The Boston Bruins have played six straight games without losing in regulation (3-0-3) and find themselves back in a wild card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference as a result.
Boston’s latest win was a 3-0 shutout over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night at TD Garden. The B’s dominated the Devils with a 43-14 shots on goal advantage. In fact, the 14 shots Boston gave up was its lowest total of the season.
The Bruins return to game action Saturday afternoon against the Philadelphia Flyers. It’s Boston’s first game in Philadelphia this season and the second meeting overall (Bruins won 2-1 on opening night in Boston).
Bruins forward Loui Eriksson is a game-time decision for Bruins-Flyers after missing Thursday’s game with an injury. The injury occurred when he was slashed by Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo on Wednesday night. Tuukka Rask is the likely choice to start in net after backup goaltender Niklas Svedberg played Thursday.
The Flyers must receive quality performances from leading scorers Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek to have any chance of beating the Bruins. Voracek leads the NHL in scoring with 49 points.
Here are the projected lineups for both teams:
BOSTON BRUINS (21-15-6, fourth in Atlantic)
Brad Marchand-David Krejci-David Pastrnak
Milan Lucic-Patrice Bergeron-Daniel Paille
Chris Kelly-Carl Soderberg-Reilly Smith
Jordan Caron-Gregory Campbell-Craig Cunningham
Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg-Adam McQuaid
Torey Krug-Kevan Miller
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (16-18-7, sixth in Metropolitan)
Brayden Schenn-Claude Giroux-Jakub Voracek
Michael Raffl-Scott Laughton-Wayne Simmonds
R.J. Umberger-Sean Couturier-Matt Read
Chris VandeVelde-Vinny Lecavalier-Pierre Edouard Bellemare
Niklas Grossmann-Mark Streit
Nick Schultz-Braydon Coburn
Luke Schenn-Michael Del Zotto
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