After one tune-up for each of the 24 teams in the hub cities, the games finally count. For the Flyers, there are three more opportunities to figure out a successful formula for the first round of the playoffs.

With that in mind, each of the next three games comes against a team that is safe through the qualifiers and comes with the opportunity to move up in the seeding and potentially get the designation of being the home team throughout the playoffs.

It begins against the Boston Bruins, a team that was on a hot streak and running away with the President's Trophy at the time of the pause. It becomes the first test for the Flyers to see where they stand as the playoffs approach.

Game time is 3 p.m.

Team Leaders (Regular Season Stats)

Philadelphia FlyersGPGAPBoston BruinsGPGAP
Travis Konecny66243761David Pastrnak70484795
Sean Couturier69223759Brad Marchand70285987
Jake Voracek69124456Patrice Bergeron61312556
Claude Giroux69213253Torey Krug6194049
Kevin Hayes 69231841David Krejci61133043
Player to Watch
11 Travis Konecny63 Brad Marchand
Last 5 Games: N/ALast 5 Games: N/A
For one, you need to have players bring a lot of energy to these games, and Travis Konecny can be that energy guy. In the exhibition game, you also saw his skill on full display with a great lead pass that set up Scott Laughton for the winning goal. The two will be on the same line for Sunday's game.
In a 4-1 exhibition loss to Columbus, Brad Marchand left the game and did not return. He was a full participant in practice and will play on Sunday, but there is a possibility his minutes could be limited depending on how he performs. He will be worth watching to see if the possible injury affects him in any way.
Projected Goalie Matchup (Regular Season Stats)
79 Carter Hart41 Jaroslav Halak
43 GP, 24-13-3, 2.42 GAA, .914 SV%31 GP, 18-6-6, 2.39 GAA, .919 SV%

Carter Hart got the start on Tuesday and made 11 saves on 12 shots through two periods. He will get the full game against Boston, making his fourth start against the Bruins this season.

Jaroslav Halak gets the start for the Bruins on Sunday with Tuukka Rask still not feeling well. Head coach Bruce Cassidy updated Rask's status on Sunday morning, saying that while Rask is feeling better, he is still unfit to play and will not dress for the game. Halak stopped all 10 shots he faced in Boston's 4-1 exhibition loss to Columbus on Thursday.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Left WingCenterRight Wing
28 Claude Giroux14 Sean Couturier93 Jake Voracek
21 Scott Laughton13 Kevin Hayes11 Travis Konecny
25 James van Riemsdyk38 Derek Grant62 Nicolas Aube-Kubel
12 Michael Raffl44 Nate Thompson18 Tyler Pitlick
9 Ivan Provorov15 Matt Niskanen
6 Travis Sanheim5 Phil Myers
8 Robert Hagg61 Justin Braun
79 Carter Hart37 Brian Elliott

Bruins Projected Lineup

Left WingCenterRight Wing
63 Brad Marchand37 Patrice Bergeron88 David Pastrnak
74 Jake DeBrusk46 David Krejci68 Jack Studnicka
83 Karson Kuhlman13 Charlie Coyle10 Anders Bjork
20 Joakim Nordstrom52 Sean Kuraly14 Chris Wagner
33 Zdeno Chara73 Charlie McAvoy
47 Torey Krug25 Brandon Carlo
48 Matt Grzelcyk79 Jeremy Lauzon
41 Jaroslav Halak80 Dan Vladar

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (14th), Bruins (2nd)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (11th), Bruins (3rd)
  • Recent History vs. Bruins
    • Nov. 10, 2019 - Flyers 3, Bruins 2 (F/SO) (at BOS)
    • Jan. 13, 2020 - Flyers 6, Bruins 5 (F/SO) (at PHI)
    • March 10, 2020 - Bruins 2, Flyers 0 (at PHI)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Bruins
    • Jake Voracek - 31 GP, 6 G, 21 A, 27 P
    • Claude Giroux - 39 GP, 10 G, 19 A, 29 P
    • James van Riemsdyk - 36 GP, 14 G, 12 A, 26 P
    • Carter Hart - 5 GP, 4-1-0, 2.71 GAA, .910 SV%

Where to Watch
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic/97.3 ESPN

Kevin Durso is Flyers insider for 97.3 ESPN and Flyers editor for Follow him on Twitter @Kevin_Durso.

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