Game 53 Preview: Flyers vs. Oilers
In the second game of their four-game homestand, John Tortorella's Philadelphia Flyers (21-22-9) will host Jay Woodcroft's Edmonton Oilers (29-18-4) on Thursday evening. Game time at the Wells Fargo Center is 7:00 p.m. ET. The game is a "Throwback Thursday", with all fans receiving a poster with notable players and moments from the 2010s.
The game will be televised on NBCSP. The radio broadcast is on 97.5 The Fanatic with an online simulcast on Flyers Radio 24/7.
This is the first of two meetings this season between the inter-conference teams. The Flyers and Oilers will rematch at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Feb. 21.
Carter Hart will start in net for the Flyers. He'll be opposed by Stuart Skinner.
The Flyers enter Thursday's game coming off a 2-1 home loss to the New York Islanders on Monday evening. Nicolas Deslauriers (3rd goal of the season) notched the lone Flyers' goal, shaving a 2-0 deficit in half in the second period. The Flyers were unable to find an equalizer the rest of the game. In a losing cause, Carter Hart stopped 28 of 30 shots.
Thursday's game is the start of a 3-in-4 stretch for the Flyers over the remainder of the homestand. The homestand concludes on Sunday afternoon.
The Oilers enter this game coming off a 5-2 road win against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. Jack Campbell denied 30 of 32 Detroit shots to earn the win. The Oilers received two goals from Warren Foegele (6th and 7th) and one from Ryan McLeod (9th) as they overcame a 1-0 deficit entering the second period. In the latter stages of the third period, a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins power play goal (23rd) and a long-distance shorthanded empty-netter by Evander Kane (7th) sealed the win.
Foegele (2g), Kane (1g, 1a), Nugent-Hopkins (1g, 1a) and Philip Broberg (2a) all finished with multi-point games on a night where Leon Draisaitl was held off the scoresheet and without a shot on goal. Connor McDavid was contained to a single assist (secondary helper on the Nugent-Hopkins goal) on the night. McDavid extended his point streak to 13 straight games.
For an in-depth preview, including statistical trends and the keys to victory for the Flyers, see today's Five Things
Projected Starting Lineups (subject to change)
25 James van Riemsdyk - 49 Noah Cates - 11 Travis Konecny
13 Kevin Hayes - 21 Scott Laughton - 74 Owen Tippett
86 Joel Farabee - 48 Morgan Frost - 57 Wade Allison
44 Nicolas Deslauriers - 38 Patrick Brown - 20 Kieffer Bellows
9 Ivan Provorov - 45 Cam York
6 Travis Sanheim - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen
24 Nick Seeler - 77 Tony DeAngelo
79 Carter Hart
[32 Felix Sandström]
55 Dylan Holloway - 97 Connor McDavid - 10 Derek Ryan
91 Evander Kane - 29 Leon Draisaitl - 18 Zach Hyman'
21 Klim Kosti - 93 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - 26 Mattias Janmark
73 Vincent Deharnais - 71 Ryan McLeod - 37 Warren Foegele
25 Darnell Nurse -5 Cody Ceci
27 Brett Kulak - 22 Tyson Barrie
86 Philip Broberg - 2 Evan Bouchard
74 Stuart Skinner
[36 Jack Campbell]