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Philadelphia seeking fourth straight win; Boston trying to end two-game slide

by Matt Kalman / Independent Correspondent

FLYERS (9-5-2) at BRUINS (11-3-2)



The Game

The Philadelphia Flyers will try for their fourth straight win when they play the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Sunday.

The Flyers have won three in a row and are 4-0-1 in their past five games after a 3-2 shootout victory at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

The Bruins have lost two straight, which followed a 10-game point streak (8-0-2). This is the first time Boston has lost consecutive games in regulation this season.


Players to watch

Flyers center Sean Couturier has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past six games and scored the game-deciding goal in the shootout at Toronto.

Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has nine points (six goals, three assists) during a six-game point streak.


They said it

"It's a tough weekend. Two great teams. We got two points tonight, but there's two points up for grabs tomorrow [in Boston]. We'll have to be ready to skate and limit that first line. They seem to be rolling. We have to be ready." -- Flyers center Sean Couturier after the Flyers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 in a shootout Saturday

"Well, offense, right? Maybe Charlie will be a little more shot-oriented now that he's got a centerman that likes to dish. So someone on that line will have to shoot. That's the one thing Jake always brings, he's got a shot mentality. -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy on expectations for Charlie Coyle moving from center to wing to fill in for Jake DeBrusk on David Krejci's line


Flyers projected lineup

James van Riemsdyk -- Claude Giroux -- Joel Farabee

Oskar Lindblom -- Sean Couturier -- Travis Konecny

Carsen Twarynski -- Kevin Hayes -- Jakub Voracek

Andy Andreoff -- Michael Raffl -- Tyler Pitlick

Ivan Provorov -- Matt Niskanen

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Justin Braun

Travis Sanheim -- Philippe Myers

Carter Hart

Brian Elliott

Scratched: Robert Hagg, Chris Stewart

Injured: Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder), Scott Laughton (broken finger)


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Danton Heinen -- David Krejci -- Charlie Coyle

Joakim Nordstrom -- Sean Kuraly -- Chris Wagner

Anders Bjork -- Par Lindholm - Zach Senyshyn

Zdeno Chara -- Connor Clifton

Torey Krug -- Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk -- Charlie McAvoy

Jaroslav Halak

Tuukka Rask

Scratched: Steven Kampfer, Peter Cehlarik

Injured: Brett Ritchie (upper body), Jake DeBrusk (lower body), David Backes (upper body), Kevan Miller (knee), John Moore (shoulder)


Status report

The Flyers did not hold a morning skate. … Lindholm returns after missing five games and Nordstrom is back after missing six. They replace Kampfer and Cehlarik. … Lindholm's return moves Coyle to right wing.


Stat pack

Voracek is one goal from 200 in his NHL career. … Marchand has 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) in his past 15 games. Krug has a five-game point streak (one goal, four assists).

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