BOSTON – The Bruins might be aiming to enhance to 15-2-0 – and a file 10-0-0 on dwelling ice – as they welcome the Philadelphia Flyers to TD Garden on Thursday night time within the second sport of a three-game homestand. Here’s every little thing you want to know forward of the 7 pm ET puck drop on NESN and 98.5 The Sports Hub:
Stralman Subs In: Defenseman Anton Stralman will play in his fifth sport of the season – and the primary since Nov. 3 in New York – on Thursday night time, suiting up on the left aspect of Boston’s third pairing with Brandon Carlo. Jakub Zboril might be a wholesome scratch.
“It’s at all times a little bit of a problem,” Stralman stated of not having performed for 2 weeks. “I feel you go on the market and also you’re attempting to discover your approach, discover the patterns of the sport, all these issues. But it clearly helps with the group being pretty much as good and linked as they’re.”
Stralman, a veteran of 16 NHL seasons, acknowledged that it has been a “loopy begin” after becoming a member of the Bruins on knowledgeable tryout settlement and subsequently having his debut delayed by visa points. As such, it has been robust for the 36-year-old to discover a rhythm.
“Ever since these days, it is simply been attempting to play catch up a little bit bit and work on my sport behind the scenes…simply be prepared when that decision got here and tonight’s the night time,” stated Stralman. “It was good we had a few days training and I really feel like I’m in a great spot mentally and bodily.
“But it type of began bizarre for me…I’ve to take care of it, however that is extra of a psychological half, I feel. But it is a group sport and I’m right here to win and the group is profitable, so that is what makes I’m pleased.”
Video: Stralman returns to the lineup for BOS vs. PHI
No Other Changes: The Bruins’ lineup will stay the identical exterior of Stralman subbing in for Zboril. David Pastrnak will keep on Boston’s high line alongside Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeronwhereas Jake DeBrusk will stick to Taylor Hall and David Krejci.
Linus Ullmark will make the beginning between the pipes.
Video: Montgomery talks with the media earlier than BOS vs. PHI
Opposing View: The Flyers are within the midst of a four-game dropping streak (0-3-1) and carry a 7-6-3 file into Thursday night time’s contest. Philadelphia, which fell to Columbus, 5-4, in time beyond regulation on Tuesday night time, is fifth within the Metro Division with 17 factors.
Travis Konecny paces Philly with seven objectives and 19 factors in 16 video games. Kevin Hayes (4-12-16), Joel Farabee (3-7-10), Tony DeAngelo (3-6-9), and Ivan Provorov (1-7-8) spherical out the Flyers’ top-five in scoring. .
Carter Hart has carried the load in objective with a 6-2-3 file, 2.42 objectives in opposition to common, and .929 save proportion in 11 video games.
Philadelphia’s new bench boss, John Torotorella – a Massachusetts native – will coach in his 1,400th NHL sport on Thursday night time, changing into the primary American-born head coach to hit that mark.
Video: Bruins welcome Flyers to TD Garden on Thursday
Thursday’s Projected Lineup
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David Pastrnak
Taylor Hall – David Krejci – Jake DeBrusk
Trent Frederic – Charlie Coyle – Pavel Zacha
Nick Foligno – Thomas Nosek – AJ Greer
Matt Grzelcyk – Charlie McAvoy
Hampus Lindholm – Connor Clifton
Anton Stralman – Brandon Carlo