Preview: Flyers vs Canucks (Game 21)

Updated: November 21, 2017 at 7:57 pm by Brady Trettenero

Flyers (8-8-4, 20 PTS) vs Canucks (9-8-3, 21 PTS)

Dale Weise will be a healthy scratch as the Flyers look to snap a four-game winless skid against the Canucks at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday evening.

The Flyers have earned points in back-to-back contests, but it definitely hasn’t been smooth sailing. The team squandered a two-goal lead in each defeat and haven’t been able to turn in a full sixty minutes.

Michal Neuvirth gets the call in goal, while Jordan Weal returns to the lineup. He’ll play on the second line with Nolan Patrick and Wayne Simmonds.

The Canucks had a strong start to the season, but are ultimately trending in the wrong direction right now, having lost four of their last five.

Both teams rely heavily on their first lines, as the Canucks have gotten the bulk of their production from Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat, while the Flyers have been carried by Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and Jakub Voracek.

WATCH / LISTEN / FACE-OFF

TV: NBCSPhilly

LISTEN: 97.5 THE FANATIC

PUCK DROP: 7:00 P.M.

LINE COMBINATIONS (Courtesy of Daily Faceoff)

Philadelphia: Flyers Line Combinations

Brian Ellliott’s impressive run came to an end against the Flames over the weekend. He gave up five goals in a shaky outing against his former team. The Flyers are now turning back to Neuvirth, who was in the cage for each game against Vancouver last season — both victories.

Weal’s return gives the Flyers a dangerous looking second line. Andrew MacDonald was expected to return this week, but it looks like it’ll be next week instead. With Radko Gudas suspended, Mark Alt will once again draw into the lineup. There seems to be hesitation to call-up Sam Morin, so the defense pairs remain the same as they were against Calgary.

Projected Lines

Giroux-Couturier-Voracek

Weal-Patrick-Simmonds

Lehtera-Filppula-Konecny

Leier-Laughton-Raffl

Provorov-Hagg

Manning-Gostisbehere

Sanheim-Alt

Neuvirth

Vancouver: Canucks Line Combinations

The Canucks have been hampered by injuries on their back-end. Two of their most valuable blueliners Troy Stecher (leg) and Chris Tanev (thumb) are both currently on injured reserve.

Goaltender Jacob Markstrom has had an inconsistent start to the season and has failed to emerge as the starter in Vancouver this season. He’s expected to get the nod over Anders Nilsson against Philadelphia.

Derek Dorsett was one of the best NHL stories of the early-goings. The bottom-six forward returned from a season-ending cervical fusion procedure, went on a tear and was leading the team in scoring at a point. He’s returned to Vancouver for precautionary reasons and will not be in the lineup Tuesday evening.

Projected Lines

Baertschi – Horvat – Boeser

Sedin – Sedin – Virtanen

Vanek – Granlund – Eriksson

Gagner – Sutter – Gaunce

Edler – Pouliot

Del Zotto – Biega

Hutton – Gudbranson

Markstrom

Three Storylines to Watch

Michael Del Zotto and Sam Gagner are in Philadelphia to face their former team for the first time. They both have been solid contributors for the Canucks and it’ll be interesting to see how they perform against the Flyers. Players who get traded or let go often play well against their former clubs, so look for Gagner and Del Zotto to play an important role Tuesday. Ex-Canuck Dale Weise is a healthy scratch for the Flyers.

Nolan Patrick had arguably his best game of the season against the Flames. It was just his second contest back after missing time with injury. It’s clear the Flyers need secondary scoring. Jordan Weal gives the Flyers a dangerous looking second line and it could benefit both Patrick and Simmonds. Patrick saw almost double the ice time he saw in his first game back and should build off that performance Tuesday.

How will Michal Neuvirth perform in his return? The team had been riding the hot-hand in Brian Elliott and needs Neuvirth to be sharp if they hope to put an end to this losing skid. Jacob Markstrom has been super inconsistent, so the Flyers can probably win the goaltending duel as long as Neuvirth makes the necessary saves and doesn’t give up any weak ones.

The puck drops at 7:00.

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