Flyers (8-11-7, 23 pts) @ Flames (14-11-1,29 pts)
The Flyers are in Western Canada as they look to snap a 10-game losing streak on a three-game road swing.
First up, the Flyers pay visit to the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
This is the second meeting between the two clubs this season, as Flyers will be looking to exact revenge after blowing a two-goal lead and suffering a 5-4 overtime loss 17 days ago.
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LINE COMBINATIONS (Courtesy of Daily Faceoff)
Philadelphia: Flyers Line Combinations
The Flyers have shaken things up to try and spark the offense. The team was shutout 3-0 by the Bruins over the weekend and changes have been made.
The dynamite top line has been split up and Jordan Weal returns to the lineup on the third line. Jori Lehtera is expected to be a healthy scratch.
Brian Elliott will make the start in goal against his former club.
Claude Giroux — Sean Couturier — Wayne Simmonds
Jordan Weal — Nolan Patrick — Travis Konecny
Michael Raffl — Valtteri Filppula — Jakub Voracek
Taylor Leier — Scott Laughton — Dale Weise
Ivan Provorov — Andrew MacDonald
Shayne Gostisbehere — Robert Hagg
Travis Sanheim — Brandon Manning
Calgary: Flames Line Combinations
The Flames are coming off a 7-5 loss to the Oilers over the weekend. Calgary has been carried by the top line consisting of superstar Johnny Gaudreau and captain Sean Monahan.
Monahan netted a hat trick in the last meeting between the two clubs, while Gaudreau also played a significant role.
Mike Smith is expected to get the start in goal, while Kris Versteeg (hip) remains out of the lineup.
Johnny Gaudreau — Sean Monahan — Micheal Ferland
Matthew Tkachuk — Mikael Backlund — Michael Frolik
Sam Bennett — Mark Jankowski — Jaromir Jagr
Garnet Hathaway — Curtis Lazar — Troy Brouwer
Mark Giordano — Dougie Hamilton
TJ Brodie — Travis Hamonic
Brett Kulak — Michael Stone
Three Storylines to Watch
The top line was separated at times during the game against the Bruins and we’ll see if these new line combinations can ignite the Flyers. Giroux, Voracek and Couturier have developed terrific chemistry and it likely won’t be long before they’re brought back together. For now, the Flyers have three really strong scoring lines that should be able to generate some chances against the Flames. The Oilers got seven goals past the Flames on the weekend and the Flyers will look to feed on their defensive vulnerability.
Brian Elliott will return to Calgary for the first time since signing a two-year contract with the Flyers. He’s 6-6-6 with a 2.98 goals-against average and .904 save percentage this season. Elliott has lost eight straight games and there isn’t a better club for him to get back on track against. He’ll need to find a way to shut down one of the NHL’s top scorers in Johnny Gaudreau, who has 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists) in his past 16 games.
This will be a meaningful game for young blueliner Travis Sanheim, who spent his junior career with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL. It’s his first game at the Saddledome since making it to the NHL. He had an emotional reunion between him and his former billet family Monday morning. Expect an inspired performance from the rookie blueliner.
The puck drops at 9:00 EST.