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(Photo: Kate Frese)

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers road trip got off to an interesting start, rallying from a 5-2 deficit to force overtime before another quick goal against in the 3-on-3 ended the game. 

The trip continues for the Flyers with another stop in Florida, this time to face the Panthers.

Game time is at 7 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia Flyers GP G A P Florida Panthers GP G A P
Claude Giroux 36 13 31 44 Jonathan Huberdeau 36 9 33 42
Jake Voracek 36 9 20 29 Aleksander Barkov 36 15 22 37
Sean Couturier 34 14 14 28 Mike Hoffman 36 17 18 35
Travis Konecny 36 9 12 21 Evgenii Dadonov 36 17 17 34
Wayne Simmonds 36 11 5 16 Keith Yandle 36 6 26 32
Player to Watch
25 James van Riemsdyk 16 Aleksander Barkov
Last 5 Games: 2 G, 4 A, 6 P, +6 Last 5 Games: 1 G, 5 A, 6 P, -2
It's been a disappointing season for James van Riemsdyk between the early season injury and his struggles early in his return. But lately, JVR has been one of the Flyers best offensive players with six points in the last five games. 
Aleksander Barkov has gone four games without a goal, but there is no shortage of points in that time. He has four assists in the last three games and his overall skill level will be a test for the Flyers, who have struggled to contain him this season.
Goalie Matchup
79 Carter Hart 34 James Reimer 
3 GP, 2-1-0, 2.36 GAA, .904 SV% 20 GP, 6-7-3, 3.45 GAA, .888 SV%

Carter Hart gets his next turn in goal, his first NHL start on the road. Hart suffered his first loss in his last start, a 4-3 decision to the Columbus Blue Jackets last Saturday. 

James Reimer is expected to start for Florida after Roberto Luongo got the start in Friday's 5-3 loss to Montreal. Reimer made 26 saves in a win in his last start, but has just four appearance in December, one which came in relief.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Nolan Patrick, Brian Elliott, Anthony Stolarz, Corban Knight

Scratches: Jori Lehtera, Christian Folin

Left Wing Center Right Wing
25 James van Riemsdyk 28 Claude Giroux 11 Travis Konecny
17 Wayne Simmonds 14 Sean Couturier 93 Jake Voracek
21 Scott Laughton 40 Jordan Weal 12 Michael Raffl
23 Oskar Lindblom 44 Phil Varone 22 Dale Weise
9 Ivan Provorov 6 Travis Sanheim  
53 Shayne Gostisbehere 8 Robert Hagg  
47 Andrew MacDonald 3 Radko Gudas  
79 Carter Hart    

Lineup Notes

Nolan Patrick will be out for four or five days with an upper-body injury suffered in Thursday's loss in Tampa. Jordan Weal slots back into the lineup in his place.

Panthers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Jamie McGinn, Derek MacKenzie, Vincent Trocheck, Nick Bjugstad

Scratches: Michael Haley, Alex Petrovic 

Left Wing Center Right Wing
11 Jonathan Huberdeau 16 Aleksander Barkov 63 Evgenii Dadonov
72 Frank Vatrano 95 Henrik Borgstrom 68 Mike Hoffman
22 Troy Brouwer 90 Jared McCann 62 Denis Malgin
8 Jayce Hawryluk 91 Juho Lammikko 7 Colton Sceviour
3 Keith Yandle 5 Aaron Ekblad  
19 Mike Matheson 52 Mackenzie Weegar  
55 Bogdan Kiselevich 13 Mark Pysyk  
34 James Reimer    

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (31st, 28th on road), Panthers (2nd, 6th at home)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (28th, 28th on road), Panthers (23rd, T-18th at home) 
  • Recent History vs. Panthers
    • Oct. 16, 2018 - Flyers 6, Panthers 5 (F/SO) (at PHI)
    • Nov 13, 2018 - Panthers 2, Flyers 1 (at PHI)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Panthers
    • Travis Konecny - 7 GP, 1 G, 4 A, 5 P
    • Claude Giroux - 36 GP, 9 G, 15 A, 24 P
    • Shayne Gostisbehere - 9 GP, 2 G, 4 A, 6 P
  • Milestone Watch
    • Wayne Simmonds needs two goals to reach 200 as a Flyer.

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


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