There's no such thing as a convenient time for injuries to mount. And when you're a team looking to extend a point streak to nine games, you'll have to shake things up to have a chance to do that.
The Flyers changed several things up on Monday, acquiring Petr Mrazek from Detroit and recalling Oskar Lindblom from Lehigh Valley. Lindblom replaces Wayne Simmonds, who will be sidelined from 2-3 weeks, while Mrazek provides stability in net for the next few weeks as Michal Neuvirth and Brian Elliott recover.
Off the heels of an exciting 7-4 win against the Rangers on Sunday, the Orange and Black have a chance for points in their last nine games. That opportunity comes against the Montreal Canadiens, who six just six points away from the Eastern Conference's basement. This will be the second of three meetings this month between the Flyers and Habs, as they move through their season series pretty quickly.
Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.
|Philadelphia Flyers||GP||G||A||P||Montreal Canadiens||GP||G||A||P|
|Claude Giroux||59||20||49||69||Max Pacioretty||58||16||19||35|
|Jake Voracek||59||11||54||65||Brendan Gallagher||58||21||13||34|
|Sean Couturier||59||29||30||59||Alex Galchenyuk||58||12||22||34|
|Shayne Gostisbehere||55||10||35||45||Jonathan Drouin||53||9||20||29|
|Wayne Simmonds||59||20||17||37||Jeff Petry||58||8||19||27|
|Player to Watch|
|11 Travis Konecny||11 Brendan Gallagher|
|Last 5 Games: 2 G, 5 A, 7 P, +3||Last 5 Games: 3 G, 1 A, 4 P, -5|
|49 Alex Lyon||31 Carey Price|
|1-1-0, 3.27 GAA, .895 SV%||15-22-5, 2.98 GAA, .904 SV%|
It's no surprise that Alex Lyon's looked shaky in his limited action so far this season -- completely expected from a guy who's been tossed from the frying pan into the fire -- but he was nothing short of phenomenal in the Flyers' 7-4 win on Sunday. He made 25 saves on 26 shots in relief of an injured Neuvirth, earning his first professional win. Despite the Mrazek trade, he'll earn the start tonight.
It's been quite a rough year for Carey Price, between injuries setting him back and a cavalcade of misfortune for the Tricolore. He's winless in his last four games, and is just six losses away from tying his career-high. Nonetheless, he'll still give the Canadiens a chance for two points when he's between the pipes.
Flyers Projected Lineup
Injuries: Brian Elliott, Michal Neuvirth, Wayne Simmonds
Scratches: Taylor Leier, Mark Alt
|Left Wing||Center||Right Wing|
|28 Claude Giroux||14 Sean Couturier||11 Travis Konecny|
|40 Jordan Weal||19 Nolan Patrick||93 Jakub Voracek|
|54 Oskar Lindblom||21 Scott Laughton||12 Michael Raffl|
|15 Jori Lehtera||51 Valtteri Filppula||22 Dale Weise|
|9 Ivan Provorov||53 Shayne Gostisbehere|
|8 Robert Hagg||47 Andrew MacDonald|
|23 Brandon Manning||3 Radko Gudas|
|49 Alex Lyon|
With Wayne Simmonds out for 2-3 weeks, Jordan Weal will slide up to the second line, and Oskar Lindblom will take over on the third line. Petr Mrazek will serve as a backup.
Canadiens Projected Lineup
Injuries: Ales Hemsky, Andrew Shaw, Shea Weber
Scratches: Jakub Jerabek, Jacob de la Rose, Byron Froese
|Left Wing||Center||Right Wing|
|67 Max Pacioretty||92 Jonathan Drouin||62 Artturi Lehkonen|
|41 Paul Byron||14 Tomas Plekanec||11 Brendan Gallagher|
|27 Alex Galchenyuk||24 Phillip Danault||54 Charles Hudon|
|20 Nicolas Deslauriers||49 Logan Shaw||43 Daniel Carr|
|22 Karl Alzner||26 Jeff Petry|
|45 Joe Morrow||8 Jordie Benn|
|53 Victor Mete||21 David Schlemko|
|31 Carey Price|
- Power Play: Flyers (8th, T-19th at home), Canadiens (7th, 11th on road)
- Penalty Kill: Flyers (28th, 29th at home), Canadiens (26th, 30th on road)
- Recent History vs. Canadiens
- Feb. 8, 2018 - Flyers 5, Canadiens 3 (at PHI)
- Milestone Watch
- Sean Couturier remains one goal away from 100 in his career.
- Shayne Gostisbehere sits at four assists from 100 in his career.
Where to Watch
TV: NBC Sports Philly
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic