Preview: Flyers @ Oilers (Game 29)

Updated: December 6, 2017 at 7:13 pm by Matt Brauckmann

Flyers (9-11-7, 25 pts) @ Oilers (11-14-1,23 pts)

Something feels different. Oh, we’re coming off of a win!

The Flyers head to the frozen tundra of Edmonton to face a wildly underperforming Oilers team. The first matchup between these clubs was about two months ago and featured a late Wayne Simmonds goal to give the Flyers a 2-1 win.

WATCH / LISTEN / FACE-OFF

TV: NBCSP

LISTEN: 97.5 F.M. The Fanatic

PUCK DROP: 9:00 P.M.

LINE COMBINATIONS (Courtesy of Daily Faceoff)

Philadelphia: Flyers Line Combinations

The Flyers will roll the same lines that got them their first victory in 10 games against the Flames. I expect Dave Hakstol to shuffle around these lines early if the Flyers are failing to generate any sustained offense.

Brian Elliott will start in net and be backed up by the Flyers’ highly touted goaltending prospect, Alex Lyon. Michal Neuvirth headed to the IR today and is expected to miss about a week’s worth of time.

Projected lines

Claude Giroux — Sean Couturier — Wayne Simmonds

Michael Raffl — Valtteri Filppula — Jakub Voracek

Jordan Weal — Nolan Patrick — Travis Konecny

Taylor Leier — Scott Laughton — Dale Weise

Ivan Provorov — Andrew MacDonald

Shayne Gostisbehere — Robert Hagg

Travis Sanheim — Mark Alt

Brian Elliott

Alex Lyon

Edmonton: Oilers Line Combinations

The Oilers come into this game well-rested, not having played since Saturday. In that game, the Oilers found themselves up 6-1 against the Flames only to have that lead dwindle to one before finally closing things out.

The Oilers have struggled this season, but Connor McDavid has still been producing at a rampant pace.

Projected Lines

Milan Lucic — Connor McDavid — Jesse Puljujarvi

Patrick Maroon — Ryan Nugent-Hopkins — Michael Cammalleri

Drake Caggiula — Leon Draisaitl — Ryan Strome

Jujhar Khaira — Mark Letestu — Zack Kassian

Darnell Nurse — Kris Russell

Oscar Klefbom — Matt Benning

Yohann Auvitu — Eric Gryba

Laurent Brossoit

Nick Ellis

Three Storylines to Watch

Brian Elliott will be something to keep an eye on in this game. He has been the go-to guy for the Flyers. Eliott will make his 10th start in the past 12 games. He has been great for the Flyers despite their recent losing streak. That losing streak would have likely been extended to 11 if he were not in net on Monday night. Elliott stopped 43 of 45 shots. That marked the 2nd game in his last 3 starts that he had to make over 40 saves.

Speaking of shots against, the Flyers really need to play better if they want to string together some wins. Monday night’s game saw the Flyers get outshot by 24. Zoom out to the bigger picture and you’ll see that the Flyers have a -61 shot differential over the past 5. That’s concerning, to say the least, and isn’t going to win anyone hockey games.

This game acts as a huge test of courage for the Flyers. They didn’t play well on Monday night, but they managed to hold a second-period lead and squeak out a win. If the Flyers come out, play well, and earn themselves a win, than this team could very well be turning a corner. If they come out and lose miserably, it could be very telling about where this team is going.

The puck drops at 9:30 EST.

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