Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins (-175, 5.5)
After thwarting a potential three-game winless streak with a victory in their last outing, the Boston Bruins will look to prevent the visiting Philadelphia Flyers from doing the same at their own expense on Saturday afternoon. Tyler Seguin collected two goals and an assist as Boston posted a 4-2 triumph over Original Six rival Toronto on Thursday. Seguin torched the Flyers last season with three goals and as many assists as the Bruins won three of four meetings.
Philadelphia saw its three-goal lead evaporate on Thursday en route to a 5-4 loss to Keystone State rival Pittsburgh. The Flyers struggled to reach the NHL's version of .500 by winning five of seven, only to lose their last two contests to a pair of Atlantic Division foes. The road hasn't been kind for coach Peter Laviolette's club, which is just 4-9-0 away from the City of Brotherly Love. TV:
1 p.m. ET, NHL Network, NHL Network-Canada, CSN (Philadelphia), NESN (Boston)
ABOUT THE FLYERS (11-13-1):
Ilya Bryzgalov has been a workhorse this season for Philadelphia, but the Russian netminder made an early exit against the Penguins. Bryzgalov, who has started 23 of 25 games this season, has fared well in Beantown - posting a 3-0-2 record with a 1.96 goals-against average in regular-season tilts. Jakub Voracek has fueled the Flyers with nine goals and as many assists in his last nine contests. Voracek, who has just three points in seven career games versus Boston, leads Philadelphia with 12 goals and shares top honors in assists (17) with captain Claude Giroux.ABOUT THE BRUINS (15-3-3):
Boston's schedule picks up on Saturday as coach Claude Julien's club begins a stretch of six games in nine days. A key contest against Northeast Division rival Ottawa is slated for Monday, while the first of two games versus Eastern Conference power Pittsburgh also is in the stretch. Anton Khudobin turned aside 25 shots against Toronto, but Tuukka Rask is slated to draw the start on Saturday. The Finn hasn't faced the Flyers since the Bruins completed an epic postseason collapse with a Game 7 loss in the second round of the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs.TRENDS:
* Flyers are 5-1 in their last six Saturday games.
* Over is 4-1 in Flyers’ last five road games.
* Flyers are 1-9 in the last 10 meetings.
* Under is 4-1 in Bruins’ last five Saturday games.OVERTIME:
1. Philadelphia RW Wayne Simmonds has yet to score a goal in nine career regular-season games versus Boston.
2. The Bruins recalled RW Jordan Caron from Providence of the American Hockey League on Friday. Caron practiced on the third line with C Rich Peverley and
LW Chris Kelly.
3. Three of the teams' four meetings in 2011-12 were decided by just one goal. The other was a 6-0 rout by Boston on Dec. 17, 2011.