p.m. this season.
Flyers: The list continues to grow for the orange and black. Braydon Coburn suffered a separated shoulder in Thursday's loss to the Islanders and is out indefinitely.
Danny Briere (concussion) and Jody Shelley (left hip surgery) remain out indefinitely.
Andrej Meszaros will undergo surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff of his left shoulder on April 2.
Finally, Nicklas Grossmann is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. He is expected to miss Saturday's contest.
Bruins: Johnny Boychuk is questionable for Saturday's game with a bruised right foot.
Chris Kelly (broken left tibia), Adam McQuaid (strained shoulder) and Marc Savard (post-concussion syndrome) are all on injured reserve and remain out for the B's.
How concerned are you by all of the injuries to the Flyers' defense?