The Philadelphia Flyers will play their last home game of 2011 this afternoon against the Boston bruins at 1 pm at the Wells Fargo Center. The next time the Flyers play at “home” is January 2nd at Citizens Bank Park for the 2012 Bridgestone Winter Classic and the next time they play at the Wells Fargo Center is January 5th against the Chicago Blackhawks.
This afternoon’s matchup between the Flyers (20-7-3, 43 points) and the Bruins (20-9-1, 41 points) is a matchup of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers are winner of seven straight and nine of their last ten. They are coming off of a 4-3 win Thursday against the Canadiens. The Bruins have won three straight and a 7-2-1 in their last ten games. They are also coming off a victory with a 5-2 win in Ottawa on Wednesday.
The Flyers have been bitten hard by the injury bug. Captain Chris Pronger is out of the rest of the regular season and playoffs with a concussion. Center Claude Giroux, the NHL leader in points (39), is out indefinitely with a concussion. Rookie center Brayden Schenn is also out indefinitely with a concussion. The losses of Giroux and Pronger are big blows to the East’s top team but if their play on Tuesday against Washington
and Thursday against Montreal
was any preview of what is to come, they are going to be alright. Sergei Bobrovsky (6-2-1, 2.78 GAA) got the start in net in Thursday night’s 4-3 victory against the Canadiens after Ilya Bryzgalov (14-5-2, 2.75 GAA) started the previous six games.
The Bruins have given two thirds of their starts to the reigning Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas (14-5-0, 1.93 GAA) while Tuuka Rask (6-4-1, 1.82 GAA) has played exceptional this year too. The Bruins went the entire month of November without losing a game in regulation going 12-0-1. They are lead offensively by 19 year old, former 2nd overall pick, Tyler Seguin. Seguin leads the team with 13 points and 26 points.
Puck drops at 1 pm at the Wells Fargo Center. The game will be on Comcast Sportsnet and 94.1 WIP. -Steve Dolan