The Philadelphia Flyers will try and gain some ground on the top spot in the East Conference standings despite being a little banged-up Sunday, as they host the Boston Bruins (3 p.m. ET on COMCASt) at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers (28-14-4, 60 points) sit two points behind the Bruins (30-13-2, 62 points), who sits just two points behind conference leader, the New York Rangers.
On Saturday, the Flyers downed host New Jersey Devils, 4-1, at the Prudential Center for their second victory of the week, which has featured three games already and a fourth Sunday. Philadelphia began the week with a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild, but then lost 4-1 at the New York Islanders on Thursday.
The packed schedule seems to have taken a toll on the Flyers Saturday, as they lost forwards Jaromir Jager (lower body) and Danny Briere (concussion) indefinitely. Philadelphia is already without defensmen Christ Pronger and left-winger James van Riemsdyk because of concussions.
Meanwhile, the Bruins are looking for their fifth straight victory in Philadelphia, the latest coming last month and featured Boston manhandling the Flyers, 6-0.
On Saturday, the Bruins lost in overtime to the Rangers, 3-2. Backup goaltender Tuukka Rask earned the start for Boston, but starting goaltender Tim Thomas, who made 31 saves against the Flyers in their last meeting, is expected to get the start Sunday.