Tonight the Bruins will host the Philadelphia Flyers at the TD Garden
The Bruins came out of the All-Star break with a mixed performance, losing to the Winnipeg Jets in a shootout. This left them 1 point behind Montreal (though with 2 games in hand) and keeps them in the 1st Wild Card slot in the east. Part of their woes have been due to less than stellar goaltending from backup Jaro Halak, who got a couple of extra games in the wake of an injury to Tuukka Rask. Part of their issues have been due to giving up short-handed opportunities with their aggressive power play. And part have been due to some inconsistency of the defense.
They have been trying to find some secondary scoring by swapping in some young talent. This started with Ryan Donato, then Anders Bjork, Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson and Colby Cave. All 4 have since been sent down to the AHL affiliate, with Colby Cave being grabbed by Edmonton while on waivers. The current wave consists of forwards Peter Cehlárik and Trent Frederic, who have both made promising starts. Cehlarik has managed 2 goals and an assist during a couple of games on David Krejci’s wing, while the larger Frederic was held pointless in his debut but made some good hits and entertained the crowd with a hockey fight vs the Jets’ Tanev. Also, we were sort of introduced to his parents in the crowd at the TD Garden. They also entertained the fans with their enthusiasm, including (especially?) during the fight.
So what do the lines look like?
Joakim Nordstrom has returned to the lineup after an injured fibula. Tuukka Rask is back from a concussion. Call-ups Peter Cehlárik and Trent Frederic will continue where they played on Tuesday. Defenseman Matt Grzelcyk will not, as he is sitting out to allow John Moore to slot back in.
|Bruins Forward Lines|
|Bruins Defensive pairs|
|#40 Tuukka Rask||#41 Jaroslav Halak|
This evening’s opponent are the Flyers. They had not been doing so great, and had been struggling in goal this season, as they have had 7 different netminders who have started at least one game this season. This is primarily due to injuries at the position, and probably has contributed to their record of 21-23-6 (48 points) which places them 7th of 8 in the Metro division. However, they appear to have found a solid goaltender in Carter Hart, who has started 7 of their last 8 games. This includes a non-trivial win streak of 5 games in their last 6, including the 4-3 win over the Bruins on Jan 16th. This will be the 3rd and final scheduled meeting of the Bruins & Flyers this season. They have split the series 1-1. Some significant Flyer player outages due to injuries: Brian Elliott is on injured reserve with a groin injury, Michal Neuvirth has a lower-body injury with unknown return time Shayne Gostisbehere suffered a lower body injury and will remain out until at least Saturday Centerman Corban Knight is expected to be out until the end of February due to a broken collarbone. (h/t Daily Faceoff):
#25 James van Riemsdyk — #28 Claude Giroux — #11 Travis Konecny
#23 Oskar Lindblom — #14 Sean Couturier — #93 Jakub Voracek
#21 Scott Laughton — #19 Nolan Patrick — #17 Wayne Simmonds
#44 Phil Varone — #24 Mikhail Vorobyov — #12 Michael Raffl
#9 Ivan Provorov — #6 Travis Sanheim
#47 Andrew MacDonald — #3 Radko Gudas
#8 Robert Hagg — #26 Christian Folin
#79 Carter Hart
#65 Anthony Stolarz