Have yourself a day, Philly sports.
Before the Eagles take on the Vikings, the Flyers head to the nation’s capital to take on the division-leading Capitals.
Washington is 6-2-2 in their last 10 games and have lost two in a row while the Flyers are 7-3-0 in their last 10 with wins in their last two games.
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LINE COMBINATIONS: Courtesy of Daily Faceoff
Philadelphia: Flyers Line Combinations
The Flyers will roll out the same lines as yesterday with the only change being Brian Elliott making his first start since being pulled in the game against New York.
Claude Giroux – Sean Couturier – Travis Konecny
Michael Raffl – Valtteri Filppula – Jake Voracek
Jordan Weal – Nolan Patrick – Wayne Simmonds
Jori Lehtera – Scott Laughton – Tyrell Goulbourne
Ivan Provorov – Shayne Gostisbehere
Robert Hagg – Andrew MacDonald
Brandon Manning – Radko Gudas
Washington: Capitals Line Combinations
The Capitals come into this game sporting a fairly healthy lineup. As per usual, Alex Ovechkin is leading the NHL in goals (28), but other than that, the Capitals are middle of the road in most statistical categories in the NHL. Here’s what they bring to the table today:
Alex Ovechkin – Nicklas Backstron – Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Andre Burakovsky
Brett Connolly – Lars Eller – T.J. Oshie
Chandler Stephenson – Jay Beagle – Alex Chiasson
Christian Djoos – John Carlson
Dmitri Orlov – Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik – Madison Bowey
THREE STORYLINES TO WATCH
- Despite Brian Elliott’s string of good play after the Flyers 10-game losing streak, he seems to have hit a speed bump again. Elliott has given up 3+ goals and been pulled two times in his last five starts in net. Michal Neuvirth came back from injury and played outstanding in the previous two games, virtually stealing the Toronto game for the Flyers and only letting in one against the Devils. One has to think that Elliott may have been a bit fatigued the past few games, now that he’s had a few days rest, I’d expect him to be in tip-top shape for this one.
- Travis Konecny has literally been everywhere the past few games. He has 9 points in his last 10 games despite Hakstol limiting him to less than 15 minutes of ice-time per night. Dare I say it, but could this be Konecny’s breaking out party? That remains to be seen, but he is primed for a big game today.
- Let’s not underestimate how big this game is for the Flyers. As everyone knows, the Metropolitan division is a jumbled mess of teams with 10 points separating the 1 team from the 8 team. The Flyers find themselves in the middle of that but can gain some huge ground today. If the Flyers win today they would quickly jump to the WC1 position and be 1 point behind Columbus (2 games-in-hand), 2 behind New Jersey (2 more GP), and 6 behind the Capitals for the division lead. What would happen with a loss? Well if Carolina won and the Flyers lost, the Flyers would be tied for the basement spot in the Metro and still not be in a playoff spot. That’s just how big today’s game is.