Preview: Flyers vs Bruins 01/16/19

  • Philadelphia Flyers: 17-23-6 (40 pts)
  • Boston Bruins: 26-15-5 (57 pts)

The home stand continues for the Flyers as they face the Boston Bruins at 7:30 on NBCSN. The Flyers are coming off one of their best offensive performances of the season, scoring seven goals against the Wild. The night was capped off with Nolan Patrick recording four points, and James van Riemsdyk earning his first hat trick of the season. The Atlantic division is starting to become a tight battle with second place and the second wild card spot only being separated by two points. Boston in the first match up was able to shut out the Flyers 3-0 with a great performance from Jaroslav Halak. Will the Flyers be able to shut down a powerful Bruins team?

News from yesterday: Flyers have waived forward Dale Weise, and it looks like he is going to be sent down to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Weise has recorded 11 points in 42 games played this season. Fans have shown their feelings of dislike for Weise, and the front office is looking like they feel this way as well. What does this mean, does someone get called up or is there a trade in the works?

Starting Goalies:

  • Carter Hart: Coming off one of his more shaky performances, Hart was still able to hold off the Wild for the win. He comes into tonight with a 4-5-1 record to go along with a 2.69 GAA and a .913 SV%.
  • Jaroslav Halak: Halak in the beginning of the season was helping the Bruins win while Tuukka Rask was struggling. He comes into tonight with a 13-7-2 record to go along with a 2.39 GAA and a .924 SV% and 3 shutouts.

Players to Watch:

  • James van Riemsdyk: Recording his first hat trick of the season, van Riemsdyk has 7 points in his last 3 games. Looks like he is starting to find his game, and that is a good thing for the Flyers moving forward.
  • David Krejci: With the 1st line going cold over the past few games, Krejci has stepped up with 3 goals in his past 3 games. The Bruins have been ride or die sometimes by their 1st line, it is good to get some depth scoring every now and then.

Keys to the Game:

  • Shut down the 1st line: The Bruins have one of the best 1st lines in the NHL. Keeping them quiet will make the Flyers chances at winning better.
  • Power Play: The new look power play was able to score a goal against Minnesota. Let’s see if they can find some consistency.

By: Amedeo Grassia (@bud0522)

Sources: NHL.com

dailyfaceoff.com

bostonglobe.com

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