Preview: Flyers at Avalanche (Game 78)

Updated: March 28, 2018 at 1:49 pm by John Gove

The Philadelphia Flyers (38-25-14) could not be more desperate for a victory when they head to the Pepsi Center to take on the Colorado Avalanche for the second game of a back-to-back (41-27-8). Similar to the Flyers, the Avs are in the midst of a dogfight for a playoff spot in the Western Conference, currently sitting two points behind the Anaheim Ducks for the second wild-card position. With both franchises in dire need of two points, Wednesday night’s showdown will very much have a playoff feel to it.

Being in separate conferences, Colorado and Philadelphia only meet on two occasions a season. The Avalanche took the first game in Philadelphia; however, the Flyers are 40-25-14-6 all-time against the Avs.

Watch / Listen / FACE-OFF

TV: NBCSP+

LISTEN: 93.3 FM

PUCK DROP: 10:00 P.M.

Line Combinations: Courtesy of Daily Faceoff

Philadelphia Flyers Line Combinations

Claude Giroux – Sean Couturier – Travis Konecny

Oskar Lindblom – Nolan Patrick – Jake Voracek

Jordan Weal– Valtteri Filppula – Wayne Simmonds

Jori Lehtera – Scott Laughton – Matt Read

Ivan Provorov – Shayne Gostisbehere

Travis Sanheim – Andrew MacDonald

Brandon Manning – Radko Gudas

Peter Mrazek

Colorado Avalanche Line Combinations

Gabriel Landeskog – Nathan MacKinnon – Mikko Rantanen

Tyson Jost – JT Compher – Alexander Kerfoot

Matthew Nieto – Carl Soderberg – Blake Comeau

Gabriel Bourque – Dominic Toninato – Mark Alt

Nikita Zadorov – Tyson Barrie

Patrik Nemeth – Erik Johnson

Anton Lindholm – Samuel Girard

Semyon Varlamov

Three Storylines to Watch

Wednesday night’s game will showcase two Hart Memorial Trophy candidates in Claude Giroux and Nathan MacKinnon. Both individuals have 92 points on the season and are tied for the fourth-most points in the entire National Hockey League. Giroux and MacKinnon can put their respective teams on their backs and carry them to victory, leading them to be the key players to watch tonight. Surprisingly, Mackinnon has been held pointless in his last two games.

It would be in Philadelphia’s best interest to put an end to their contest against Colorado in regulation time. The Flyers have not been successful in extra hockey this year, recording 14 losses after regulation, the most in the NHL.

What this game comes down to, as well as every other contest here on in, is obtaining points. In a tight race for the playoffs, the Flyers have both the New Jersey Devils and Florida Panthers breathing down their necks. Coming out of Colorado without any points is merely not an acceptable option at this point.

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