WILD CARD TRACKER
1. NYR: 88 pts, 14 games remaining
2. NYI: 75 pts, 16 games remaining
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3. TOR: 74 pts, 16 games remaining
4. TBL: 71 pts, 16 games remaining
5. PHI: 70 pts, 16 games remaining
6. FLA: 69 pts, 16 games remaining
1. SUPER SATURDAY
The Flyers wrap up a three-game road swing against Atlantic Division opponents today, winning the first game, 6-3 at Buffalo, and dropping the second, 4-2 at Toronto… The Flyers have an overall mark of 12-8-2 against the Atlantic… They enter today having earned points in four of their last five games (3-1-1) and are five points back of the final wild card position at 70 points… The Islanders are in action today, as are all four teams within six points of them for the final for the wild card position.
2. HEAD TO HEAD
This is the third and final meeting of the season with each team winning on home ice… The Flyers took a 3-2 shootout win in November, while the Bruins won 6-3 on Jan. 14… The Flyers have scored three of their five goals on the power-play in the series, while the Bruins have tallied seven of their eight goals in the second and third period… Five out of the last six meetings between the two teams have been decided by one goal, including three past regulation… The Flyers haven't had much success in Boston, winning just once in the last five years, going 1-4-2 in their last seven visits.
3. A CHANGE WILL DO YOU GOOD
The Bruins have won nine of their 12 games since relieving Claude Julien and naming Bruce Cassidy as head coach on Feb. 7, going 9-3-0, including 6-1-0 on home ice… In that span, the Bruins have averaged 3.75 goals per-game, while allowing 2.16 goals, outscoring their opponents, 45-26… They have also gone 24.2 percent on the power-play, ranking 11th in the NHL, and killed of 29 of 34 penalties, going 85.3 percent on the PK.
4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
THIS: The Flyers have outshot their opponent in 11 of their last 13 games… They own a better record when getting outshot by their opponent (14-8-3), then when they have the advantage in shots (16-19-5) this season.
THAT: The Bruins are unbeaten in regulation when leading after two periods, posting a 28-0-2 mark, while the Flyers have a 13-2-2 record.
THE OTHER: The Bruins own a record of 7-2-0 in afternoon games this season, while the Flyers have a 6-5-1 mark.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (C: #28 - Claude Giroux)
Giroux will play his 641 career game tonight, which is 12 all-time in Flyers history… He comes into today's game with points in two straight games (1g-1a) and has recorded at least a point in four of his last six outings… Against the Bruins, he leads the team in the season series with three points (1g-2a) in two games… In his last five games against the B's, he has posted eight points (3g-5a)… Eight of Giroux's last 12 points against the Bruins have come on the power play.
BRUINS (LW: #63 - Brad Marchand)
Marchand has points in six of his last seven games, recording seven goals and four assists for 11 points… He leads the Bruins in goals (32) and overall points (70), and is tied for the lead in assists (38)… His 32 goals are tied for 2nd in the NHL, while his 70 points are tied for fourth in the league and a new career high… Against the Flyers, Marchand has six points in the season series, including a five-point game in the last meeting (2g-3a), while recording 19 points (9g-10a) in 24 career meetings.
TODAY AT 50
On this day in 1976, the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Flyers cruised to a 6-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres at the Spectrum. With assists on a Gary Dornhoefer power play goal in the first period and a Bill Barber even strength goal in the third period, team captain Bobby Clarke reached the 100-point mark for the third time in his Hall of Fame career.
Season Series: 1-1-0
All-Time Record: 191 gp (68-92-21-10)
PHI: 54pts, Voracek (17g-37a)
BOS: 70pts, Marchand (32g-38a)
Power Play: (PHI: 47-for-227, 20.7%, 10th) (BOS: 41-for-205, 20.0%, 13th)
Penalty Kill: (PHI: 160-of-200, 80.0%, 21st) (BOS: 183-for-213, 85.9%, 2nd)