The Flyers face off against the Bruins for the third and final time, marking the first Eastern Conference team they will close out the season series against… The Flyers are 2-0-0 against the Bruins with a pair of one-goal victories, BOTH of which the Flyers came from behind in the third period to walk away with the full two points… The Flyers are looking to sweep the season series against the Bruins for the first time in franchise history with no ties or losses of any kind… A victory or loss in overtime/shootout would still mark just the third time in franchise history that the Flyers went an entire season series against the Bruins with no ties or regulation losses (2002-03: 1-0-2-1 & 1999-00: 3-0-1).
The Flyers come into tonight having dropped three of their last four games, including their last two in regulation… They have had five consecutive games decided by one goal as well as eight of their last nine games… The Flyers have also scored four of their last five goals on the power play, going 4-for-9 in the last two games… The Bruins have won four of their last five games, while keeping their opponent to two goals or less in those four victories… The Bruins have also been road warriors this season, earning points in 17 of 22 road games with a 14-5-3 record, and their 14 road victories are tied for second in the Eastern Conference and tied for third in the entire league… Boston has not scored a power-play goal in their last five games, but has not allowed a goal on the penalty kill in nine straight games, going perfect in their last 25 times shorthanded.
Wayne Simmonds (2g-2a) has points in four of his last five games, Claude Giroux has eight points (2g-6a) in his last seven games, while Jakub Voracek (2g-5a) has points in four of his last five games - together that line has combined for 25 points in their last 10 games… Brad Marchand is currently on a five-game point streak (4g-1a), as well as a four-game goal-scoring streak - he leads the Bruins with 19 goals so far this season… Patrice Bergeron has a four-game point streak in which he has three goals and five points - he leads the B’s overall with 43 points in 47 games… Back up goaltender Jonas Gustavsson is a perfect 3-0-0 in his last three starts with a 1.33 GAA and .954 save percentage.
The rookie defenseman is coming off a two-point night against the Penguins with two assists for his fourth multi-point game of the year… He leads the Flyers defense with 19 points, which also ranks sixth on the team overall… He leads all rookie defensemen in goals (8) and is tied for the lead in points (19) having played 22 less games than the player he is tied with (STL: Parayko)… His 19 points also place him in the Top 10 (tied for 10th) among all NHL rookies, having played only 27 games.
The Bruins center has two games under his belt after returning from an upper-body injury that caused him to miss 10 games… Despite missing time, he ranks fourth on the team in goals (11), assists (23) and points (34) in 37 games played… Krejci has been thorn in the side of the Flyers, recording two assists in his only game against them this season and averaging over a point per-game in his career with 28 points (5g-23a) in 27 games… Krejci has spent all 10 years of his career with the Bruins, who selected him in the second round (63rd overall) in the 2004 NHL Draft.