Game 70 Preview: Flyers vs. Panthers
John Tortorella's Philadelphia Flyers (26-31-12) are home on Tuesday evening to take on Paul Maurice's Florida Panthers (35-27-7). Game time is 7:00 p.m. EDT.
This is the third and final meeting of the season between the teams and the second in Philadelphia. On Oct. 19 in Sunrise, the Panthers prevailed by a 4-3 score. The scene shifted to Philly on Oct. 27, where the Flyers won the game by a 4-3 count.
Tonight's game is the third on the Flyers' current seven-game homestand. Philly is 1-1-1 to date on the homestand. On Sunday, the Flyers suffered a gut-wrenching 5-4 overtime defeat
at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes. The Flyers are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games.
On Monday, the Flyers recalled defenseman Egor Zamula from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The team will dress seven defensemen and 11 forwards. Tanner Laczynski (who was limited to 5:29 of ice time last game against Carolina and sat on the bench for most of the latter half of the game) will be a healthy scratch along with Kieffer Bellows and Justin Braun. Carter Hart will get the start in net.
The Panthers, who have won back-to-back games, are 4-0-1 in their last five games and 7-2-1 in their last 10. The team has overtaken the Pittsburgh Penguins for the lower wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Both the Panthers and Penguins have 12 games remaining on their respective schedules. Florida enters tonight with 79 points while the Penguins, who have lost four straight games in regulation, have 78. Pittsburgh is idle on tonight's NHL schedule.
Sam Bennett had to leave last night's 5-2 win in Detroit and was unable to return. He is considered questionable to doubtful for tonight's game in Philly. If he is unable to play, the Panthers will go with an 11F/7D lineup. They will not hold a morning skate today.
For an in-depth game preview, see today's Five Things
Projected lineups (subject to change)
86 Joel Farabee - 49 Noah Cates - 74 Owen Tippett
21 Brendan Lemieux - 48 Morgan Frost - 52 Tyson Foerster
21 Scott Laughton - 13 Kevin Hayes - 25 James van Riemsdyk
44 Nicolas Deslauriers - xxxx - 57 Wade Allison
9 Ivan Provorov - 45 Cam York
6 Travis Sanheim - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen
24 Nick Seeler - 77 Tony DeAngelo
54 Egor Zamula
79 Carter Hart
[32 Felix Sandström]
27 Eetu Luostarinen - 16 Aleksander Barkov - 13 Sam Reinhart
23 Carter Verhaeghe - 9 Sam Bennett (?) - 19 Matthew Tkachuk
94 Ryan Lomberg - 15 Anton Lundell - 10 Anthony Duclair
21 Nick Cousins - 12 Eric Staal - 6 Colin White
42 Gustav Forsling - 5 Aaron Ekblad
18 Marc Staal - 62 Brandon Montour
28 Josh Mahura - 7 Radko Gudas
4 Casey Fitzerald (available)
34 Alex Lyon
72 Sergei Bobrovsky