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.
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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
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
THREE STORYLINES TO WATCH
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.