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Preview: Flyers at Bruins

Philadelphia hopes to gain in wild card race; Boston looks for seventh win in eight home games

by Matt Kalman / Correspondent

FLYERS (31-27-8) at BRUINS (35-26-6)

1 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN360, NESN, CSN-PH, NHL.TV

Flyers team scope

Goaltender Steve Mason will start for the Philadelphia Flyers after he was the backup to Michal Neuvirth in a 4-2 loss at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday. Mason is 3-0-1 with a 1.45 goals-against average and .954 save percentage in his past four games. "I think at this stage it's about you look at the schedule and you try and manage things," Mason said. "[Coach Dave Hakstol] has I think a game plan in place for what he sees best for the team. I took it as a good opportunity to get a little bit of extra work in and get ready to go again." The Flyers have one win in their past three games (1-1-1) and trail the New York Islanders by five points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. "I think the message we talked about this morning and the good thing about this team is we're always on the same page and if there's a small problem, we fix it right away," captain Claude Giroux said. "I really feel like the guys turned the page and we can't be thinking all day about the Toronto game. We can't do anything about that one. We need to worry about Boston right now and kind of get excited about it."

Bruins team scope

The Boston Bruins, who are coming off a 6-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday, are 9-3-0 since coach Bruce Cassidy took over for Claude Julien on Feb. 7 and have won six of their past seven home games to improve to 18-14-0 at TD Garden. They lead the Maple Leafs by two points for third place in the Atlantic Division; Toronto has one game in hand. "I think when you get a few games in a row where if you get the wins, you play well, I think it builds some confidence obviously," center Patrice Bergeron said. "That's what had kind of been lacking at home. And it becomes a vicious circle almost. So it was nice to get out of that and realize that we can be a good team, and we have to be a good team at home in order to have success. And now we know that we have a lot more home games in the last stretch so it's going to be even more important to be good at home." Forward Tim Schaller (lower body) won't play and is day to day, and forward Ryan Spooner (concussion) will miss his second straight game. The Bruins are playing their last home game before four on the road, including three games in Western Canada road trip. "We always talk about before leaving, we always want to leave on a good note and feel good about yourself going into the road trip," Bergeron said.

Flyers projected lineup

Jordan Weal -- Claude Giroux -- Wayne Simmonds

Brayden Schenn -- Valtteri Filppula -- Jakub Voracek

Nick Cousins -- Sean Couturier -- Matt Read

Chris VandeVelde -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Travis Konecny

Ivan Provorov -- Andrew MacDonald

Brandon Manning -- Shayne Gostisbehere

Michael Del Zotto -- Radko Gudas

Steve Mason

Michal Neuvirth

Scratched: Roman Lyubimov, Nick Schultz, Dale Weise

Injured: Michael Raffl (lower body)

Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Backes

Drew Stafford -- David Krejci -- David Pastrnak

Frank Vatrano -- Austin Czarnik -- Jimmy Hayes

Matt Beleskey -- Dominic Moore -- Riley Nash

Zdeno Chara -- Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug -- Adam McQuaid

Colin Miller -- Kevan Miller

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: John-Michael Liles, Joe Morrow, Peter Cehlarik

Injured: Ryan Spooner (concussion), Tim Schaller (lower body)

Status report

Hakstol said his lineup will be different than the one from Thursday. "I would expect us to look at a couple different things, whether that means lineup changes or a different look at the lines," he said. ... Cassidy will choose between Beleskey or Cehlarik, who were not in the lineup against Detroit, to replace Schaller. "Matt Beleskey's been working hard and he's a guy that can help us. Cehlarik, I think it was beneficial for him to go upstairs and watch a game," Cassidy said.

Who's hot

Voracek has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past six games. ... Pastrnak has an NHL career-best seven-game point streak (two goals, seven assists).

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