NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, November 26th
(All times eastern)
Boston Bruins (11-8-2) at Philadelphia Flyers (13-7-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - After a hot start at home, the Flyers have struggled in the
City of Brotherly Love. Philadelphia will try to right the ship tonight at the
Wachovia Center when it hosts the Boston Bruins.
The Flyers began the year 6-0-0 at home, but have lost their last three as the
host (0-1-2) including Friday's overtime setback to lowly Washington.
Philadelphia then hit the road on Saturday and posted a big 4-3 win over the
Ottawa Senators. Mike Richards tied the game at three with a goal in the
second, and Daniel Briere put the Flyers up for good after cashing in on a
Scot Hartnell feed.
Briere, who also had a pair of assists, has scored in three straight games and
has five goals and three helpers over his last three tests. That includes a
hat trick last Wednesday.
Hartnell and R.J. Umberger each chipped in a goal and an assist, and Braydon
Coburn recorded two helpers in Philadelphia's second win in three games.
Backup netminder Antero Niittymaki stopped 26 shots to earn his second win of
Philadelphia rifled a season-high 41 shots against the Sens, who were without
captain Daniel Alfredsson.
This will mark the first meeting between the Bruins and Flyers since a 2-1
victory by Philadelphia in Boston that saw Bruins center Patrice Bergeron
leave the game on a stretcher.
Bergeron was slammed into the boards by Philadelphia defenseman Randy Jones
and was diagnosed with a concussion and a broken nose. He has yet to return to
the ice, while Jones was suspended for two games by the league.
The Bruins began a six-game road trip on Saturday with a loss. After posting a
victory over the Islanders on Friday, Boston headed to New York for the back
end of a home-and-home series and fell by a score of 2-1.
P.J. Axelsson lit the lamp for the Bruins, who lost for the second time in
their last six games. Tim Thomas allowed two goals on 29 shots in the loss.
Boston has lost five of its last six on the road (1-4-1) and are 4-6-1 as the
visiting club this year. The Bruins will also visit Florida, Tampa Bay, the
Islanders and New Jersey on this trek.
The Flyers have won three in a row over the Bruins after losing three
straight. Boston has won three of its last five in Philadelphia.
11/26 10:38:17 ET