The Philadelphia Flyers (22-16-6) enter the TD Garden in search of two points against the Boston Bruins (22-18-5) in a matinee match up this afternoon. Both hockey clubs have identical records in their last five games, 2-2-1. The Flyers come off a 5-4 shootout win over the Vancouver Canucks, where on the other hand Boston left Nashville in a 2-1 loss. Both teams played Thursday night.
RASK INJURY FRIGHTENS FANS, BUT APPEARS OKAY TO START
Tuukka Rask left in the 1st period in Nashville on Thursday with an apparent neck injury after taking a Roman Josi slap shot. This scared the Bruins and their fans as Rask headed down the tunnel, not to return for the rest of the game. McIntyre finished the game in place for Rask, making his 5th career appearance. He could not take home any points in the end. After the game on Thursday, Rask explained his injury to the media, Per ESPN.com.
“I’ll be good (for Saturday),” Rask said. “It caught part of my jaw too, so I had to go through the concussion testing there. I just had to make sure the breathing was normal and stuff, so it’s all good.”
This puts minds at ease as Rask seems okay and ready to go for today’s match up against the Flyers. No question this was a scare, but the team and the fans must feel like they “dodged a bullet.” Claude Julien commented as well on Rask, Per ESPN.com.
“Tuukka’s good. I don’t know if we dodged a bullet. He’s just fine. There’s a risk in every game for every player, and he’s fine. That’s the most important thing right now.”
The Bruins loss in Nashville dropped their record to 2-1-1 on their four-game road trip. Today’s game marks the end of the road trip, Bruins taking five points out of a possible eight. Anton Blidh received a five-minute penalty for his hit on Nashville’s Roman Josi, but the NHL will not review it and no disciplinary actions will follow.
NOT EXPECTED TO PLAY
The Bruins will most likely be without defenseman Colin Miller again for second straight game as he continues to recover from a lower-body injury. Matt Belesky skated with the team for the first time since December 3rd but still hasn’t been cleared yet for contact.
This game could mean a lot in the end as both teams could very well each be battling for a wild-card spot in the April playoffs. The Bruins are only 9-10-0 at home this season and the Flyers are 8-10-3 on the road.
BOS: David Pastrnak (19)
PHI: Wayne Simmonds (17)
BOS: Torey Krug (23)
PHI: Jakub Voracek (27)
BOS: Brad Marchand (38)
PHI: Jakub Voracek (40)
Game will be aired on NESN. Puck drop set for 1:00.