Preview; Bruins head to Philly for first game since epic collapse
What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger…what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger…what doesn’t kill us makes us stonger..
The Bruins will try to get back on track after losing four of their last five when they face off against the Flyers for the first time since losing their 3-0 lead in Game 7, as well as the series, to choke away a chance to get to the Eastern Conference Finals last spring.
The playoff series last season is the latest in a rocky history between the two teams in the last few years. The Flyers have been responsible for long-term injuries to Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, and Andrew Alberts. It will be interesting to see how the Bruins respond to both their collapse last season and the physical history of the Flyers. With four losses in the last five games the Bruins will certainly need something to spark them early in the game.
After barely getting into the playoffs last season the Flyers have gotten off to a hot start, sitting at 15-6-4, good for second in the Eastern Conference. A big part of their early success has been Sergei Bobrovsky, the rookie goaltender from Russia who has shored up the Flyers biggest weakness from last season. Bobrovsky is 12-3-2, .926, 2.19 GAA which has his name in early consideration for both the Calder Trophy and the Vezina.
The Bruins also have to worry about those pesky Flyers forwards who are consistent in physicality and production. The Flyers have three players with at least 11 goals and have seven starters with at least 0.5 PPG. Offense comes from everywhere in Philadelphia so it’ll be hard for the Bruins to key in on one or two players making defensive depth more important that most games.
The Bruins will need to come out hard tonight and fight for a lead. A major concern of late has been the Bruins first period lulls. A team like Philadelphia will build up a big lead if you let them outwork you.