'Game 60 Preview: Flyers vs. Canadiens
Returning home briefly, John Tortorella's Philadelphia Flyers (23-26-10) will host Martin St. Louis' Montreal Canadiens (24-29-4) at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday evening. Game time is 7:00 p.m. ET.
This is the second of three meetings this season between the teams and the first of two games at the Wells Fargo Center. The season series will conclude in Philadelphia on March 24. Back on Nov. 19 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, the Flyers fell 1.9 seconds short of a regulation win in an eventual 5-4 (1-0) shootout loss
to the Canadiens.
The Flyers are coming off a western road trip that saw the team go 1-3-0.
In Edmonton on Tuesday, the Flyers played an outstanding first period and led 2-1 heading into the third period. In the final stanza, the Flyers ran out of gas. A high-sticking double minor on Olle Lycksell opened the door for Connor McDavid to take over the game. Edmonton went on to win, 4-2. After playing three games in four nights, the Flyers had a travel day on Wednesday and an off-day on Thursday.
The injury-riddled Habs are playing the final game of a four-game road trip. They are 1-2-0 on the trip so far but are coming off a 5-2 win against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.
Carter Hart will get the start for the Flyers. He'll be opposed by Jake Allen.
The Flyers held an optional morning skate in Voorhees today. Travis Konecny remains out of the lineup with an upper-body injury sustained in Monday's game in Calgary. Tortorella said that he's still unaware of the severity or the timetable for how long the player will be out. The Flyers will start 11 forwards and seven defensemen against the Canadiens, with Kieffer Bellows exiting the lineup and veteran defenseman Justin Braun dressing for the game.
The Canadiens, who have nine players on IR and a couple of others who are still on the active roster but unable due to injury issues, beat the Devils on Tuesday with a patchwork lineup. They'll have a similar look against the Flyers, albeit with some tweaking of defense pairs.
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Projected lineups (subject to change)
13 Kevin Hayes- 49 Noah Cates - 57 Wade Allison
25 James van Riemsdyk - 48 Morgan Frost - 74 Owen Tippett
62 Olle Lycksell - 21 Scott Laughton - 86 Joel Farabee
44 Nicolas Deslauriers - 38 Patrick Brown - xxxx
9 Ivan Provorov - 6 Travis Sanheim
45 Cam York - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen
24 Nick Seeler - 77 Tony DeAngelo
61 Justin Braun
79 Carter Hart
[33 Samuel Ersson]
49 Rafael Harvey-Pinard - 14 Nick Suzuki - 17 Josh Anderson
32 Rem Pitlick - 28 Christian Dvorak- 63 Evgenii Dadonov
68 Mike Hoffman - 27 Jonathan Drouin - 40 Joel Armia
55 Michael Pezzetta - 60 Alex Belzile - 67 Chris Tierney
8 Mike Matheson - 52 Justin Barron
54 Jordan Harris - 26 Johnathan Kovacevic
64 Corey Schueneman - 58 David Savard
34 Jake Allen
[35 Sam Montembeault]