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.
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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
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
THREE STORYLINES TO WATCH
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.