Game 77 Preview: Flyers @ Blues
n the second match of a four-game road trip, John Tortorella's Philadelphia Flyers (29-34-13) are in the Gateway City on Tuesday evening to take on Craig Berube's St. Louis Blues (35-35-7) at the Enterprise Center. Game time is 8:00 p.m. EDT.
Both the Flyers are the Blues are playing for the fourth time in the last six nights and the third time in the last four nights. In the Flyers' case, the games have been spread across four different cities (Ottawa, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and St. Louis). Neither the Blues nor Flyers are in the playoff chase in their respective conferences so this is game where energy and connectedness could be a chore to maintain.
This is the second and final meeting of the season between the inter-conference teams. Back on Nov. 8 in Philadelphia, the Flyers defeated the Blues by a 5-1 score.
On Sunday in Pittsburgh, the Flyers out-chanced the Penguins but Pittsburgh was more opportunistic. A late Flyers push, which saw the team cut a 3-0 deficit to 3-2, fell short. An empty netter sealed Philly's fate in a 4-2 loss
. Nicolas Deslauriers (6th goal of the season) and Travis Konecny (29th) scored in a losing cause for the Flyers. A would-be second period goal by Morgan Frost was disallowed due to goaltender interference by Joel Farabee. Samuel Ersson made 27 saves on 30 shots.
The Flyers recalled defenseman Ronnie Attard from the AHL's Lehigh Valley Phantoms yesterday. Attard, who played 15 NHL games for the Flyers in the late stages of the 2021-22 season, will appear in his first NHL game of the current campaign. With Rasmus Ristolainen (upper-body injury, suspected to be a neck issue) sidelined on a day-to-day basis, Attard will step onto a pair with Travis Sanheim and a spot on the power play.
Carter Hart (lower-body injury) remains unavailable for the Flyers. Samuel Ersson, who started Sunday's game in Pittsburgh, is still on the Flyers' roster as an emergency recall. Whether Ersson starts against the Blues or Felix Sandström gets the nod remains to be seen.
86 Joel Farabee - 48 Morgan Frost - 74 Owen Tippett
21 Scott Laughton - 49 Noah Cates - 11 Travis Konecny
25 James van Riemsdyk - 13 Kevin Hayes - 57 Wade Allison
44 Nicolas Deslauriers - xxxxxx -- 22 Brendan Lemieux
9 Ivan Provorov - 45 Cam York
6 Travis Sanheim - 47 Ronnie Attard
24 Nick Seeler - 77 Tony DeAngelo
32 Felix Sandström
33 Samuel Ersson
Available: 20 Kieffer Bellows (played on Sunday), 61 Justin Braun, 58 Tanner Laczynski.
Injured: 55 Rasmus Ristolainen (upper body), 79 Carter Hart (lower body).
20 Brandon Saad - 10 Brayden Schenn - 15 Jakub Vrana
79 Sammy Blais - 42 Kasperi Kapanen - 75 Jordan Kyrou
63 Jake Neighbours - 22 Logan Brown - 17 Josh Leivo
13 Alexei Toropchenko - 26 Nathan Walker - 9 Tyler Pitlick
4 Nick Leddy - 55 Colton Parayko
47 Torey Krug - 72 Justin Faulk
43 Calle Rosén - 51 Matt Kessel
50 Jordan Binnington
1 Thomas Greiss
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