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Tonight, NHL on NBCSN doubleheader: Bruins at Flyers, Stars at Sharks

Apr 23, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT

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On what will be a busy night in the National Hockey League — 10 games all told — NBC Sports Network will be front and center with a pair of games in an East-West doubleheader.

Up first is Boston at Philly (7:00 p.m. ET), a game that has little meaning for the Flyers but plenty for the Bruins.

Boston is looking to secure points and stay ahead of Montreal for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference — currently, the B’s are tied on points with the Habs (59) but are ahead in the standings thanks to games played (44 to Montreal’s 45).

Neither team has played exceptionally well as of late. The Flyers are 5-5-0 in their last 10 and were recently bounced from playoff contention while the Bruins are 5-4-1 over their last 10, and have failed to surpass a slumping Montreal team in the points chase.

Once these two teams are done, focus turns out West for a huge game in terms of playoff jockeying.

The Dallas Stars are in San Jose to take on the Sharks (10:00 p.m. ET, and in a very unique position. Despite sitting 10th in the West, the Stars are technically in control of their own playoff fate as they have games remaining against the teams they’re chasing — Detroit, and Columbus.

That said, those upcoming games might mean little if the Stars can’t get a result tonight in the Shark Tank.

Not that it’ll be easy.

The Sharks are one of the best home teams in the league this year, posting a 16-2-5 record at HP Pavilion. San Jose also has plenty to play for tonight as they didn’t get any help on the playoff clinching front last night — if Phoenix had defeated Detroit (the ‘Yotes lost 4-0), San Jose would’ve automatically qualified for the postseason.

Now, they’ll have to do it themselves.

  1. rsl22 - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Why is Boston-Philly a big game? Boston has already clinched, Philly has lottery pick in their future. Play the Jets-Caps game instead. Two hot teams battling for playoff spot sounds a lot more interesting.

    • bruins18 - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      Well Boston’s fighting for the number two seed over Montreal, and has to beat Philly to take the lead in pts. Just those three teams in one sentence is more important then a WPG vs. WAS. Playoff race lol… No offense but seriously… But regardless Boston better get their heads outta their asses and win this game!

  2. puckhead70 - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    As a Philly fan in Florida great for me. Get to see one more game before hitting the links. Even though it really has no meaning for the playoff’s, which game is bigger for national ratings, Caps/Jets probably not no one cares outside those two cities at least not enough to draw in television ratings. Flyers/Bruins still a bigger draw nationally you’ll just have to live with it.

    • rsl22 - Apr 23, 2013 at 5:46 PM

      There were 3 comments on this story, 17 on Jets-Caps article right before this one. I believe you are mistaken.

      • schwanky2112 - Apr 23, 2013 at 6:25 PM

        Sorry bro.. “Go Caps Go”, and Go Jets Go” , along with “What website can I see the game on because I’m blacked out” posts really don’t count…

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