It’s a tale of two different stories for the clubs competing tonight, but both will play to avoid extending their losing streaks to 4.
The Philadelphia Flyers’ skid began February 11th, losing to Nashville in overtime to a 2-1 score. Since then, they’ve lost twice to the Seattle Kraken. The first match was close, ending in a 4-3 score in favor of the Kraken after the Flyers let their foot off the gas despite a strong start in the first. The second match up was much less than a game, with the Kraken overwhelming the Flyers the most of the night, beating them to a 6-2 score in Seattle.
Things began to go sour for Vancouver on February 11th as well, getting a whooping by the Detroit Red Wings, ending 5-2 in Detroit’s favor. They had a rematch 2 days later, but the results still favored the Red Wings, cruising to a 6-1 victory against the Canucks. Their most recent lost came to the sturdy New York Rangers, losing by a 6-4 margin.
PHI Record: 22-24-10, 54 pts, 7th in Metropolitan
VAN Record: 21-30-4, 46 pts, 6th in Pacific
Last Game PHI: 2/17/23, 6-2 L at Seattle
Last Game VAN: 2/15/23, 6-4 L vs New York Rangers
When: 10:00pm ET
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
PHI Goalie: Carter Hart (16-16-9, .911 SV%, 2.85 GAA, 1 SO)
VAN Goalie: Artūrs Šilovs (0-1-0, .815 SV%, 5.11 GAA, 0 SO)
PHI Projected Lineup
#13 Kevin Hayes – #49 Noah Cates – #74 Owen Tippett
#25 James van Riemsdyk – #48 Morgan Frost – #11 Travis Konecny
#86 Joel Farabee – #21 Scott Laughton – #57 Wade Allison
#44 Nicolas Deslauriers – #38 Patrick Brown
#9 Ivan Provorov – #45 Cam York
#6 Travis Sanheim – #55 Rasmus Ristolainen
#24 Nick Seeler – #77 Tony DeAngelo
#61 Justin Braun
#79 Carter Hart
#33 Samuel Ersson
VAN Projected Lineup
#96 Andrei Kuzmenko – #40 Elias Pettersson – #72 Anthony Beauvillier
#34 Phil Di Giuseppe – #9 J.T. Miller – #6 Brock Boeser
#92 Vasily Podkolzin – #18 Jack Studnicka – #8 Conor Garland
#81 Dakota Joshua – #88 Nils Åman – #15 Sheldon Dries
#43 Quinn Hughes – #74 Ethan Bear
#86 Christian Wolanin – #2 Luke Schenn
#61 Riley Stillman – #57 Tyler Myers
#31 Artūrs Šilovs
#60 Collin Delia
PHI Injuries: Sean Couturier (back), Ryan Ellis (hip), Tanner Laczynski (upper-body), Zack MacEwen (jaw), Cam Atkinson (neck)
Scratched: Felix Sandström, Kieffer Bellows, Olle Lycksell
VAN Injuries: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (lower-body), Tanner Pearson (hand), Thatcher Demko (groin) Ilya Mikheyev (ACL), Tucker Poolman (undisclosed), Curtis Lazar (lower-body), Travis Dermott (undisclosed)
Scratched: Kyle Burroughs
News and Notes
– The Flyers need a “full 60 effort”, with their last two losses appearing to be an issue of energy and attention to details on the ice.
– Despite being one of the best in the league at scoring, the Canucks have struggled to score against other lowly clubs like Detroit, giving the Flyers an opportunity to get back into the swing of things in the offensive zone.
– The Canucks have gone 3-5-1 since Rick Tocchet has replaced Bruce Boudreau, a fan and player favorite around the league.
– After the 2nd period of the 6-2 loss to Seattle on Thursday, John Tortorella used Kevin Hayes-Morgan Frost-Wade Allison as his 4th line, and even used Nicolas Deslauriers on the top line with Noah Cates and Owen Tippett.
Broadcast Info: TV – NBC Sports Philadelphia, Radio – 97.5 The Fanatic