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Flyers host Bruins in pivotal game in playoff race

by Adam Kimelman

FLYERS (28-25-12) at BRUINS (31-22-10)

TV: NHLN-US, TVA, SN1, CSN-PH, NESN

Season series: The Boston Bruins have defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in their two games this season. Chris Kelly scored with 1:51 left in the third period to give Boston a win on Oct 8, and David Pastrnak scored his first two NHL goals for the Bruins on Jan. 10.

Flyers team scope: When goalie Steve Mason signed his contract extension last season, he said the first person he called was assistant coach Jeff Reese. Mason credited Reese for his success in parts of three seasons with the Flyers. When news broke Friday that Reese was leaving the Flyers, Mason was upset. "This is something that has come out of left field," Mason said, according to CSNPhilly.com. "I don't want to comment on it too much. I will say that with [Reese], he was a huge part of getting me to the point where I am in my career now." Coach Craig Berube said wasn't concerned Reese leaving could become a distraction. "Do I look worried?" he said, according to CSNPhilly.com. "No, I'm not worried at all."

Bruins team scope: March comes in like a lion and roars all month for the Bruins. Boston will play 15 games in 27 days, including four sets of back-to-back games. The first comes Saturday against the Flyers and Sunday against the Detroit Red Wings. The Bruins lead the Flyers by four points for the second Eastern Conference wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. "[Saturday] is a huge game for Philadelphia and it should be a huge game for us," Bruins coach Claude Julien said Friday, according to CSNNE.com. "Those are teams that are obviously gunning for us, and if we want some separation then we obviously need to win those kinds of games. I know we've got Detroit the next day, and then [the Ottawa Senators] at the beginning of next week. The month of March is going to be a tough one." Julien said forward Gregory Campbell, out since Feb. 22 because of an upper-body injury, will be a game-time decision. The Bruins have won five straight against the Flyers, four in a row in Boston.

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