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Flyers-Blues: Game 42 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers are still searching for their first win of 2019. Their loss to the Flames in overtime was the team's sixth straight, dating back to Dec. 27.

The Flyers opponent on Monday is another team that has had a disappointing season. The St. Louis Blues are tied with the Flyers at 36 points, but with two fewer games played this season, sit one position ahead of the Flyers in the league standings. Both teams are just one point out of the NHL's basement.

Game time is at 7 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia Flyers GP G A P St. Louis Blues GP G A P
Claude Giroux 41 13 33 46 Ryan O'Reilly 39 16 22 38
Jake Voracek 41 10 22 32 David Perron 38 13 15 28
Sean Couturier 39 15 14 29 Vladimir Tarasenko 38 11 12 23
Travis Konecny 41 10 13 23 Brayden Schenn 35 8 15 23
Wayne Simmonds 41 12 6 18 Tyler Bozak 39 6 12 18
 
Player to Watch
11 Travis Konecny 90 Ryan O'Reilly
Last 5 Games: 1 G, 1 A, 2 P, -2 Last 5 Games: 3 G, 3 A, 6 P, +5
 
Travis Konecny got on the board in Saturday's game and brought an energy level that is certainly needed. Perhaps scoring a goal can get his offense going.
 
Ryan O'Reilly is the Blues All-Star this season and for good reason. He has far and away been the Blues best player this season and is a good all-around player with scoring ability, good vision and defensive talent.
 
Goalie Matchup
79 Carter Hart 50 Jordan Binnington
6 GP, 2-3-1, 2.80 GAA, .901 SV% 2 GP, 0-0-0, 3.53 GAA, .840 SV%

Carter Hart delivered a much better performance on Saturday, but still came out on the losing end in the end. Still, that was a good response to his first real poor game in his NHL career. He gets another chance in goal on Monday.

Jordan Binnington makes his first career start in the NHL. The 25-year-old has appeared in two games this season, posting a 3.53 GAA. 

Flyers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Michal Neuvirth, Andrew MacDonald, Brian Elliott, Anthony Stolarz, Corban Knight

Scratches: Jori Lehtera, Phil Varone

Left Wing Center Right Wing
28 Claude Giroux 14 Sean Couturier 11 Travis Konecny
23 Oskar Lindblom 19 Nolan Patrick 93 Jake Voracek
25 James van Riemsdyk 40 Jordan Weal 17 Wayne Simmonds
12 Michael Raffl 21 Scott Laughton 22 Dale Weise
Defense    
9 Ivan Provorov 6 Travis Sanheim  
53 Shayne Gostisbehere 3 Radko Gudas  
8 Robert Hagg 26 Christian Folin  
Goalie    
79 Carter Hart    

Lineup Notes

The Flyers are expected to use the same lines from Saturday's game for Monday's game after making several changes and getting Nolan Patrick back from injury.

Blues Projected Lineup

Injuries: Tyler Bozak

Scratches: Patrick Maroon, Jordan Schmaltz 

Left Wing Center Right Wing
20 Alex Steen 90 Ryan O'Reilly 57 David Perron
17 Jaden Schwartz 10 Brayden Schenn 18 Robert Thomas
12 Zach Sanford 49 Ivan Barbashev 91 Vladimir Tarasenko
15 Robby Fabbri   70 Oskar Sundqvist
Defense    
4 Carl Gunnarsson 27 Alex Pietrangelo  
19 Jay Bouwmeester 55 Colton Parayko  
29 Vince Dunn 41 Robert Bortuzzo 6 Joel Edmundson
Goalie    
50 Jordan Binnington    

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (29th, 24th at home), Blues (T-15th, 6th on road)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (T-28th, 23rd at home), Blues (17th, 4th on road) 
  • Recent History vs. Blues
    • Nov. 2, 2017 - Flyers 2, Blues 0 (at STL)
    • Jan. 6, 2018 - Flyers 6, Blues 3 (at PHI)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Blues
    • Claude Giroux - 14 GP, 3 G, 8 A, 11 P
    • Shayne Gostisbehere - 4 GP, 0 G, 4 A, 4 P
    • Travis Konecny - 4 GP, 0 G, 3 A, 3 P
  • Milestone Watch
    • Wayne Simmonds needs one goal to reach 200 as a Flyer.
    • Travis Konecny needs two points to reach 100 for his career.
    • Claude Giroux needs four assists to reach 500 for his career.

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

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