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Saturday, January 25th (All times Eastern)

Boston Bruins (31-15-3) at Philadelphia Flyers (25-21-6), 1 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The struggling Philadelphia Flyers will try to put the brakes on a three-game losing streak when they welcome the well-rested Boston Bruins for Saturday's afternoon battle at Wells Fargo Center.

The Flyers were handed a 5-2 setback Thursday in Columbus, giving the club three consecutive losses for the first time since an 0-2-1 slide from Dec. 7-11.

It also marked Philadelphia's sixth loss in eight games and the recent funk has dropped the Flyers into the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, where they are tied with Detroit. Philadelphia is even with Columbus in points, but the Blue Jackets took over the third automatic spot in the Metropolitan Division because they hold the current tiebreaker due to having played two less games than the Flyers.

Philadelphia led Columbus 2-1 in the early stages of the second period, but allowed the Blue Jackets to score four unanswered goals to skate away with the win. Ex-Flyers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky faced his former team for the first time and stopped 26-of-28 shots to record the win.

Brayden Schenn and Vincent Lecavalier tallied for the Flyers, while Ray Emery was left in for all five scores on 39 shots in defeat.

"We're just not defending very well and we're not very good in our own end," Flyers head coach Craig Berube said of the team's recent struggles. "I don't think it's a work-ethic thing. I think it's just execution for the most part."

Philadelphia has lost two straight and four of its last five home games after going 10-0 as the host from Nov. 9-Jan. 8. The Flyers are 13-9-1 as the home team on the season.

The Flyers have won two straight over Boston, but the Bruins have taken nine of the last 13 meetings. Philly also has won the last two encounters at Wells Fargo Center, but the B's have claimed 11 of the past 15 in the City of Brotherly Love.

Boston hasn't played since beating the visiting Los Angeles Kings on Monday. The 3-2 regulation win was just the third victory in the last seven games for the defending Eastern Conference champions.

Brad Marchand tallied twice, including the game winner early in the third period to help the Bruins edge the Kings at TD Garden. Chad Johnson came up with 21 saves and Torey Krug added the other score for the Bruins, who bounced back from Sunday's 3-2 shootout loss in Chicago.

"I'm pretty impressed with our team and how we've handled ourselves," said Bruins head coach Claude Julien.

Boston, which is tied with Tampa Bay for first place in the Atlantic Division, is playing two straight on the road and will close the brief swing Monday against the New York Islanders. The Bruins are just 12-10-1 on the road this season compared to a stout 19-5-2 record on home ice.

The Bruins could have defenseman Dougie Hamilton back in the lineup today after he sat out the last four games with a concussion. Hamilton was cleared for contact on Friday and participated in practice.

Boston forward Chris Kelly also was cleared for contact on Friday and he could play Saturday for the first time suffering a fractured right fibula on Dec. 7 against Pittsburgh.

01/25 10:20:55 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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7:00pm Tonight
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CIN 4
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CLE 2
KAN 8
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WAS 2
ANA 7
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TOR 9
BAL 3
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DET 8
CWS 6
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ATL 0
MIA 1
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TAM 7
MIN 3
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BOS 3
NYY 9
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NYM 0
STL 3
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CHC 9
ARI 2
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MIL 1
SDP 2
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SFG 1
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TEX 5
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HOU 5
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3:35pm Today
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TOR
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ATL 85
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BRK 95
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WAS 101
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DAL
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TAM 3
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BOS 3
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PHI 1
NYR 4
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SJS 4
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