The Philadelphia Flyers (18-18-7), one of the NHL’s top penalty killing teams, travel to take on the Boston Bruins (33-5-4) and their weak power play offense at TD Garden on Monday. Philadelphia is coming off a 3-1 win over the Capitals on Saturday, their third win in a row.
The Flyers committed five penalties in the game, though they held Washington without a power play goal. Scott Laughton, James van Riemsdyk, and Wade Allison scored one apiece for the Flyers. Laughton added an assist to lead the team in scoring.
Carter Hart saved an impressive 39 of 40 shots (.975%) in the win. Boston beat the Maple Leafs 4-3 on Saturday. Four players found the net for the Bruins. Linus Ullmark only stopped 18 of 21 shots (.857%).
HEAD TO HEAD
The Bruins won the first meeting between the teams this season, a 4-1 victory in November, their third straight win against Philadelphia. David Krejci (2G 0A), Nick Foligno (0G 2A), and Pavel Zacha (0G 2A) each had two points to lead Boston. Owen Tippett scored Philadelphia’s only goal. Ullmark got the win, saving 22 of 23 shots (.956%).
Philadelphia is averaging 2.84 goals per game for the season, 26th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Bruins team that is allowing only 2.17 goals a game (1st). Meanwhile, Boston has found the net 3.76 times a game on average, second in the league, and the Flyers are allowing opponents to score 3.16 goals per game (18th).
Boston averages more shots a game (34.3) than most teams in the league, ranking fifth, while the team’s 11.1% shooting percentage is sixth. With an average of 29.7 attempts, Philadelphia ranks 25th.
The Bruins’ 27.59% power play percentage is the fourth-best in the league, while the Flyers rank 28th with a conversion rate of only 16.92%. Boston has been equally impressive at penalty killing, boasting the league’s highest PK% at 85.62%. Philadelphia ranks 18th at 76.38%.
With 46 points this season, Travis Konecny is the top skater for the Flyers. He has 24 goals and 22 assists in 37 games. In the net, Hart (12-12-6) is Philadelphia’s top goaltender. He has a 2.97 GAA and a .907% save percentage.
David Pastrnak leads the Bruins in scoring with 59 points (4th in the league). He has 33 goals (2nd in the league) and 26 assists. Ullmark (22-2-1) has the best goals against average for Boston at 1.88, best in the league. He has a save percentage of .938%, also best.
HOME AND AWAY
Philadelphia has won five in a row away from Wells Fargo Center this season. Boston is 20-1-3 at home this season.
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