Preview: Capitals at Flyers (Game 73)

Updated: March 28, 2018 at 9:46 pm by Matt Brauckmann

Last night’s win was huge for the Flyers to say the least, but tonight presents an even bigger test to see where they stand in the dying days of the season. The Flyers come home for a Sunday afternoon matchup against the surging Capitals who have won their last four games.

WATCH / LISTEN / FACE-OFF:

TV: NBCSP

LISTEN: 97.5 The Fanatic

PUCK DROP: 5:00 P.M.

LINE COMBINATIONS: Courtesy of Daily Faceoff

Philadelphia: Flyers Line Combinations

The Flyers will be keeping things the same as they did yesterday against Carolina with a change in goal.

Claude Giroux – Sean Couturier – Travis Konecny

Oskar Lindblom – Nolan Patrick – Jake Voracek

Michael Raffl – Valtteri Filppula – Wayne Simmonds

Jordan Weal- Scott Laughton – Matt Read

Ivan Provorov – Shayne Gostisbehere

Travis Sanheim – Andrew MacDonald

Brandon Manning – Radko Gudas

Petr Mrazek

Washington: Capitals Line Combinations

After struggling a bit in the early days of March, the Capitals have turned it around and are 7-3-0 in their last 10 while winning their last 4.

Alex Ovechkin – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Tom Wilson

Andre Burakovsky – Nicklas Backstrom – T.J. Oshie

Jakub Vrana – Lars Eller – Alex Chiasson

Jay Beagle – Travis Boyd – Devante Smith-Pelly

Dmitri Orlov – Matt Niskanen

Michal Kempny – John Carlson

Brooks Orpik – Christian Djoos

Philipp Grubauer

THREE STORYLINES TO WATCH

  1. The Flyers came out last night and played a relatively flat two periods. They had some scoring chances, but Carolina took it to them and even continued to do so in the third. I think desperation got the best of the Flyers and they turned things around to come back and win, but they need to come out stronger in tonight’s game.
  2. Petr Mrazek will find himself back between the pipes tonight and he really needs to find his game again. He’s had a few good starts since coming to the Flyers, but has also had a few very faulty starts. Alex Lyon started the game last night and did an excellent job of keeping the Flyers in it. Mrazek needs to come out against a good team tonight and redeem himself.
  3. Tonight is an absolute monster game for the Flyers in terms of playoff positioning. If they win, they’ll put themselves within 2 points of the Penguins and 4 points of the Capitals and still have a very good shot at winning the division. If they lose tonight’s game, the Flyers will fall 8 points back of the Capitals and pretty much bury their chances of the 1 or 2 seed in the Metropolitan division. They need a win and they need to do it in regulation.

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