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NHL on NBCSN: Bruins look to continue climb vs. Flyers

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NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2015-16 campaign tonight when the Boston Bruins host the Philadelphia Flyers at 8:00 p.m. ET. If you want to watch the game online, you can do so here.

After winning games in Colorado and Arizona, the Bruins’ next task will be to earn their first victory at TD Garden in 2015-16 when they face the Flyers tonight.

The Bruins allowed 16 goals over their three games at home, but two of those contest were against the formidable Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning. Boston was also missing captain Zdeno Chara for two of the games in addition to Dennis Seidenberg. The squad is still without the services of Seidenberg, but the Bruins’ shots allowed has dropped from 35 per game without Chara to roughly 22.7 since his return.

Their offense has also heated up too. Patrice Bergeron stood out on Saturday with three points, including two goals in the final 11 minutes of Boston’s 5-3 win. Meanwhile, David Krejci has been one of the best players so far this season with four goals and five assists in five contests.

That’s an edge the Bruins have over Philadelphia as its top forwards haven’t broken out yet. Claude Giroux has been limited to a goal and an assist in five contests while Jakub Voracek only has one point.

The lack of early output from the Flyers’ stars is a big part of the reason why they’ve scored less than three goals in four of their five contests. They need that to change sooner rather than later, but in the short-term they might be able to win on the strength of their defense and goaltending.

Mason made 30 saves in Philadelphia’s 2-1 loss to Dallas last night and while he’s likely to get the night off, that’s not necessarily a break for Boston as backup goaltender Michal Neuvirth has shutout his last two opponents.

A win tonight for Boston would bring the squad to .500 before it has to begin a tough eight-game stretch in its schedule that includes six road contests. Philadelphia is going into this game with a 2-2-1 record after taking four of six points during its three-game homestand.

PHT Morning Skate: Taylor Hall celebrates Halloween early

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Taylor Hall has a pretty impressive Halloween costume:

Lauri Korpikoski has earned the trust of Oilers coach Todd McLellan. (Edmonton Sun)

The Anaheim Ducks’ upcoming five-game road trip could be vital for coach Bruce Boudreau. (Los Angeles Times)

Here are the highlights from Dallas’ 2-1 victory over Philadelphia:

Vancouver Canucks prospect Brock Boeser is the first University of North Dakota freshman since T.J. Oshie to score a hat trick. (Vancouver Sun)

As previously mentioned, former NHL forward Patrick O’Sullivan has a book that’s been released called “Breaking Away: A Harrowing True Story of Resilience, Courage and Triumph,” which details the abuse he suffered at the hands of his father. Yesterday he did a reddit AMA to promote it. (Reddit)

Finally, let’s end on an unfortunate note regarding Craig Hartsburg:

NHL on NBCSN: Hot Stars, Flyers collide

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NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2015-16 campaign tonight when the Philadelphia Flyers host the Dallas Stars at 7:30 p.m. ET. If you want to watch the game online, you can do so here.

The Dallas Stars entered the 2014-15 campaign with a lot of intrigue, but by the time they gained any traction the Stars had dug themselves into a hole that they ultimately couldn’t recover from. While the story this season has been much different, it will only matter if they can build off of their 4-1-0 start.

That task will continue tonight with Dallas visits Philadelphia.

Known first and foremost for its offense, Dallas certainly has lived up to expectations in that regard by scoring at least three goals in each of its first five games. Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn, and Jason Spezza have naturally led the charge, but part of their early success can be attributed to the hot starts of Ales Hemsky (1G, 5A in five games), Mattias Janmark (2G, 2A), and Cody Eakin (3G, 1A).

Of course, the bigger question surrounding the Stars going into the season was how their goaltending tandem of Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi was going to shake out and while it’s too early to jump to any conclusions, they’ve certainly held their own thus far. It’s not clear which of them will start tonight, but if you want an interesting goaltender storyline, then the Flyers are the team to look at.

Steve Mason had a rough outing on Oct. 10 and couldn’t play on Oct. 12 for personal reasons. Michal Neuvirth started in his place and has gone on to post back-to-back shutouts.

The question now is if the Flyers should go back to Mason or continue to ride the hot hand in Neuvirth. Philadelphia is also scheduled to play on Wednesday against the Boston Bruins, so that has to be factored into coach Dave Hakstol’s decision.

Either way, the Flyers will be looking for more from Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek, who have combined for just three points over the Flyers’ first four games. Philadelphia is 2-1-1 despite that sluggish start, but if the Flyers are to make the playoffs this season, that duo will need to step up. Perhaps that will happen tonight.

Update: The Flyers announced that Mason will get the nod tonight.

PHT Morning Skate: Comparing ’15-16 Jackets start to the worst in history

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 16:  Boone Jenner #38 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates out on to the ice prior to the start of the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 16, 2015 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

How does the Columbus Blue Jackets’ start compare to some of the worst ever? (CBS Sports)

A book coming out this week called “Breaking Away: A Harrowing True Story of Resilience, Courage and Triumph,” details the abuse former NHL forward Patrick O’Sullivan suffered at the hands of his father. (Sportsnet)

Tyson Barrie, who is serving a three-game suspension, doesn’t see himself as a “dirty player or an overly physical player.” (Denver Post)

Taylor Chorney has an opportunity to secure regular playing time with the Washington Capitals. (Washington Post)

Even at the age of 43, Jaromir Jagr is showing that he can still excel at the highest level. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

A poll of players gives the Florida Panthers’ ice a poor review. (Puck Daddy)

Price, Seguin and Tarasenko named NHL’s three stars of the week

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Canadiens goalie Carey Price, Stars center Tyler Seguin and Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko have been named the NHL’s three stars for the past week.

From NHL.com:

Price went 3-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average, .963 save percentage and one shutout to backstop the Canadiens (6-0-0, 12 points) to three wins, leading the team to its best start in its 98-year NHL history.

Seguin tied for first in the NHL with 3-4—7 in three outings to power the Stars (4 1-0, 8 points) to a trio of victories.

Tarasenko notched 3-3—6 and a +6 rating in four games to lift the Blues (5-1-0, 10 points) to four consecutive wins.

Other players that excelled over the last week include David Krejci (3G, 4A in three games), Jason Spezza (4G, 2A), John Tavares (2G, 5A), Torey Krug (5A), and Alexander Steen (2G, 3A in four games).

Among goaltenders, Michal Neuvirth stood out with back-to-back shutouts last week while Martin Jones continued his superb start (1 goal on 63 shots).

Rookie Connor McDavid also started to show what he’s capable of by scoring three goals and five points in four contests.