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Flyers looking to close out back-to-back against Bruins strong

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Can we get a sweep?

NHL: APR 05 Flyers at Bruins Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

We’re right back at it again, folks! The Flyers picked up a 3-2 overtime win over the Bruins last night, and did pretty well to keep their bit of momentum rolling into this series. We know that the stakes are high here—the Flyers are trying to climb back into the playoff mix, and the Bruins remain just ahead of them. They’ve put themselves two points ahead of the Rangers, but the Bruins are still three points ahead of them with two games in hand. The Flyers can’t pass them with a win today, but a regulation win would nearly close the gap. It’s becoming a tired phrase, but it would truly be a step in the right direction.

Players to watch

Carter Hart

With Brian Elliott getting the start in last night’s game, that means it’s Carter Hart’s turn in the rotation, and we’re eager to see how he fares in this one. He was solid in his last game against the Islanders on Saturday, rebounding well after his week off and really looking like he was getting back to old form. Tonight, then, will be a test to see if he can (like the rest of the team) continue to build on that strong showing, to prove that the stability is back in his game and he’s getting back to being his old self. Are we expecting a perfect game? No, and that wouldn’t really be fair. But we’re just hoping for something more like Saturday’s performance rather than, well, what we’ve gotten for the rest of the season before that.

Travis Konecny

Over the last little bit here, Konecny’s been quietly pretty productive, but things really broke open for him last night, when he cashed in on a bit of sweet, sweet puck luck, and picked up the Flyers’ first goal of the game. It really looks like he’s starting to get going again, which is great news for the Flyers. Secondary scoring has been a bit of an issue for them this season, and having Konecny be able to find some more consistency would be a huge boost to the team, so we’re going to be keeping our eyes peeled to see if he’s able to keep the ball rolling into tonight’s game.

Two big questions

Can we keep the momentum going?

As we mentioned in the introduction, this game is a decidedly big one for the Flyers. They’ve struggled to consistently build on strong performances before falling back into their bad habits, and it goes without saying that this is something that they’re going to need to avoid if they want to get back into the playoff picture, as they say they do. We’ve seen some improvements from them, of late, but there’s still work to be done, and they can’t afford to keep taking steps back. Tonight is going to be a real test of their ability to avoid those old pitfalls, and keep the ball rolling here.

Can the power play stabilize at all?

Last night was a bit of a mixed bag for the Flyers on the power play. The good news is that they did pick up a goal, care of Sean Couturier in the third period. The bad news is that they also nearly gave up a shorthanded goal on more than one occasion. It really continues to be feast or famine around here, and a bit of stability feels sorely needed. We’re hoping that this can be found sooner rather than later, and tonight would be as good of a time as any to see some of that improvement. But will we get it? Here’s hoping, at least.

Puck drop is at 7:00 tonight, and you can check out the Flyers’ projected lineup below:

Forwards

van Riemsdyk - Couturier - Farabee

Laughton - Hayes - Patrick

Konecny - Giroux - Voracek

Raffl - Laczynski - Aube-Kubel

Defensemen

Provorov - Braun

Sanheim - Myers

Morin - Gostisbehere

Goalies

Hart

(Elliott)


Friend of the pod Skyler of Stanley Cup of Chowder popped in really quickly to talk a bit about last night’s game and a few changes to the Bruins’ lineup for tonight.