The Boston Bruins have already clinched the Atlantic Division, and they’re on the brink of a franchise-record road winning streak.
Visiting the Philadelphia Flyers may help them get it.
Jarome Iginla will try to help the Bruins move closer to the Presidents’ Trophy by winning a ninth straight road game Sunday against the Flyers.
Boston (51-17-6) will be a favorite to represent the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup finals for a second straight year, and a 14-0-1 stretch only reinforces that status.
The Bruins are also one point ahead of Western Conference-leading St. Louis in the race for the Presidents’ Trophy, which they haven’t won since 1989-90.
They can move closer to securing home-ice advantage throughout the postseason by continuing their dominance on the road.
Boston has won eight straight games as the visitor, matching the single-season franchise record set from Feb. 17-March 8, 1972, and matched at the end of 1992-93.
The Bruins opened the following season with a road victory, marking the overall team record of nine straight.
The current run showed no signs of ending Saturday, when Boston scored the first three goals of a 4-2 win at Washington.
"It’s been fun to win games, and be battling with the top of the league, and to be on some streaks as a group, and to see them go in too," Iginla told the team’s official website after scoring twice in the second period against the Capitals.
Iginla has been a force for the Bruins, putting his slow start well behind him. Of his team-leading 30 goals and 30 assists, the future Hall of Famer has put up 17 and 14 during the Bruins’ 20-2-3 stretch.
"When you look at the start he had, nobody would have predicted that," coach Claude Julien said. "But he’s a pretty streaky goal-scorer."
Now, Iginla is returning to the scene of the start of his dazzling stretch. He had two goals and a season-high four points in a 6-1 win at Philadelphia on Jan. 25, giving him six goals and six assists over his past six visits.
The Bruins are 13-4-1 over the past 18 games there, including the playoffs.
The Flyers are looking to avenge the latest loss, after which they’ve gone 14-5-1 to move one point behind the New York Rangers for second in the Metropolitan Division.
"That was one of our low points this season," right wing Wayne Simmonds said. "They came in and embarrassed us in our building. That can’t happen. We have to come out and have a much better game. We have to prove to the hockey world that we’re a better team than that."
Philadelphia got back on track Friday, beating Toronto 4-2 to avoid its first three-game slide since last facing the Bruins.
Simmonds has come up big of late with six goals and two assists over the past seven games – with all of those points coming in victories. He netted his 25th goal of the season Friday to move three shy of his career high set in 2011-12.
Simmonds, though, has only six assists in 13 career meetings with Boston.
Claude Giroux is tied with Simmonds for the team lead in goals, and he’s netted 11 with 21 assists over the past 21 games. Giroux scored the lone goal against the Bruins in January, but he’s managed only two goals and six assists in 10 career regular-season meetings at home against them.