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Flyers/Panthers Preview





PHI: 42-19 (91 pts.), 1st in Atlantic (1st in East)
FLA: 28-32 (65 pts), 4th in Southeast (13th in East)
Where: BankAtlantic Center (Sunrise, FL)

Probable Goalies
Monday: Brian Boucher (16-8, 2.44 GAA) vs. Tomas Vokoun (21-24, 2.60 GAA)

Broadcast Info
Tuesday, 7:30, CSN
Radio: 610 WIP

Hot (last 5) – Claude Giroux: 1 Goal/5 Assists
Not (last 5) – Mike Richards: 4 Assists/-3

Player to Watch – Nick Boynton: With Chris Pronger being out for the next 3-4 weeks, defenseman Nick Boynton suddenly becomes a key player for the Flyers. Sure there is no way to replace Pronger with his overall skill and leadership. But Boynton played well against the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday night despite the Flyers’ defensive effort overall. He registered two hits and blocked four shots in 17:52 of total ice-time. Boynton had just 11:24 in total ice-time the game before against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He is a veteran that has plenty of experience and even won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks last season. I think Boynton on the back end of the defense could be a big key for the Flyers down the stretch. He doesn’t have a set defensive partner yet but has been working with all the defensemen to see who he’s the most comfortable with.

Series Overview: The Flyers currently lead the season series two games to one. The Flyers won the last meeting on the road 4-2. Danny Briere and Mike Richards each had a goal to pace the Flyers. Sergei Bobrovsky was strong in net making 33 saves in the win.

In the first meeting back on November 13th, the Flyers played a great game in which Richards and Giroux each scored two goals. Scott Hartnell also added a goal in the win. They outscored the Panthers 5-1 in the first two periods on the way to an easy 5-2 win. Bobrovsky had a great game between the pipes, making 30 saves.

The second meeting was one to forget for the orange and black. The Panthers dominated the Flyers from the jump, scoring two first period goals on their way to a 5-0 win at the Wells Fargo Center. Vokoun was tremendous in net, making 26 saves in the shutout. Bobrovsky wasn’t quite as fortunate as he gave up four goals on 22 shots in the loss.


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Flyers/Maple Leafs Preview






PHI: 41-19 (88 pts.), 1st in Atlantic (1st in East)
TOR: 29-28 (68 pts), 4th in Northeast (10th in East)
Where: Air Canada Centre (Toronto, ON)

Probable Goalies
Monday: Brian Boucher (15-8, 2.45 GAA) vs. James Reimer (12-5, 2.52 GAA)

Broadcast Info
Thursday, 7:00, CSN
Radio: 610 WIP

Hot (last 5) – Jeff Carter: 3 Goals/2 Assists
Not (last 5) – Chris Pronger: 1 Assist/-4

Player to Watch – Brian Boucher: Can Boucher put the horrific mess at Madison Square Garden behind him? It was the worst game of hockey that I’ve seen in quite some time. The Flyers were just outmuscled from the jump. I think Boucher will bounce back. He has proved it time and time against this season. Whenever he has a bad start, he seems to always respond with a very strong game in net. It’s still a question of which netminder will be the playoff starter. Signs may point towards Sergei Bobrovsky at the moment but a strong rebound start by Boucher tonight would strengthen his chances to get the nod. Boucher has started all three games against the Maple Leafs and had tremendous success in the first two meetings.

Series Overview: The Flyers currently lead the season series two games to one. The Maple Leafs won last Thursday in Philadelphia despite two goals from former Maple Leaf Kris Versteeg. The Flyers blew a 2-1 lead and just couldn’t solve Reimer down the stretch.

In the first meeting back on October 23rd, the Flyers played with an offensive fury and scored five goals on Jean-Sebastien Giguere on their way to a 5-1 win. They got goals from Mike Richards, Ville Leino, Danny Briere, Scott Hartnell, and Blair Betts. Tgey peppered Giguere with 40 shots and seemed to play a flawless game. Boucher had 12 saves on 14 shots for the Flyers in the win.

In the second meeting on December 9th, the team got out to a hot start with first period goals from Leino and Pronger. Briere also had two goals in a 4-1 Flyers win. Boucher started once again against the Maple Leafs and had 27 saves. Mikhail Grabovski had the lone Tornonto goal in the loss.

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