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Flyers look to extend winning streak against lowly Coyotes

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The Philadelphia Flyers are back on a winning streak, winning three in a row against the Florida Panthers, Winnipeg Jets, and the Seattle Kraken.

For now, the Flyers hold onto third in the Metropolitan Division in the playoff race. The Arizona Coyotes have dropped their last two games of the month, and have been in bad shape most of the season. Ranked seventh in the Central, they’ll be playing for another high draft pick. However, just because you’re going against the 25th-worst team in the league does not mean you let your foot off the gas. Another full 60-minute effort is critical for what should be an easier two points than their last three opponents.

Keeping Up the Good Work

The Flyers were able to rely on Cal Petersen to seal a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Kraken on Saturday night. It was an exciting win for everyone, especially for Petersen. His last start with the Flyers came on November 11th in a 4-2 away victory over his former Los Angeles Kings.

Over their three-game winning streak, the Flyers converted on just one power play out of nine attempts. You would like to see them score a little more, so let’s hope they can take advantage of playing against a club like Arizona tonight. The penalty kill has been unsurprisingly incredible, stopping 7 of 8 penalties taken. They even scored shorthanded again, which is another brilliant feature for a team that struggles to score on the power play.

The real story here are the goaltenders. Sam Ersson has averaged a .959 SV% and 1.00 GAA during this winning streak. These are elite numbers, and he did this against the Panthers and the Jets. The Jets have struggled, but the Panthers are favored to make it to the Stanley Cup Final by much of the media. Cal Petersen’s numbers were a lot less flashy, but he got the job done. Petersen held a .889 SV%, and allowed 2 goals against on Saturday. Even though the save percentage does not pop, he does deserve credit for shutting down all three power plays against the Kraken.

Beating Arizona

The Coyotes have kept their last two games close, but have fallen short each time. Their first loss of February came against the Vegas Golden Knights in a 3-2 final. After going down two goals within the first 2 minutes of the game, it seemed like that was too much to make up against the 2023 Stanley Cup champions. To their credit, they didn’t quit, and Clayton Keller made it 3-2 in the third period, but they were unable to tie the game. In Nashville, it was a game of back and forth until the Coyotes had taken a 4-2 lead over the Predators just four minutes into the 3rd period. Nashville was able to cut the lead in half on the power play, and then score again just four minutes later to tie the game.

Overall, the Coyotes are keeping themselves in games but are still shooting themselves in the foot. Going down two goals in the first two minutes of a game, and blowing a two-goal lead in four minutes are things bad hockey teams do. Their power play went 3/5, and their penalty kill went 5/7. This is a leaky team, but the Flyers cannot stoop to their level tonight. Get an early lead in the first and do not stop until you hear the buzzer.

Frost Warning

Morgan Frost holds a career 9 points (1g, 8a) over 5 games against Arizona. Frost has looked like a legit top nine center in the league after visiting John Tortorella. His best games have always come against the Coyotes, including two four-point outings. Even if he doesn’t rack up the points, I am excited to see him make some offensive plays he may not be able to afford to make against playoff bound teams.

Also, this meme by our Managing Editor, Jake Modugno, is incredible.

PHI Record: 28-19-6, 62 pts, 3rd in Metropolitan

ARI Record: 23-23-4, 50 pts, 7th in Central

When: 7:00pm ET

Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

Broadcast Info: NBC Sports Philadelphia, 93.3 WMMR

Last Game PHI: 2/10/24, 3-2 W vs. Seattle

Last Game ARI: 2/10/24, 5-4 OTL at Nashville

PHI Goalie: Samuel Ersson (14-9-3, .900 SV%, 2.47 GAA, 3 SO)

ARI Goalie: Connor Ingram (17-12-2, .912 SV%, 2.76 GAA, 5 SO)

PHI Projected Lineup

#74 Owen Tippett – #14 Sean Couturier – #11 Travis Konecny

#86 Joel Farabee – #48 Morgan Frost – #89 Cam Atkinson

#27 Noah Cates – #25 Ryan Poehling – #44 Nicolas Deslauriers

#62 Olle Lycksell – #21 Scott Laughton – #19 Garnet Hathaway

#6 Travis Sanheim – #55 Rasmus Ristolainen

#8 Cam York – #9 Jamie Drysdale

#24 Nick Seeler – #26 Sean Walker

#33 Samuel Ersson

#40 Cal Petersen

Scratches: #5 Egor Zamula, #18 Marc Staal

Injuries: #71 Tyson Foerster

ARI Projected Lineup

#9 Clayton Keller – #22 Jack McBain – #8 Nick Schmaltz

#63 Matias Maccelli – #17 Nick Bjugstad – #67 Lawson Crouse

#83 Adam Ružička – #15 Alex Kerfoot – #16 Jason Zucker

#92 Logan Cooley – #29 Barrett Hayton – #11 Dylan Guenther

#90 J.J. Moser – #50 Sean Durzi

#33 Travis Dermott – #24 Matt Dumba

#4 Juuso Välimäki – #5 Michael Kesselring

#39 Connor Ingram

#70 Karel Vejmelka

Scratches: #3 Josh Brown, #38 Liam O’Brien, #53 Michael Carcone

Injuries: #51 Troy Stecher, #72 Travis Boyd

News and Notes

– The Flyers are 52-30-2 all-time against the Arizona Coyotes.

– Philadelphia beat the Coyotes 4-1 on December 7th, 2023. This will be the last time they play each other this season.

– Tyson Foerster left Saturday’s win against Seattle after blocking a Jamie Oleksiak shot. He reportedly left Wells Fargo Center in a walking boot, and he was not on the ice at morning skate. Head coach John Tortorella said he wasn’t sure of Foerster’s status for tonight’s game.

– Samuel Ersson has averaged a .959 SV% over his last two games. This average is higher than any goaltender in the NHL who’s played at least 19 games this season.

–  Travis Konecny, Joel Farabee, and Cam York scored in the last meeting between these clubs. This was the game where York scored a real pretty goal.

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