The Philadelphia Flyers take on the Boston Bruins with both teams hoping to improve in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers have won just 13 of their 35 games, while the Bruins have won 20 of their 33 games this season. The Flyers are hoping to climb out of the bottom of the Metropolitan Division, while the Bruins are looking to make up ground in the Atlantic Division, so the upcoming game should be a good one.
The Flyers defense has been horrible this season.
The Flyers are having a season to forget with an offense that is scoring just 2.57 goals per game. Cam Atkinson, Claude Giroux and Joel Farabee have combined for 35 goals and 36 assists to lead the top line, but the rest of the offense has struggled. Only six skaters have scored six goals or more and opposing defenses can shut down the top line offense as a result.
In addition to the offense, the Flyers defense has also been a disaster, allowing 3.31 goals per game. Ivan Provorov, Justin Braun and Travis Sanheim have combined for 5.1 defensive points and 201 blocked shots, but the rest of the defensive unit has struggled, allowing opponents to carry the puck into the offensive zone at will. In addition, goaltender Carter Hart has struggled as a starter with a .912 save percentage and a 2.92 goals-against average on 680 shots.
Bruins defense leads the way.
The Bruins have looked good, with their offense stepping up and scoring 3.06 goals per game. Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak have combined for 40 goals and 49 assists to lead the top line, but the back end of the forward unit has also stepped up. Jake DeBrusk, Charlie Coyle and Taylor Hall have combined for 20 goals and 27 assists, while defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Derek Forbort have added nine goals and 18 assists from the point to open up the offense.
The offense has been great, but the defense has been one of the best in the NHL, allowing 2.59 goals per game. Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo have combined for 3.8 defensive points and 88 blocked shots, while Matt Grzelcyk, Mike Reilly and Derek Forbort have combined for 4.7 defensive points and 100 blocked shots to add depth to the unit. The hope is that veteran goaltender Tuukka Rask can step up in goal, as this is his first start of the season in the upcoming game.