Winter Classic Preview as Flyers Face Boston Tonight: Game Preview

Brian Biddle with contributions from Chris DiFrancesco-

This game is a preview for the upcoming Winter Classic on New Years Day at Fenway Park. However, tonight is the tale of two different teams. This is the second of four meeting this season with Philadelphia taking the first game on Oct. 22.

The Bruins (16-9-6) are coming into tonight hot. Going 7-1-2 in their last 10 games and the Flyers (14-15-1) have been frost-bitten going 2-8-0 in their last 10.

In their last meeting, the Flyers beat Boston 4-3 in a shootout on Oct. 22 at the Wachovia Center.

“If you continue to beat yourself down, you only drive yourself further into a hole,” defenseman Chris Pronger told reporters after the loss Saturday to the Devils. “We’ve got to pick one another up in here. We’ve got to start acting as team. At the end of the day, we have to play better. It’s not good enough to keep it close. This is no fun.”

The Flyers hope to improve their play as coach Laviolette said he questions his teams conditioning and that they have zero jump to the puck.

Claude Giroux is finally starting to breakout offensively after scoring the teams last 3 goals. The Bruins David Krejci is on a three-game point streak with two goals and three assists.

The Bruins have killed off 78 of their last 86 shorthanded situations (90.7 percent) after giving up eight goals in their first 26 times shorthanded this season. They are tied with San Jose for first in the NHL in penalty killing with an 85.7-percent success rate. The Flyers have the fifth-best power play at 22.5 percent

The Flyers will once again turn to Brian Boucher between the pipes. Boucher would like to improve from his 4-goal letdown against the Devils on Saturday night. James van Riemsdyk has not scored a goal in 12 games, the Flyers need the rookie to step up and start throwing the puck at the net. More so like Jeff Carter. Carter has 27 shots in the past six games.

After tonight the schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Flyers. They have a home-and-home with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday and Thursday.

The points have to start coming, Philadelphia cannot continue to lose all these games in regulation. Look for a bounce back game tonight in Boston.

Quotes: Flyers

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