12:15 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs PHI
Matchup: The Bruins took the first game of the three game series on March 9, in a 3-0 victory in Boston with all of the goals occurring in a span of 2:18 (Seguin, 11:53 - 1st, Kelly 13:28 - 1st, Paille 14:11 - 1st). Today will mark the second of three games between the two teams with the final tilt scheduled for April 23 in Philadelphia. Starting Goaltenders: Rask (15-4-4, 2.02 GAA, .923 Save %) vs. Bryzgalov (13-14-3, 2.83 GAA, .899 Save %). Rask is 3-0-1 with a 1.71 GAA and .940 Save % in four career games against Philadelphia. Bryzgalov is 5-3-3 with a 2.63 GAA and .910 Save % in 11 career games against Boston.
Bruins vs Flyers Lifetime: The Bruins and Flyers are meeting for the 179th time today with the Bruins having a 94-57-21-6 record and a 588-526 scoring advantage. In Philadelphia, the Bruins hold a 42-33-10 record but the Flyers hold a slight 275-268 scoring edge.
Road Warriors: The Bruins are 10-5-2 (22 points) on the road this year, which is the fifth best road record in the NHL and are tied for first (Pittsburgh) with the least goals against (37). Philadelphia has a home record of 9-5-2 (20 points) which ranks 20th in the NHL.
Streaking: Brad Marchand comes into today's game riding a three-game point streak having registered one goal and three assists during that span. Rich Peverley is riding a streak of his own, notching three assists in his last three games. Claude Giroux of the Flyers has the longest streak of any player in today's matchup, having registered six points (2-4=6) over the course of his last four games.
Bergeron Selke Resume: After winning his first Frank J. Selke Trophy last year, Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron has carried his two-way success into the 2013 season. Often playing against the opposition's top line, Bergeron sits third in the NHL with a +24 rating after winning the plus/minus title during last year's campaign (+36). Bergeron has logged 72:58 on the PK and serves as the primary forward on the B's penalty kill unit, which leads the league with a 91.2% success rate, yet has only been on the ice for one of the ten power play goals allowed by the B's this season. On the faceoff dot, the centerman leads the league in winning puck drops at a 62.4% (424/680) clip and his 60.2% proficiency over the past two seasons is the NHL's best as well. Offensively, Bergeron leads the Black & Gold in assists (21) and points (31) and is currently third on the team in goals with 10. The B's alternate captain is also coming off of a four-point game (1-3=4) against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.
Special Teams Battle:
The Philadelphia Flyers boast the NHL's best power play unit having notched 31 PP goals in 128 chances (24.2%). In their last three games the Flyers have gone a perfect 4-4 on the man advantage. The Bruins, however, will look to stymie the Flyers lethal power play, owning the best penalty kill rate in the NHL at 91.2%.
Boston: PP: 14-for-90 (15.6.1%, 23rd NHL), PK: 104-for-114 (91.2%, 1st NHL) Philadelphia: PP: 31-for-128 (24.2%, 1st NHL), PK: 113-for-134 (79.2%, T-21st NHL).
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