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Flyers at Bruins: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

Flyers at Bruins: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

BOSTON — Can the NHL’s hottest team keep it cooking in the ice-cold bitter conditions of Boston?

The Flyers (21-23-6) will shoot for a sixth straight win Thursday as they take on the Bruins (27-17-6), who currently occupy the first wild-card position in the Eastern Conference.

The Flyers enter this game 11 points behind the Blue Jackets for the second wild-card spot in the East with Columbus playing in Winnipeg.

Let's take a look at tonight's essentials:

• When: 7 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m.
• Where: TD Garden
• Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia+
• Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• Since winning the 2011-12 season opener, it’s been a rough ride for the Flyers in Beantown. They’re 1-7-2 in their last 10 games at TD Garden and have been outscored 34-18. However, six of those 10 games have been decided by a single goal. 

Over the course of their five-game winning streak, the Flyers have been widely outshot by a 185-118 margin, an average of 37-24 per game (see story).

Apparently, being outshot seems to work for the Flyers this season. They’re 6-18-2 when they outshoot their opponent and 12-5-4 when they’ve been outshot by the opposition.  

Tuesday, Anthony Stolarz became the third different Flyers goaltender to post a shutout this season, joining Calvin Pickard and Brian Elliott. In their history, the Flyers have never had shutouts from four different goaltenders in the same season.

Have you checked out Stolarz’s new “Wrath of Gritty” inspired mask?

Stolarz gave the new look a thumbs-up after Thursday’s morning skate, but isn’t sure when the mask will be in circulation as it’s being shipped from Sweden.

Carter Hart can not only become the fourth Flyers goalie to post a shutout, but he will try to become the first goaltender under the age of 21 to win five consecutive starts since Montreal’s Carey Price reeled off seven straight wins in 2008.

To further exemplify Hart’s maturity in trying to block out distractions, the Flyers' rookie goaltender returned to Allentown to pick up some of his belongings that he had left there previously. Hart elected to keep his Sony PlayStation behind to keep the focus on hockey over the final months of the regular season.

Oskar Lindblom scored the Flyers' only goal just 1:40 into the game against the Rangers. Lindblom has been a strong contributor over the current five-game winning streak with two goals, two assists and a plus-7 rating.

Defenseman Shayne Gostisbhere will miss his third straight game with a lower-body injury. The Flyers were hopeful for Saturday’s game against the Oilers but interim head coach Scott Gordon said that doesn’t look realistic. With very little ice time since his injury, it appears "Ghost" may not be ready to return until next Thursday against the Kings.  

Gordon, a Brockton, Massachusetts, native, will be coaching his first NHL game in his hometown since Nov. 16, 2009, when he was behind the bench of the New York Islanders.

Tuukka Rask will return to the Bruins' net after missing one game with a concussion he suffered Jan. 19. With a win, Rask would become the Bruins' all-time wins leader with 253, surpassing Tiny Thompson, who backstopped the B’s from 1928-38. 

Rask said the best thing for his concussion was basking in the sun and doing nothing during his trip to the Caribbean over the bye week.

Projected lineup

Forwards
James van Riemsdyk-Claude Giroux-Travis Konecny
Oskar Lindblom-Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek
Scott Laughton-Nolan Patrick-Wayne Simmonds
Michael Raffl-Mikhail Vorobyev-Phil Varone

Defensemen
Ivan Provorov-Travis Sanheim
Andrew MacDonald-Christian Folin
Robert Hagg-Radko Gudas

Goalies
Carter Hart
Anthony Stolarz

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Why Flyers fans should be hopeful about post-NHL All-Star break playoff chances

Why Flyers fans should be hopeful about post-NHL All-Star break playoff chances

Today, we break down why Flyers fans should be hopeful for the post-All-Star break stretch. On Sunday, we’ll look at the reasons for concern.

Through 50 games, the Flyers have done two important things. They’ve played well within the division and have dominated at home. 

Those two trends bode well for after the All-Star break because divisional games become much bigger and confidence at home is paramount as the pressure builds.

The Flyers are 17-4-4 at home and 9-2-3 against Metropolitan foes. The marks are notable given the Flyers fell sorely short in those areas last season, when they finished 19-18-4 at home and 10-16-2 in divisional play.

Another positive is the Flyers are getting healthier after the break. Shayne Gostisbehere (knee) could be back Friday in the Flyers’ first game out of the bye week, while Carter Hart (abdominal strain) is expected to return not long after.

But what might be the Flyers’ most convincing piece of evidence for optimism is how they’ve performed against the NHL’s best teams. The Flyers have shown they can play with any club, which is huge for their own belief moving forward.

The Flyers are 11th in the NHL standings at 27-17-6. They've gone 9-5-3 against the top-10 teams and 5-1-1 vs. the top four.

Head coach Alain Vigneault has a history of taking teams to the playoffs, and doing so in Year 1 on the job. At his previous three stops (Canadiens, Canucks, Rangers), each of his first seasons produced playoff bids and at least one series victory.

Vigneault’s track record will be tested over the Flyers’ final 32 games.

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2020 NHL All-Star Skills: Travis Konecny finishes 7th in fastest skater; Mathew Barzal beats Connor McDavid

2020 NHL All-Star Skills: Travis Konecny finishes 7th in fastest skater; Mathew Barzal beats Connor McDavid

Travis Konecny went toe to toe with familiar faces in the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills Friday night.

Among the eight-player field for the fastest skater event, four players were from the 2015 draft class.

Konecny went 24th overall to the Flyers and Mathew Barzal No. 16 to the Islanders, while Connor McDavid was selected No. 1 by the Oilers followed by Jack Eichel at No. 2 to the Sabres.

The first-time All-Star Konecny couldn't take down McDavid, but the competition's three-time reigning champ was dethroned by Barzal at Enterprise Center in St. Louis.

Konecny had fun in the event and scored during the goalie competition.

Right at the start line, I could see my parents, brother and girlfriend, so that was pretty cool — they were right there," Konecny said Friday, via Flyers senior director of public relations and communications Zack Hill. "I was just having fun with them, they're enjoying it just as much as I was. We had a little moment after I finished my lap and I think I was near the bottom, they're laughing and I was laughing. It was over with and I could enjoy the rest of the night.

Barzal took the crown with a time of 13.175 seconds, just ahead of McDavid.

1. Mathew Barzal, Islanders — 13.175
2. Connor McDavid, Oilers — 13.215
3. Chris Kreider, Rangers — 13.509 
4. Jack Eichel, Sabres — 13.540
5. Nathan MacKinnon, Avalanche — 13.895
6. Anthony Duclair, Senators — 14.005
7. Travis Konecny, Flyers — 14.113
8. Quinn Hughes, Canucks — 14.263

Konecny will compete for the Metropolitan Division in the All-Star Game Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, which you can live stream right here.

Here are more sights and scenes from Konecny's All-Star weekend:

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