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Isaac Ratcliffe to make NHL debut as Flyers fight to snap 13-game losing streak

The Los Angeles Kings have not been a dynamite club this year, but that doesn’t always mean it’ll be an easy opponent for your own hockey club, especially when they’re staring down the barrel of a 13-game losing streak. In their last 10 meetings, the Kings sit comfortably winning 7 out of the 10 matches against your faithful Philadelphia Flyers, including winning 6-3 in their barn against Philadelphia at the beginning of this month.

L.A. hopes to extend their point streak on the East Coast, posting a 2-0-1 record so far. We could very well watch a low scoring game (Kings are 23rd in league scoring, Flyers 28th), or another matinee massacre based off of Philly’s play of late. Only time will tell, but I encourage everyone to prepared in their spots for a good nap or a show to watch on standby. Things may get a bit uglier.

PHI Record: 13-22-8

LAK Record: 22-16-6

When: 1:00PM ET

Where: Wells Fargo Center

PHI Goalie: Carter Hart

LAK Goalie: Jonathan Quick

PHI Unofficial Lineup

23 Oskar Lindblom – 28 Claude Giroux – 89 Cam Atkinson

25 James van Riemsdyk – 21 Scott Laughton- 11 Travis Konecny

71 Max Willman – 48 Morgan Frost – 20 Gerry Mayhew

76 Isaac Ratcliffe – 82 Connor Bunnaman – 17 Zack MacEwen

9 Ivan Provorov – 61 Justin Braun

6 Travis Sanheim – 70 Rasmus Ristolainen

3 Keith Yandle – 45 Cam York

79 Carter Hart

35 Martin Jones

LAK Unofficial Lineup

19 Alex Lafallo – 11 Anze Kopitar – 9 Adrian Kempe

12 Trevor Moore – 24 Phillip Danault – 33 Viktor Arvidsson

22 Andreas Athanasiou – 55 Quinton Byfield – 23 Dustin Brown

48 Brendan Lemieux – 46 Blake Lizotte – 34 Arthur Kaliyev

44 Mikey Anderson – 8 Drew Doughty

6 Olli Maatta – 3 Matt Roy

33 Tobias Bjornfot – 50 Sean Durzi

32 Jonathan Quick

40 Cal Petersen

Last Game PHI: 4-3 L @ Islanders

Last Game LA Kings: 3-2 W @ Islanders

News and Notes

  • The Flyers enter this game with more confidence than the last. They came up short against the Islanders, but noticeably never gave up in the game, despite falling short by one goal. The Kings’ most recent opponent was also the Islanders, and they were able to get the best of a one-goal game, winning 3-2 on the Island.
  • Gerry Mayhew stays red-hot after scoring another fantastic goal in Tuesday’s loss and was marked as the most effective forward in the ENTIRE line-up. Great news for someone getting a chance to live the dream of playing in the NHL, at 29 years old.
  • Isacc Ratcliffe makes his NHL debut at 22 years old, weighing in at 6’6” and 225 pounds. His obvious physical ceiling has always been there, it has just been a matter of him learning how to leverage his size, and two-way consistencies on the ice.

Broadcast Info: NBC Sports Philadelphia, ESPN+, 97.5 The Fanatic

Injuries:

PHI – Ryan Ellis (lower body), Sean Couturier (upper body), Nate Thompson (shoulder), Derick Brassard (hip), Patrick Brown (knee), Kevin Hayes (hip), Joel Farabee (upper body), Wade Allison (knee)

LAK – Lias Andersson (undisclosed), Alexander Edler (ankle)

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