PHILADELPHIA – Good morning from Philadelphia, where the Bruins will face off against the Flyers this afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center. This will be the second straight week the Bruins appear in a friends-and-family game (Hi Mom!), as most viewers will no doubt be tuned to pigskins instead of pucks. Curious why NBC didn’t pick Bruins-Flyers, and an earlier faceoff, over Capitals-Penguins.
The Bruins will most likely be without Andrew Ference today. Ference will have a disciplinary call with Brendan Shanahan this morning. If Ference is unavailable, Steven Kampfer will dress as the No. 6 defenseman.
Puck drop: 3 p.m.
TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama),100.7 WZLX-FM (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)
Records: Bruins 30-13-2, Flyers 28-14-4
Projected Bruins lineup:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Joe Corvo
Steven Kampfer-Adam McQuaid
Healthy scratch: Zach Hamill
Storylines: The Bruins pasted the Flyers in their last meeting, 6-0. Tim Thomas was in goal for the win, as he should be this afternoon… The Flyers are coming off a 4-1 road win over New Jersey yesterday… Philadelphia, as usual, is reeling with injuries. Danny Briere (concussion), Jaromir Jagr (groin), and Zac Rinaldo (upper body) were injured yesterday. The Flyers are also without Chris Pronger and James van Riemsdyk because of concussions… During their last game, Milan Lucic drilled Rinaldo from behind. Lucic was suspended for one game because of the hit… Chris Rooney and Dan O’Halloran will be the referees. Brian Murphy and Brad Kovachik will be the linesmen.