Ducks (3-3-1, 7 PTS) @ Flyers (5-3-0, 10 PTS)
With veteran blueliner Andrew MacDonald sidelined with a lower-body injury, it’s Robert Hagg’s turn to shine. The rookie is moving up to the top defensive pairing with Ivan Provorov for Tuesday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers are coming off a tight 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on the weekend and will look to carry that momentum into Tuesday’s game.
Stud defenseman Hampus Lindholm will be making his season debut for the Ducks, while Captain Ryan Getzlaf returns to the lineup after missing the past three games with a lower-body injury.
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PUCK DROP: 7:00 P.M.
LINE COMBINATIONS (Courtesy of Daily Faceoff)
Philadelphia: Flyers Line Combinations
Jordan Weal and Taylor Leier are expected to return to the lineup tonight, while Jori Lehtera appears to have found himself a regular lineup spot. Lehtera didn’t play the first six games of the season, but he looked solid Saturday, playing strong on the puck and setting up the game-winning goal. Lehtera, who was often a healthy scratch in his time with the Blues, joins Nolan Patrick and Travis Konecny on the third line. Leier is a significant boost to the fourth line, as he and Michael Raffl have really generated some chemistry this season. Brian Elliott is making his sixth start of the season in the cage.
Giroux – Couturier – Voracek
Weal – Filppula – Simmonds
Lehtera – Patrick – Konecny
Leier – Laughton – Raffl
Provorov – Hagg
Gostisbehere – Gudas
Sanheim – Manning
Anaheim: Ducks Line Combinations
The Ducks are getting a big boost with Lindholm making his season debut, while the return of Getzlaf is undeniably another significant addition. Antoine Vermette, who centers the third line, is currently leading the NHL in faceoff percentage and really hard to beat on draws. Watch out for Josh Manson, who is an absolute freight train and leading all Ducks with a plus-7 rating this season.
Ritchie – Getzlaf – Perry
Cogliano- Rakell – Silfverberg
Kase – Vermette – Shaw
Wagner – Grant – Boll
Lindholm – Manson
Beauchemin – Montour
Megna – Bieksa
Three Storylines to watch
Brian Elliott hasn’t fared well against the Ducks over his career. He owns a lackluster .886 save percentage in 13 career appearances against Anaheim, so it will be interesting to see how that plays out. The veteran hasn’t really impressed in his time with Philadelphia, but he also hasn’t been noticeably bad. Gibson, meanwhile, has stymied the Flyers in his young career, posting a 3-0-1 record in four appearances.
Robert Hagg is one to watch tonight. Ivan Provorov is usually tasked with shutting down opposition’s’ top lines, so it’s going to be fun seeing him and Hagg try to stifle the lethal duo of Perry and Getzlaf. Hagg has had a terrific start to the season and this is his chance to really measure where he’s at center-stage on the top defensive pairing.
The Nolan Patrick hype has died down over the last few games following his terrific drop pass to Dale Weise against the Panthers. He’s struggled at times in the last few outings, so it’ll be cool to see what the addition of Lehtera does for that line. Lehtera is by no means a massive upgrade over Weise, but he’s a new face and could provide a new dynamic.
The Puck drops at 7:00 PM as the Flyers look to close out the homestand on a high-note.