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Game 31, Discussion Thread: Boston Bruins at Philadelphia Flyers

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 12:  An exterior view of the Wells Fargo Center prior to the game between the Vancouver Canucks and the Philadelphia Flyers on October 12, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 12: An exterior view of the Wells Fargo Center prior to the game between the Vancouver Canucks and the Philadelphia Flyers on October 12, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Boston Bruins (20-9-1, 41 pts) at Philadelphia Flyers at (20-7-3, 43 pts)

1 p.m. today at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia

Catch the action on CSN Philly, NHL Network, NESN and 94WIP

[Game Page] - [Boston Perspective]

Today's goaltenders:

GP MIN W L OTL GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Ilya Bryzgalov 22 1245 14 5 3 57 2.75 578 521 .901 1

GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Tim Thomas 21 1184 14 5 38 1.93 632 594 .940 3

Flyers Projected Lineup

Hartnell - Couturier - Jagr
Read - Briere - Simmonds
van Riemsdyk - Talbot - Voracek
Rinaldo - Zolnierczyk - Shelley

Timonen - Coburn
Carle - Bourdon
Marshall - Meszaros

Not sure of the Bruins lineup, but Zdeno Chara has been out. He could return today. We shall see.

Questions to Answer

  1. Today is the first game where the Flyers know they're without Chris Pronger for the rest of the year. It doesn't seem like it'll change their attitude towards the game, but something like that can be jarring. Is there any impact in the way the team plays?
  2. The Bruins are 18-0-0 when they score three goals, so the Flyers keep them to under three goals, right?
  3. Boston is a very good road team, while the Flyers have been just average at home on the season. These trends clearly mean nothing... don't they?
  4. Don't look now, but Matt Carle has points in four straight games. Five?

Go Flyers.