Game Day Thread: Bruins at Flyers


The Bruins are on the road again, playing the Philadelphia Phlyers.

[I was tempted by April Fools Day to post a prank, but I am also just religious enough to be offended by the thought of a mean-spirited prank on Easter Sunday, so to any of you celebrants out there, have a happy Easter, and I’ll leave it at that. -IW]

When last we left our intrepid heroes,…

they met the Florida Panthers, and embarrassed them by a score of 5-1 at the TD garden, including a beat-down of Panthers troublemaker Michael Haley at the hands of Adam McQuaid


However, there were a few areas of concern. First, Torey Krug fired a puck from the point into Riley Nash’s ear, causing Nash to leave the game. Then David Krejci was skating uncomfortably and went down the tunnel – but he would emerge later in the game. And late in the game, Brandon Carlo stumbled and fell, twisting his ankle painfully and bending his knee awkwardly. He would be removed from the ice on a gurney with trainer Don DelNegro stabilizing Carlo’s ankle with his hands.


Carlo reportedly has broken his left fibula (not confirmed), which would seem to finish his hockey until next season. Riley Nash has a head covered in fresh stitches.

The Bruins leaped into the #1 spot in the division on Thursday night, but Tampa Bay had a Friday game against the Rangers, bitch-slapping them 5-1, and jumping to a 1 standings-point & 1 ROW lead over the Bruins. But now the Bruins have reestablished the division lead by 1 point with a game in hand. The Boys in Black have one more game vs Tampa this season. Tampa also plays Nashville on Sunday.
The Bruins remain 2 points behind the league-leading Nashville Predators with even number of games played, and 5 games remaining. Chara and McAvoy are both skating again, and are traveling on the road trip, but only Chara is expected in the lineup today. Rick Nash reportedly still is not skating nor is Sean Kuraly, who also has an upper body injury.
Neither Rick & Riley Nash nor Seak Kuraly or Brandon Carlo will travel to Philly. Note that the P-Bruins are in Pittsburgh, in case the need to call up Paul Postma or Jordan Szwarz arises.

The Phlyers are currently philling out the phirst wildcard spot in the Eastern conference.
They had a great mid-season run, but have started to fall back to earth a little, winning only 5 of their last 10 games, against a fairly strong set of opponents. Goaltenders Brian Elliott and now Michael Neuvirth are both unavailable due to injury. Leading scorers are Claude Girouix at 27-66-93pts, Jakub Vorachek at 19-61-80 points & Sean Couturier at 31-40-71 points

Let’s do some lines.

After all the work I did to suss out the lines, @NHLBruins just tweeted out this Cassidy presser (fortunately it validated my guesswork).

Bruins Forward Lines
Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk

Jake DeBrusk

David Krejci

David Krejci

Ryan Donato

Danton Heinen

Danton Heinen

David Backes

David Backes

Brian Gionta

Brian Gionta

Tim Schaller

Noel Acciari

Noel Acciari

Tommy Wingels

Tommy Wingels

Bruins Defensive pairs
Zdeno Chara

Zdeno Chara

Nick Holden

Nick Holden

Torey Krug

Torey Krug

Adam McQuaid

Adam McQuaid

Matt Grzelcyk

Matt Grzelcyk/Tommy Cross

Kevan Miller

Kevan Miller

Bruins Goaltending
Tuukka Rask (Anton Khudobin)

The Flyers have juggled their lines a little bit, but fortunately they still have Radko Gudas so something stupid can happen.

Flyers Forwards

Claude Giroux — Sean Couturier — Travis Konecny
Oskar Lindblom — Nolan Patrick — Jakub Voracek
Jordan Weal — Valtteri Filppula — Wayne Simmonds
Jori Lehtera — Scott Laughton — Matt Read

Flyers Defense

Ivan Provorov –Shayne Gostisbehere
Travis Sanheim — Andrew MacDonals
Brandon Manning — Radko Gudas

Flyers Goaltending

Petr Mrazek
Alex Lyon

Officiating roster.
(H/T Scouting the Refs):

Referees

Linesmen

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The London Bear
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Bleh. Important point though. Doesn’t that mean Tampa don’t go ahead of us even if thy win today?

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OMG THIS TEAM!

And Bergy gets his 30th, right?

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Is Wingels being punished for something? Radio announcer has noticed he’s on the bench but not playing

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Pasta!

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Streak! (not going to look for a streaker gif as I’m in the office wink )

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We’ll just all search for it in our minds instead.

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Flyers 3rd period goal difference = +7
Bruins 3rd period goal differential= +38

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STOP CHECKING YOUR OWN TEAMMATES!

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YES COMMENCE CRUSHING TIME!