Pre-game Notes: Flyers vs Bruins 3/17/12

Welp. The Senators beat the Canadiens in overtime last night and became the Northeast Division leaders for the first time since November 30th. For the Bruins, losing the division lead means plummeting to 7th place in the Eastern Conference, 4 points out of 6th place (and 5 points out of 8th). Turns out the Senators have another game tonight against Toronto, so a Bruins loss and another Senators win today would mean that home-ice advantage in the playoffs for our dear black and gold would be all but a pipedream.

In the end, they did this to themselves. Now they have to fight their way back out of it. The hope is that such a tremendous slide would galvanize them to action, but do they have what it takes left in the tank to finish off this season strong?

Today is the final meeting between the Bruins and the Flyers, with the Bruins having a 2-1 edge over the Flyers (having dropped the first game on opening night and then winning two straight). These games thus far have been pretty high-intensity, and pretty chippy, but the Bruins lately have not had that same aggressiveness… I’m really not sure what to expect from this game. To make things worse it’s a matinee game and the Bruins almost NEVER gets up for these games. I think the last time I watched a matinee game really feeling like the Bruins came to play right out of the gate was that post-Thanksgiving game against Detroit. Man, remember those days? That was a great game.

Anyways. The Flyers have won their last 2 games and are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games. Ilya Bryzgalov, who earlier this season was a complete and utter sieve, has only allowed 4 goals in his last 5 starts and actually set a new franchise record by putting up three consecutive shutouts. What the hell? What alternate universe are we living?

Projected Lineup:
Lucic – Krejci – Caron
Marchand – Bergeron – Seguin
Pouliot – Kelly – Rolston
Paille РCampbell Р Thornton

Chara – Seidenberg
Ference – Boychuk
Zanon – McQuaid

Tim Thomas in net.

Let’s do this boys. THIS IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF THE SEASON (all 11 games of it).

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