Simon Gagne returned to the ice to participate in a full skate with the team yesterday and will be a game-time decision for tonight’s game. Tonight the Flyers look to avoid being swept in their own building by the Bruins and hope to bring it back to Boston for a Game 5. The Red Wings staved off elimination last night and sent their series to a Game 5 against the Sharks, hopefully the Flyers can do the same. If Gagne is ready to play, he will help out our team immensely. Not necessarily for scoring, but having some consistency in the lines will really help. Jared Ross will probably be scratched if he were able to play. Gagne could be lined up with any of the top lines so the possibility of less double-shifting by guys like Richie and Giroux might help out. The Bruins will be without Krejci for the rest of the season because he dislocated his wrist when Richards steamrolled him in Game 3 (that led to the Bruins second goal).
Although the injury plain may be evening out, the Bruins still have a good shot at ending this tonight. Between Rask and their defense’s play, there is not much they need to do differently. The Flyers out-shot the Bruins on Wednesday and controlled the play for the first two periods yet still could not get it done after Recchi’s deflating PP goal early in the 3rd. If the Flyers believe in themselves and truly do not want this season to be over, they’ll come out hard tonight in front of their home crowd. Coming down from 3-0 is not impossible, it just hasn’t been done more than twice and the last time it happened was in 1975. You win tonight, you go back to Boston with a little momentum. You win that one, you put a lot of doubt in their minds that they can finish this off and come back to Philly. You take that one in front of your home crowd, and it’s a Game 7 rubber match in Boston. Gotta get through tonight first.