Preview: Bruins at Flyers
The Boston Bruins have experienced a bit of turbulence after winning five straight, taking some stiff shots from upper-echelon members of the Eastern Conference en route to losing two of their last three. The Bruins will look to return to their winning ways on Wednesday when they visit the team residing one point out of the conference’s cellar: the Philadelphia Flyers.
Boston was felled by the home-run swing of Jeff Petry, as the defenseman made like Mookie Betts and swatted the puck out of mid-air and into the net to give Montreal a 3-2 victory in overtime on Monday. Tuukka Rask’s first loss in his last six starts foiled his bid to tie Tiny Thompson (252) for the franchise record in wins, and the 2014 Vezina Trophy recipient will see backup Jaroslav Halak get the call on Wednesday before having another go at it the following night against St. Louis. James van Riemsdyk highlighted his three-game goal-scoring streak with his fourth career hat trick in Monday’s 7-4 triumph over Minnesota while fellow forward Nolan Patrick completed a personal-best four-point performance by tallying twice to put an end to a 24-game goal drought. “It weighs on you quite a bit,” the 20-year-old Patrick said. “It’s something you think about quite a bit when you go through a slump like that.”
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ABOUT THE BRUINS (26-15-5): Patrice Bergeron joined fellow top-line forward Brad Marchand (club-best 32 assists) with receiving a maintenance day at Tuesday’s practice, but coach Bruce Cassidy told reporters that the two will suit up versus Philadelphia. The 33-year-old Bergeron has collected 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 11 contests since a 16-game absence due to a rib injury and has flustered the Flyers to the tune of recording 33 (14 goals, 19 assists) in 45 career contests — including a goal in a 4-3 overtime loss on April 1. Cassidy expressed optimism about the availability of forwards Chris Wagner (illness) and Jake DeBrusk (lower body) to face Philadelphia after the pair sat out Tuesday’s session.
ABOUT THE FLYERS (17-23-6): Wayne Simmonds, who is the subject of persistent trade rumors and is an unrestricted free agent after this season, upped his value a bit by scoring twice and posting a campaign-best plus-3 rating on Monday. Captain Claude Giroux set up a pair of goals against the Wild to reside within one assist of 500 in his career. The 31-year-old All-Star scored two goals and set up another in three meetings with the Bruins last season, boosting his total to 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists) in 26 career encounters.
1. Philadelphia has permitted the first goal in 22 of its last 29 games.
2. Boston reached out to Providence of the American Hockey League on Tuesday and recalled F Peter Cehlarik, who leads the team with 29 points.
3. The Flyers placed Dale Weise on waivers Tuesday while Edmonton claimed fellow F Colby Cave from the Bruins.