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With playoff implications on the line, it’s probably safe to say that the Philadelphia Flyers primetime contest with the Boston Bruins tomorrow night on NBCSN is their biggest of the 2015-2016 season. All year long, Philadelphia has been chasing the final wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference while Boston has been right in position to claim it.
In their last ten games, the Bruins have not fared well with a pedestrian 3-6-1 record. The Flyers, on the other hand, have been 6-3-1 in their last ten, making tomorrow’s contest of extreme importance for both teams. In advance of the game, here are some things to keep in mind.
The Bruins are currently the second highest scoring team in the Conference with 124 goals for, trailing only the Washington Capitals. In addition to the ability to putting the puck in the net, Boston is also tied for third best in the Conference for best road record with 12 wins. In order for the Flyers to counter-attack this and have success, here’s what they need to do:
- Score first- As most teams are, the Flyers have been a very difficult team to beat when they get on the board first this season and when leading after two, they are practically unbeatable. The game can simply be managed in a different way when protecting a lead as opposed to chasing the game from the on-set. It’s imperative (not just tomorrow, but in any game) that the Flyers have a good start.
Embrace the playoff-like atmosphere- I’ll be in attendance for tomorrow’s contest and I am almost positive that Wells Fargo Center will be raucous. The Flyers need to bring a playoff-type mindset into this game because as a team that is currently on the outside of the playoffs looking in, every game from here on out will feel like one that they need to have.