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Flyers look to avoid season series sweep against Montreal

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The Philadelphia Flyers are shockingly on a winning streak, and they have a solid chance of extending that streak to 4 tonight against the Montreal Canadians.

Cayden Primeau gets the nod tonight in net for Montreal, who will make his first start of the season. Montreal has suffered without starter Carey Price, who’s been out on injured reserve. An already offensively-challenged team bit another bullet when Cole Caufield was sidelined for the rest of the season after scoring 26 goals and 10 assists through 46 games. Despite this loss, Nick Suzuki has found his game as of late, racking up 10 points over his last 5 games played. Montreal will be looking to extend their back-to-back wins against Columbus, and then Buffalo last night to a 3-game winning streak.

The Flyers find themselves in new territory with fans over the last week. After a winning streak, and Dave Scott officially stepping down, fans had put their stakes down for a minute to enjoy themselves some hockey. If you were lucky enough to see past your bloody rage, you would have caught Tyson Foerster’s impressive run, scoring 7 points in his last 5 games up with the club. Now that he is gone, Flyers are back to looking for new ways of scoring goals (looking at you, Owen Tippett).

Montreal slightly edges the Flyers in goals for per game at 2.84 compared to the Flyers’ 2.68.  Philadelphia does, however, have the edge in goals against with 3.26, compared to Montreal’s 3.66, which is a massive difference.

PHI Record: 28-32-12, 66 pts, 7th in Metropolitan

MTL Record: 30-38-6, 66 pts, 8th in Atlantic

Last Game PHI: 3/25/23, 3-0 W vs. Detroit

Last Game MTL: 3/27/23 4-3 W at Buffalo

When: 7:00pm ET

Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

PHI Goalie: Felix Sandström (1-10-2, .884 SV%, 3.49 GAA, 0 SO)

MTL Goalie: Cayden Primeau (0-0-0, .857 SV%, 3.00 GAA, 0 SO)

PHI Projected Lineup

#86 Joel Farabee – #49 Noah Cates – #74 Owen Tippett

#25 James van Riemsdyk – #13 Kevin Hayes – #57 Wade Allison

#22 Brendan Lemieux – #48 Morgan Frost – #20 Kieffer Bellows

#44 Nicolas Deslauriers – #21 Scott Laughton

#9 Ivan Provorov – #45 Cam York

#6 Travis Sanheim – #55 Rasmus Ristolainen

#24 Nick Seeler – #77 Tony DeAngelo

#61 Justin Braun

#32 Felix Sandström

#33 Samuel Ersson

MTL Projected Lineup

#49 Rafaël Harvey-Pinard – #14 Nick Suzuki – #68 Mike Hoffman

#25 Denis Gurianov – #57 Sean Farrell – #27 Jonathan Drouin

#56 Jesse Ylönen – #71 Jake Evans – #11 Brendan Gallagher

#55 Michael Pezzetta – #67 Chris Tierney – #60 Alex Belzile

#8 Mike Matheson – #58 David Savard

#44 Joel Edmundson – #52 Justin Barron

#54 Jordan Harris – #26 Johnathan Kovacevic

#30 Cayden Primeau

#35 Sam Montembeault

PHI Injuries: Sean Couturier (back), Travis Konecny (upper-body), Ryan Ellis (hip), Cam Atkinson (neck), Nicolas Deslauriers (upper-body), Carter Hart (lower-body)

Scratched: Tanner Laczynski

MTL Injuries: Joel Armia (upper-body), Kirby Dach (upper-body)

Scratched: Chris Wideman, Rem Pitlick, Jake Allen

News and Notes

– Montreal leads the season series 2-0 after they gave it to the Flyers in a 5-2 beat down on February 24th and registered a late-game comeback to win 4-3 on November 19th.

– Tyson Foerster shot at 20% while up with the big club. Some of this was due to luck, and the other is his incredible ability to accurately put the puck where he wants to put it.

– Dave Scott is officially stepping down from his Chairman and Governor positions for Flyers super-fan and Comcast CEO Dan Hilferty.

– Carter Hart is out with a lower-body injury, and Samuel Ersson has been recalled on an emergency basis from AHL Lehigh Valley.

Broadcast Info: TV – NBC Sports Philadelphia, Radio – 97.5 The Fanatic

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