jim davis/globe staff
Winners of five of their last six games, the Bruins practiced in Brighton Friday morning and then made their way to Philadelphia for Saturday’s 1 p.m. matinee vs. the Flyers.
Tuukka Rask, who registered his first win in three weeks with Thursday’s 3-2 triumph over the Lightning, will be in net Saturday for a third straight start, coach Bruce Cassidy said after practice.
The Finnish franchise netminder, now 4-8-2, hasn’t made three consecutive starts since the first week of November.
The Flyers, a dismal 1-5-4 in their last 10 games, have slid to the Eastern Conference basement in the last three weeks. As of Friday morning, they ranked 13th in the 16-team conference, with a record of 8-10-7.
There may be no easy games in the NHL, but with the Flyers easy pickin’s of late, it could be a chance to boost Rask’s confidence even more.
Anton Khudobin, yet to lose this season (7-0-2), will get the call to face the Predators Monday night in Nashville.
David Krejci, held out of Thursday’s game after aggravating an injury, participated in the late-morning workout but wore a red (noncontact) sweater.
Jake DeBrusk, also unable to play vs. Tampa Bay after getting his head slammed into the glass Sunday vs. the Oilers, was part of the workout and did not have any restrictions in terms of contact.
Following conventional wisdom, Krejci would be a scratch for Saturday and DeBrusk a likely starter.
Adam McQuaid, working his way back from a leg fracture, again was among the early-bird skaters. The strapping stay-at-home defenseman is expected to be out through the middle of the month.
Despite winning five of six, the Bruins have been one of the NHL’s worst power-play performers over the last month, going a measly 2 for 32 (6.3 percent) over their last 11 games.
They have not scored a pair of power-play goals in a game since going 2 for 4 vs. the Blue Jackets on Oct 30.
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