Boston Bruins 90 pts (41-15-8)

vs

Philadelphia Flyers 79 pts (34-22-11)

7 p.m. ET

TD Garden – Boston, MA

TV: NESN, NHLN-US

Radio: 98.5 FM The Sports Hub


Season Series/Schedule

Date      Game                                    GWG

12/2       BOS 3 @ PHI 0                   Ryan Spooner

3/8         PHI @ BOS         

4/1         BOS @ PHI         


Team Leaders

Bruins                                                                   Flyers

Brad Marchand, 66          Points                   Claude Giroux, 79

Brad Marchand, 28          Goals                     Sean Couturier, 29

Brad Marchand, 38          Assists                  Jakub Voracek, 57


The Boston Bruins have overcome missing players all season long either because of injury or suspension.  David Backes is the latest player to be out of the lineup as he begins his three-game suspension for his illegal check on Frans Nielsen of the Detroit Red Wings. 

The Bruins did not recall anyone from Providence after the NHL’s ruling on Backes came down, so Noel Acciari will draw back in tonight.  He will play on the fourth line with Tommy Wingels moving up to center the third line in Backes’s absence. 

Tuukka Rask will return to the net for the Bruins tonight after missing the last three games with a lower-body injury.  He made 28 saves in a 3-0 shutout of the Flyers back in December and will be opposed by rookie Alex Lyon.

The Bruins have had a lot of recent success versus the Flyers.  They have taken points in 12 of the last 13 games against the Flyers; going 10-1-2 in that span.  The success could continue tonight as the Flyers lost their fourth straight game to the Pittsburgh Penguins on home ice last night.  They are now 0-3-1 in March after just one regulation loss in 13 games during February.


Probable Bruins Lineup

FORWARDS

Brad Marchand - Riley Nash - David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk - David Krejci - Rick Nash

Danton Heinen - Tommy Wingels - Brian Gionta

Tim Schaller - Sean Kuraly – Noel Acciari

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Zdeno Chara - Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug - Nick Holden

Matt Grzelcyk - Kevan Miller

GOALTENDER

Tuukka Rask (26-11-4, 2.28 GAA, .919 save %, 2 SO)

INJURY REPORT

LW-Anders Bjork (shoulder) out, C-Patrice Bergeron (foot) out, D-Charlie McAvoy (MCL) out, C-David Backes (suspension) out


Probable Flyers Lineup

FORWARDS

Claude Giroux - Sean Couturier - Travis Konecny

Oskar Lindblom - Nolan Patrick - Jakub Voracek

Jordan Weal - Valtteri Filppula - Wayne Simmonds

Jori Lehtera - Scott Laughton - Michael Raffl

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Ivan Provorov - Shayne Gostisbehere

Robert Hagg - Andrew MacDonald

Brandon Manning - Radko Gudas

GOALTENDER

Alex Lyon (2-1-0, 2.88 GAA, .903 save %, 0 SO)

INJURY REPORT

G-Brian Elliott (core muscle) out, G-Michal Neuvirth (lower-body) out

Source: lineups via Daily Faceoff & Left Wing Lock
Image Credit: AP