If tonight’s Red Wings – Bruins and Maple Leafs – Flyers games continue down their current paths, Thursday could stand as a night of serious regret for the Philadelphia Flyers.
It’s bad enough that the Boston Bruins are off to a strong start. As sporadically scrappy as the Toronto Maple Leafs may be, the Flyers could really kick themselves if they fail to erase what is a 3-1 deficit heading into the third period.
It probably stings a little extra that they may also look back at some gaffes on two or more of the Buds’ goals.
Arguably the worst came in the video above, but this tally wasn’t pretty for the Flyers, either:
You can see it in that video, but it’s possible that William Nylander‘s goal might be in part based on a mistake by Claude Giroux … and really all three Leafs goals present issues:
So after watching replays… Giroux made a BAD change on the first goal. Second goal wasn't a bad change… Gudas is just freaking slow.
Before Red Wings fans slam Jimmy Howard, he did make a significant save on a Marchand shorthanded change later on in the first. That might be the kind of stop that looms large if Detroit can get back in this.
Meanwhile, the Toronto Maple Leafs opened up an early 1-0 lead against the Philadelphia Flyers, so tonight at least started off in a promising way for the Bruins.
Of course, the night is young, so plenty of things can change …
WATCH LIVE: Huge game as Boston Bruins host Detroit Red Wings
It’s been clear for some time, but Tuesday madeitofficial: the Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers will battle it out for the East’s two remaining playoff spots.
With that in mind, plenty of eyeballs will be on NBCSN as the Red Wings host the Flyers, including those of the Bruins.
As of right now, the Flyers and Red Wings stand above the Bruins because of tiebreaker advantages, yet all three teams are obviously close at 91 standings points. More than anything else, you can safely wager that Boston wants this game to end in regulation.
Here’s a look at the East standings, or at least the portion relevant to these teams:
If that isn’t thrilling enough, consider how much control the Red Wings hold over this race. Detroit isn’t only facing Philly tonight, they’re also taking on the Bruins on Thursday.
As the above graphic shows, the Flyers hold a significant edge in games in hand with four games remaining, but they’ll need to earn it. They finish the season with a daunting set of four games in five days, with two back-to-back sets.
Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol probably says it best: “We’re in work mode.”
Really, there’s not much separating the Bruins, Flyers or Red Wings. It really might come down to which team works the hardest (and/or works “the smartest”).
It all makes for fascinating viewing on NBCSN tonight.