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Boston can be first to 100 points; Philadelphia eyes 10th straight win, division lead

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

BRUINS (43-14-12) at FLYERS (41-20-7)



The Game

The Philadelphia Flyers go for their 10th straight victory and first place in the Metropolitan Division when they play the Boston Bruins at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday.

The Flyers are 18-4-1 in their past 23 games and enter the night one point behind the Washington Capitals in the division race. A victory would give Philadelphia its longest winning streak since winning 10 in a row from Nov. 27-Dec. 14, 2016.

Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere will replace Philippe Myers for the Flyers. Myers fractured the patella in his right knee blocking a shot against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday and will miss about four weeks.

Boston, which is 4-1-0 in its past five games and 15-4-0 in its past 19, is six points ahead of the second-place Tampa Bay Lightning in the Atlantic Division. The Bruins are trying to become the first team in the NHL to reach 100 points this season, but they'll be without defensemen Torey Krug and Brandon Carlo, each of whom has an upper-body injury.


Players to watch

Bruins forward Brad Marchand has 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) during a 12-game point streak.

Flyers goalie Carter Hart is 7-0-0 with a 1.72 goals-against average and .942 save percentage in his past seven games.


They said it

"They've been rolling pretty good by the sounds of it. We've been rolling pretty well too, winning a lot of games. Two of the best teams in the East. We're the top team right now, they're the hottest team, so should be a pretty good matchup tonight." -- Bruins forward Nick Ritchie

"I've played one game in two months and coming in against the best team in the League, so it's a good test. I'm excited to help this team out finally. They've been rolling, I'm just trying to catch a ticket on the train. I'm not going to do too much to stick out, I'm just doing anything I can to help keep this win streak going." -- Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak

Nick Ritchie -- David Krejci -- Ondrej Kase

Sean Kuraly -- Charlie Coyle -- Jake DeBrusk

Joakim Nordstrom -- Par Lindholm -- Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy

John Moore -- Connor Clifton

Matt Grzelcyk -- Jeremy Lauzon

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Anders Bjork, Anton Blidh

Injured: Brandon Carlo (upper body), Torey Krug (upper body), Kevan Miller (knee)


Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Joel Farabee -- Kevin Hayes -- Travis Konecny

Scott Laughton -- Derek Grant -- Tyler Pitlick

Michael Raffl -- Nate Thompson -- Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Ivan Provorov -- Matt Niskanen

Travis Sanheim -- Robert Hagg

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Justin Braun

Carter Hart

Brian Elliott

Scratched: None

Injured: Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder), Philippe Myers (lower body), James van Riemsdyk (finger)


Status report

Myers took part in the Flyers' optional morning skate, but the defenseman won't play. It will be Gostisbehere's first game since Feb. 6, and his second since having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Jan. 14. ... Krug was injured against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday and will be replaced by Clifton, who will play for the first time since Dec. 29 because of an upper-body injury.


Stat pack

Pastrnak, who is tied with Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals for the NHL lead with 48 goals, has three goals and three assists during a five-game point streak. Nordstrom will play his 400th NHL game. ... Voracek has 10 assists during a five-game point streak. Gostisbehere is one point from 200 in the NHL.

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