The Flyers come into tonight’s game playing the second half of games on back-to-back nights after dropping a 2-1 loss to Dallas at home… Last season, the team went 5—7-2 in the second game of back-to-backs… Three of the first five games for the Flyers have been decided by one goal… The Flyers have killed off 14 consecutive penalties, including three straight games killing off all 13 times shorthanded… Both Flyers wins on the year have come when they are leading after the second period and both when the team scores first… The Flyers have scored five of their eight goals in the second period this season, and have just one goal in the first period… The Flyers have had six different players record eight of their goals so far this season… Sean Couturier, Wayne Simmonds, Matt Read and Brayden Schenn all share the team lead in scoring with three points each.
The Bruins come in a much different team from last year with the departures of defenseman Dougie Hamilton and forwards Milan Lucic, Carl Soderberg and Gregory Campbell… They acquired Matt Beleskey, Jimmy Hayes and Zac Rinaldo over the summer… The Bruins are winless this year on home ice, as they opened the season with a three-game homestand where they were outscored 16-7, however the B’s have won their last two games outscoring the opposition 11-5… David Krejci leads the Bruins in scoring with four goals and nine points and has scored in every game this season, riding a five-game point streak… Defenseman Torey Krug ranks second among all defensemen in scoring with six points, all assists, through five games… The Bruins have scored eight of their 18 goals this year on special teams (7ppg, 1shg) and have NHL’s best power play at 38.9 percent, going 7-for-18.
This is the 187th all-time meeting against the Bruins with the Flyers owning a 65-90-21-10 record… The Flyers have dropped their last five games in Boston, going 0-3-2, with their last victory coming on Oct. 6, 2011, and currently have an overall six-game skid against the Bruins, going 0-4-2, with their last win coming on Apr. 23, 2013… Mark Streit has 27 points against the Bruins, 26 of which are assists, in 40 career games… David Krejci averages a point per-game against the Flyers with 26 points (5g-21a) in 26 games… Tuukka Rask owns a 9-1-1 career mark against the Flyers, posting a 1.82 GAA and .937 save percentage, while Jonas Gustavsson is winless in his career against the Flyers, going 0-4-1… Zac Rinaldo will play his first game against the Flyers since being traded in the offseason - Rinaldo was drafted (6th round, 178th overall) and appeared in 223 games as a Flyer… Boston is the only NHL team in which Sam Gagner has not recorded a point in his career - he has gone scoreless in eight games.
Voracek led the Flyers last season with three points in the season series against the Bruins and has lifetime numbers of four goals and seven assists for 11 points in 16 games against Boston… Voracek has been held without a goal through the first five games of the season and has one assist, but leads the team in shots on goal (22) and is second among forwards in ice-time per-game at 18:09… He continues to hold the current “iron-man” streak for the Flyers, appearing in 231 consecutive games entering tonight.
Bergeron is coming off a three-point night in the Bruins last game, with two goals and an assist, including the game-winning tally… He has points in three of his last four games and a total of 12 shots on goal in his last two outings… Bergeron has three goals, all of which are on the power-play, and five points in his five games… He has won the Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL a total of three times, including the last two seasons… Against the Flyers, Bergeron has 26 points (10g-16a) in 36 career games.