PREVIEW 45: Boston Bruins at Philadelphia Flyers

 

Another game against a shitty team. This week would have been perfect for Boston – two games in five days against beatable opponents and Washington. It was a leisurely jog for a team that came off a crushing March and April schedule, but that's nothing now. Now it's four games in six days with a lot on the line. We're talking about division standings, playoff standings and post-season matchups. With a team that can barely handle the weight of their own elephant in the room (and we're not talking about Milan Lucic people), it's preposterous to think that they can handle the pressure of the next four games. 

And if you look at the schedule, it's not a hard one. Tonight the Bruins are in Philadelphia to take on the Flyers – a team that is currently in 12th place with no hopes of making the playoffs, a team that is under .500. They're a team that has under performed all season and the Bruins have a chance to not only put the nail in their coffin, but make a little headway on the Canadiens for the division. 

Offensively Philadelphia is good – at least when you look at the numbers. They're 11th in goals per game this season, which is higher than the Bruins. Their power play is 3rd in the NHL with a 22.1% success rate. Third! One of the worst teams in the NHL is actually pretty good offensively, which doesn't bode well for the Bruins defense. 

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Not shockingly, the Flyers problems are in their own zone. They give up 3.00 goals a game, which is good for 25th in the NHL. Whether that's the fault of their defensive unit or Ilya Bryzgalov, or a combination of the two, they have definite issues back there. 

Speaking of Bryz, he's 54th in GAA with a 2.84 clip and has an even worse save percentage. He's 62nd overall (out of 81 goalies) and post a sub .900 clip. It's unreal how bad he's been given the amount of money he receives (like Lucic!). 

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So of course you know what happens tonight right? The Bruins head into Philadelphia and poop their pants. It's just what this team does against shitty competition. For some reason, these aren't the Bruins we've watched over the past couple of years. The Bruins who went into the third period with a lead and held that lead. The Bruins that went into opposing barns and lit them on fire like poor Hershel's barn from The Walking Dead. 

Whatever happens, I hope Claude keeps Soderberg and Jagr together. They've been great, which really says something about Jagr. I know DOY has basically been cumming since April 1st about Jagr, but the guy has definitely had an impact on this team. He's made Gregory Campbell look like a top 6 forward. GREGORY. CAMPBELL. He's taken Carl Söderberg, Mr. SEL, and in two games has made him look (somewhat) comfortable in the NHL game. 

FINISH HIM…


Projected Lines

Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Tyler Seguin
WHO KNOWS – WHO KNOWS – WHO KNOWS
WHO KNOWS – WHO KNOWS – WHO KNOWS
Shawn Thornton – WHO KNOWS – WHO KNOWS

Zdeno Chara – WHO KNOWS
Dennis Seidenberg – Dougie Hamilton
NO IDEA – NO IDEA

Anton Khudobin
Tuukka Rask


Media

TV: NESN
Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Onlined Feeds: HERE

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Game Day Video/Image

Not hockey, but equally as awesome. 

http://youtube.com/watch?v=MVEaeNTYbow

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