Preview: Canadiens at Flyers (Game 54)

Updated: February 8, 2018 at 4:46 pm by Matt Brauckmann

Yes, believe it or not, there is something else going on in Philadelphia sports today.

The Flyers hit the ice to take on the struggling Montreal Canadiens in what is almost a must-win game.

WATCH / LISTEN / FACE-OFF:

TV: NBCSP

LISTEN: 97.5 The Fanatic

PUCK DROP: 7:00 P.M.

LINE COMBINATIONS: Courtesy of Daily Faceoff

Philadelphia: Flyers Line Combinations

The Flyers will roll out largely the same lines as the other night. They’ll hope to generate more than 2 goals against a struggling Montreal team.

Claude Giroux – Sean Couturier – Travis Konecny

Wayne Simmonds – Nolan Patrick – Jake Voracek

Taylor Leier – Scott Laughton – Jordan Weal

Jori Lehtera – Valtteri Filppula – Michael Raffl

Ivan Provorov – Shayne Gostisbehere

Robert Hagg – Andrew MacDonald

Brandon Manning – Radko Gudas

Brian Elliott

Montreal: Canadiens Line Combinations

The Canadiens come into this game missing one of their key pieces in Shea Weber. They’ve struggled to score goals this season and they’ve given up their fair share of goals.

Max Pacioretty – Paul Byron – Charles Hudon

Alex Galchenyuk – Jonathan Drouin – Nikita Scherbak

Artturi Lehkonen – Tomas Plekanec – Brendan Gallagher

Nicolas Deslauriers – Byron Froese – Jacob De La Rose

Karl Alzner – Jeff Petry

Joe Morrow – Jordie Benn

Victor Mete – David Schlemko

Carey Price

THREE STORYLINES TO WATCH

  1. This is almost like a measuring stick game for the Flyers. Not because it’s against a playoff team, but because it’s not against a playoff team. The next two weeks will likely define the Flyers season. By the end of February, they could either be in second place in the division or in dead last in the division. They already beat Carolina, and they need to continue that momentum against Montreal.
  2. Are we finally witnessing the emergence of Nolan Patrick? He’s got points in each of his last two games and four points in his last five. Hakstol has upped Patrick’s ice time from 13 minutes to 16+ minutes in the past two games. Is it a coincidence that he’s now becoming a force on the ice? Not so much. He’s being given the tools to succeed and he is taking them by the horns. I expect that to continue tonight.
  3. Brian Elliott and Claude Giroux combined to save the game in overtime on Tuesday night. That being said, there was a noticeable difference with Elliott back between the pipes. Given the struggles of Alex Lyon and the injuries to Michal Neuvirth, Elliott is going to get significant time down the stretch. Tonight will be his second game back and a chance to really show the Flyers that he is their guy right now.

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