2023 NHL Preseason Preview: Flyers vs. Bruins

Flyers' Tyson Foerster
TARRYTOWN, NY – SEPTEMBER 18: Philadelphia Flyers Forward Tyson Foerster (52) in action during the New York Rangers Development Camp Rookie Game between the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers on September 18, 2021 at the MSG Training Facility in Tarrytown, NY (Photo by Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire)

In their 2023 NHL Preseason back-to-back, the Philadelphia Flyers forced consecutive overtime periods. They closed the road trip with a shootout victory in Boston, then began the homestand with an overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils.

John Tortorella will utilize the bench instead of Rocky Thompson or Ian Laperriere. Nearing the final roster cuts before the 2023-2024 season, skaters hope to piece together their final statements to claim a spot. Some prospects made the right impression, while others regressed, leaving room for improvement before the 2023 Flyers Training Camp finishes:

“A number of guys from camp that I wasn’t sure of have done some really good things. Some guys have been a little bit of a disappointment, but I don’t want to make a snap judgment because there’s been a struggle for a few days within a training camp.”

John Tortorella; 10/2/2023

Tonight, the Bruins visit the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center.

Boston Bruins

The Bruins resumed their training camp practices, and Jim Montgomery didn’t mince words regarding his division of practice squads on Sunday. He explained his way of testing the prospects competing for roster spots:

“You want to see how players respond. You want to see how the first group responds, and even more importantly, the second group. Who keeps pushing? Are they reading it like you are? Do they think that their plate is already set, that maybe they’ll be going to Providence? We want to see who digs in there. Some players did dig in. Some players looked like they were thinking about other things than competing.”

Jim Montgomery; 10/1/2023

Hampus Lindholm found himself in the lineup on Friday. He had a chance to beat Cal Petersen with a shot on goal when the Bruins possessed the puck throughout most of the overtime period. Lindholm is hoping to have a more outstanding impact than he did versus the Flyers during his first game of the 2023 NHL Preseason.

Here’s the tentative lineup for the Boston Bruins:




Philadelphia Flyers

Sam Ersson is scheduled for a complete start versus the Bruins. Ersson saved 8/10 shots on goal in 28:59 in Boston, en route to a combined effort with Petersen.

Tyson Foerster and Bobby Brink are under the microscope, contending for a spot in the lineup. Thus far, Brink has an edge over Foerster, but the roster decisions aren’t solely based on the 2023 Flyers Training Camp; they’ll include previous impressions in the NHL, too. They’re both in the lineup tonight, and Foerster is due to light the lamp.

“We don’t just evaluate on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday of this year. We certainly saw some things last year; maybe a little bit of a struggle on Monday, Tuesday, [and] Wednesday, but we bring it all into the picture. It isn’t just based on what’s happening now. We certainly have to be cognizant of what we saw, especially with Tyson; some of the abilities that he has from last year.”

John Tortorella; 10/2/2023

Here’s the tentative lineup for the Philadelphia Flyers, per Charlie O’Connor:




Game Information

You can watch the Flyers take on the Bruins at the Wells Fargo Center on NBC Sports Philadelphia. The broadcast is available on 97.5 the Fanatic and Flyers Radio 24/7. The puck drops at 7pm.

(Photo by Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire)