Flyers (27-19-9, 63 PTS) @ Golden Knights (36-14-4, 76 PTS)
Philadelphia wraps up their quick two game West coast trip with their first ever game in Las Vegas. The Flyers won their third straight game last night in Arizona, where they defeated the Coyotes in a shootout 4-3. Nolan Patrick scored the shootout winner and Michal Neuvirth became the first player to earn the win after entering the game in the shootout as he had to replace an injured Brian Elliot.
Vegas enters this game on a 3 game win streak of their own, as they defeated San Jose 5-3 on Thursday night.
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LINE COMBINATIONS (Courtesy of Daily Faceoff)
Philadelphia: Flyers Line Combinations
The only expected change from the Flyers tonight should be in net, Michal Neuvirth is expected to start for Philadelphia as Brian Elliot has a lower body injury and will be evaluated when the team returns home after tonight’s game. Alex Lyon from the Phantoms will backup Neuvirth.
Giroux – Couturier – Konecny
Voracek – Patrick – Simmonds
Raffl – Laughton – Weal
Lehtera – Filppula – Weise
Provorov – Gostisbehere
Hagg – MacDonald
Manning – Gudas
Smith – Karlsson – Marchessault
Perron – Haula – Neal
Carpenter – Bellemare – Tuch
Leipsic – Eakin – Lindberg
McNabb – Schmidt
Engelland – Theodore
Miller – Hunt
THREE STORYLINES TO WATCH
After playing the worst team in the West last night, Philadelphia will have a much tougher task on their hands tonight. Vegas is the best team in the Western conference, and the effort level from the Orange and Black needs to be turned up a notch if they want to end this road trip on a high note.
Shayne Gostisbehere added two assists last night to bring his season tally to 32. “Ghost” ranks 4th among all defenseman in points, and seems to get better with each coming game.
Nolan Patrick continues to improve in these recent stretches of games, he won’t show up on the scoresheet from last night but his shootout goal just oozes confidence. Slowly but surely, he’s starting to show signs of what made him the #2 overall pick this summer. Expect his good play to continue in Sin City.