We've officially entered the dog days of the NHL season. Teams in good standing will be facing a grind every night from here on out, whether their opponents are in playoff contention or not.
So on Wednesday, January 16th at 7:30pm EST when the Boston Bruins, one of the best teams in the East, visit the Philadelphia Flyers, one of the worst, the game will play much closer to even than the standings would suggest.
In terms of their home and away records these two teams are basically a coin flip as the Bruins are 10-9-4 on the road and the Flyers are 9-10-3 on home ice. However in this head to head series the home team is 6-1 straight up in the last 7 meetings, so I lean towards the home underdog in this one.
These teams have split their 2 games thus far this season, both in Boston. Yet their last meeting was at the end of September. So after three and half months it will basically be like two new teams are facing each other for the first time.
And specifically in the Flyers net
The Flyers who have used 7 goaltenders this season, due to Brian Elliot's injury, and it looks like they've found the man to hold fort until his return. 20 year Carter Hart will be playing his 11th career NHL game on Wednesday and has been decent in his first 10 with a team best save percentage of .913.