Preview: Flyers vs. Stars (Game 32)

Updated: December 16, 2017 at 4:59 pm by Johan Gartner

Stars (18-14-1, 37pts) @ Flyers (13-11-7, 33pts)

The Flyers are streaking! They have won five straight games after that horrible 10-game losing streak last month. Brian Elliott is expected to be back in goal tonight and he’s been spectacular for the Orange and Black this season.

The Flyers are looking to continue their hot run of late and no better way to do so on this current homestand. As of right now, they are four points away from the last wild card spot with one game in hand on the New York Islanders.

WATCH / LISTEN / FACE-OFF

TV: NBCSPhilly

LISTEN: 97.5 WMMR

PUCK DROP: 7:00 PM

LINE COMBINATIONS (Courtesy of Daily Faceoff)

Philadelphia: Flyers Line Combinations

No reason for Hakstol to change things up when they are playing well and winning games. Konecny has been really good since he was put on a line with the “honey bees”. Patrick had a good game versus the Sabres and hopefully he can build on that. Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and Jakub Voracek have all contributed all year long, even when on different lines, and will have to do so once again tonight. Ivan Provorov will most likely play over 25 minutes as per usual. 

Projected lines

Giroux – Couturier – Simmonds

Raffl – Filppula – Voracek

Weal – Patrick – Weise

Leier – Laughton – Konecny

Provorov – MacDonald

Gostisbehere – Hägg

Sanheim – Gudas

Elliott

Dallas: Stars Line Combinations

The Stars are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games and are expected to start their starting goaltender Ben Bishop. The Stars are looking to bounce back after a bad outing last night against the Devils. Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin are tied for first in team scoring with 29 points apiece.

Projected lines

Elie – Seguin – Shore

Janmark – Spezza – Radulov

Benn – Faksa – Pitlick

Roussel – Hanzal – Ritchie

Lindell – Klingberg

Hamhuis – Pateryn

Johns – Honka

Bishop

THREE STORYLINES TO WATCH

The Flyers are currently on a five-game winning streak. They have a chance to catch the Penguins in the standings if they win tonight. Will they continue streaking? The Flyers need to take advantage of this five-game homestand.

Brian Elliott has been really good since he joined the Flyers this summer, especially at even strength. He did allow a bad goal the other night, but Flyers need him to bring the same game tonight if they are going to have a chance against a very talented Stars team.

Michael Raffl has played good hockey all year. In the start of the year, he didn’t really get awarded for his play, but ever since he got promoted to the Filppula line, he’s started to score important goals, including three straight game winners on the Western Canada road trip. The Flyers need secondary scoring badly and he is one of the guys they need to continue scoring. 

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