Alex Lyon is starting goal for the Flyers when they host the Montreal Canadiens Tuesday evening at the Wells Fargo Center.
Lyon was excellent in relief of the injured Michal Neuvirth in a 7-4 win against the New York Rangers on Sunday. Petr Mrazek, who was acquired in a trade with the Detroit Red Wings on Monday, will be the backup.
21-year-old Swedish winger Oskar Lindblom of the AHL Phantoms, who was recalled by the Flyers on Monday evening, is expected to make his NHL debut.
The Flyers are 6-0-2 in their past eight games and are currently tied with the New Jersey Devils for third place in the Metropolitan Division, four points behind the second-place Pittsburgh Penguins. The Habs, meanwhile, have lost five straight games.
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LINE COMBINATIONS (Courtesy of Daily Faceoff)
Philadelphia: Flyers Line Combinations
The Flyers are now down two goalies with Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth both expected to miss significant time.
Wayne Simmonds is out 2-3 weeks with an “upper-body” injury, paving the way for Lindblom to make his NHL debut.
Nolan Patrick is expected to move up to the first power-play unit with the absence of Simmonds.
Claude Giroux – Sean Couturier – Travis Konecny
Jordan Weal – Nolan Patrick – Jakub Voracek
Oskar Lindblom – Scott Laughton – Michael Raffl
Jori Lehtera – Valtteri Filppula – Dale Weise
Ivan Provorov – Shayne Gostisbehere
Robert Hagg – Andrew MacDonald
Brandon Manning – Radko Gudas
Montreal: Canadiens Line Combinations
The struggling Habs are dealing with some injuries to key players, including Shea Weber (foot), Ales Hemsky (upper body) and Andrew Shaw (lower body).
Carey Price is expected to start in goal for Montreal. He’s having a tough season, but has played fairly well against the Flyers over his career, posting a 13-11-0 record with a 2.63 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.
Max Pacioretty – Jonathan Drouin – Artturi Lehkonen
Paul Byron – Tomas Plekanec – Brendan Gallagher
Alex Galchenyuk – Phillip Danault – Charles Hudon
Nicolas Deslauriers – Logan Shaw – Daniel Carr
Karl Alzner – Jeff Petry
Joe Morrow – Jordie Benn
Victor Mete – David Schlemko
Three Storylines to Watch
Travis Konecny is a force to be reckoned with right now and that should only continue with the injury to Simmonds. Konecny has seven points (two goals) during a four-game point streak and has 18 points (nine goals) in 15 games. He’s leading the charge to the playoffs and will be one to watch tonight on the top line with Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier.
All eyes on Oskar Lindblom. The young sniper is expected to make his much-anticipated NHL debut on the third line with Scott Laughton and Michael Raffl. He’s been a very strong goal-scorer at every level he’s played at and has put up 16 goals in 54 games with the Phantoms this season. Lindblom is known for being a force with the man advantage, so look for the Flyers to deploy him on the power play at some point Tuesday.
The goaltending matchup. If someone told you to pick a favorite in a duel between Carey Price and Alex Lyon at the beginning of the season, it’s fairly obvious who would get the most votes. Things are looking quite different right now, however. Price has just one win in his last seven games and is sporting a lackluster .904 save percentage this season. Lyon is coming off a great showing against New York and will be looking to earn more crease time in place of Mrazek down the stretch.
The puck drops at 7:00 PM.