Tonight in the NHL: Bruins host streaking Islanders

Tonight in the NHL: Bruins host streaking Islanders
April 11, 2013, 12:30 pm
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The Flyers are back in action tonight at 7 p.m., hosting the Ottawa Senators (see game notes).

At a time when every game counts, the Flyers know they need to produce a consistent effort for 60 minutes, which they haven't done at times this season (see story).

With the Flyers scrambling to stay in the playoff race, here's a look at some key games around the Eastern Conference:

Islanders at Bruins, 7 p.m.
The Islanders will travel to Boston to take on a Bruins team that has been dominant at home. The Bruins own a 14-2-2 record at home this season, going 8-0-1 after their loss to the Canadiens on March 3.

the Isles, meanwhile are hoping to secure their first trip the playoffs since 2007. They are seventh in the Eastern Conference with 44 points, eight points ahead of the Flyers, and 7-1-1 in their last nine games.

Boston, led by goaltender Tuukka Rask, is comfortably in second place in the East. Rask has been steady all season, ranking third in the league with a save percentage of .928 and a goals against average of 1.95.

Panthers at Jets, 8 p.m.
The Jets the Panthers tonight in an attempt to get themselves closer to the postseason. They are two points behind the eighth-seeded Rangers and five ahead of the Flyers.

The Panthers, on the other hand, are the worst team in the Eastern Conference but have given Winnipeg troubles all season. Florida defeated the Jets, 6-3, on Jan. 31 and, 4-1, on Mar. 5.

These two are also trending in opposite directions as the Panthers have won four of their past five, while the Jets are on a downward spiral, having lost five of their last seven.

Canadiens at Sabres, 7 p.m.
The Canadiens will visit Sabres tonight, hoping to avoid their fourth straight loss to Buffalo. After defeating the Sabres, 6-1, on Feb. 2, Buffalo won the next three, all by one goal.

Even so, Montreal will most likely make the postseason either way, sitting fourth in the Eastern Conference with 55 points. Buffalo, on the other hand, is fighting for a playoff berth. They currently have 38 points, six behind the Rangers and one ahead of the Flyers.

The Sabres will also benefit from the return of Thomas Vanek, their leading scorer with 33 points. Vanek missed six games due to an upper-body injury.

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