Flyers-Coyotes: Game 16 Preview


(Photo: Kate Frese)

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Things certainly looked bleak the last time the Flyers played on home ice, suffering a 6-1 loss to the New York Islanders and falling to 4-7-0 on the season. After a successful four-game road trip, the Flyers return with some new life and recent success, three wins in their last four games.

The first game of a five-game homestand comes against the same team the Flyers faced to close out the road trip on Monday. The Arizona Coyotes had their five-game winning streak snapped by the Flyers, and come to Philadelphia for the back end of a home-and-home.

Game time is at 7 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia Flyers GP G A P Arizona Coyotes GP G A P
Claude Giroux 15 6 11 17 Clayton Keller 13 5 5 10
Jake Voracek 15 4 11 15 Oliver Ekman-Larsson 13 1 7 8
Wayne Simmonds 15 7 3 10 Michael Grabner 13 3 4 7
Nolan Patrick 12 4 4 8 Alex Goligoski 13 1 6 7
Oskar Lindblom 15 4 4 8 Brad Richardson 13 4 2 6
Player to Watch
28 Claude Giroux 40 Michael Grabner
Last 5 Games: 3 G, 3 A, 6 P, +3 Last 5 Games: 3 G, 3 A, 6 P, +5
The Flyers captain struggled in San Jose and then lifted his team to victory on Monday to close out the road trip on a high note. With five games coming up at home and just a 2-4-0 record on home ice so far, Claude Giroux will want to make a similar impact in front of the home fans.
Michael Grabner certainly has the scorer's touch of late with three goals in his last five games and six points as well. Grabner's line was among the best against the Flyers on Monday, even in a loss, so look for him to be active around the net again, especially on the penalty kill, where he can be particularly dangerous.
Goalie Matchup
33 Cal Pickard 35 Darcy Kuemper
3-1-1, 3.94 GAA, .876 SV% 2-2-0, 2.02 GAA, .936 SV%

Brian Elliott was back in practice on Wednesday after leaving with an injury on Sunday, but he'll serve as backup for Thursday's game as Cal Pickard makes his third straight start. Pickard was excellent in a 35-save performance on Monday and nearly carried the Flyers to a win on Saturday in San Jose.

Darcy Kuemper allowed four goals in Monday's loss to the Flyers. He probably wasn't expected to start Thursday's game, but a practice injury to Antti Raanta will put Kuemper back between the pipes for the Coyotes in Philadelphia.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Injuries: James van Riemsdyk, Michael Raffl, Michal Neuvirth

Scratches: Andrew MacDonald

Left Wing Center Right Wing
28 Claude Giroux 14 Sean Couturier 11 Travis Konecny
23 Oskar Lindblom 19 Nolan Patrick 93 Jake Voracek
22 Dale Weise 40 Jordan Weal 17 Wayne Simmonds
21 Scott Laughton 15 Jori Lehtera 62 Nicolas Aube-Kubel
9 Ivan Provorov 8 Robert Hagg  
53 Shayne Gostisbehere 26 Christian Folin  
6 Travis Sanheim 3 Radko Gudas  
33 Cal Pickard    

Lineup Notes

The Flyers are carrying 12 forwards, so no changes to the forward group. Andrew MacDonald remains the only healthy scratch.

Coyotes Projected Lineup

Injuries: Antti Raanta, Christian Dvorak, Jakob Chychrun

Scratches: Josh Archibald, Ilya Lyubushkin

Left Wing Center Right Wing
14 Richard Panik 17 Alex Galchenyuk 9 Clayton Keller
25 Nick Cousins 21 Derek Stepan 36 Christian Fischer
40 Michael Grabner 15 Brad Richardson 13 Vinnie Hinostroza
67 Lawson Crouse 20 Dylan Strome 11 Brendan Perlini
23 Oliver Ekman-Larsson 55 Jason Demers  
33 Alex Goligoski 4 Niklas Hjalmarsson  
44 Kevin Connauton 82 Jordan Oesterle  
35 Darcy Kuemper    

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (24th, T-22nd at home), Coyotes (23rd, 15th on road)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (30th, 29th at home), Coyotes (1st, 1st on road) 
  • Recent History vs. Coyotes
    • Oct. 30, 2017 – Coyotes 4, Flyers 3 F/OT (at PHI)
    • Feb. 10, 2018 – Flyers 4, Coyotes 3 F/SO (at ARI)
    • Nov. 5, 2018 – Flyers 5, Coyotes 2 (at ARI)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Coyotes
    • Claude Giroux – 15 GP, 7 G, 8 A, 15 P
    • Sean Couturier – 13 GP, 4 G, 7 A, 11 P
    • Shayne Gostisbehere – 6 GP, 1 G, 5 A, 6 P
    • Cal Pickard – 5 GP, 3-2-0, 1.87 GAA, .939 SV%
  • Milestone Watch
    • Claude Giroux passes Chris Therien for fourth all-time in games played in Flyers history tonight. This is the 754th career game for Giroux.

Where to Watch
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic

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