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The TD Garden will host a Winter Classic preview this evening, as the Philadelphia Flyers (14-15-1) come to the Hub for a matchup with the Bruins (16-9-6).
Boston is coming off a disappointing 3-2 overtime loss at the hands of the New York Islanders, a team the B’s just can’t seem to figure out this year. Despite the loss, Boston still is on an impressive 8-1-2 streak in their last 11 games.
Heading in the opposite direction are the Flyers, who are 2-8-0 in their last 10, and 1-4-0 since switching to new head coach Peter Laviolette. After Tuesday’s big 6-2 win over the Islanders, Philly has dropped their last two matchups, a 2-0 shutout to Ottawa and a 4-1 loss in New Jersey.
Here now, a closer look at tonight’s skate at the Garden…