(Photo: Kate Frese)
By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor
The schedule turns the corner to the final quarter of the season. With 22 games left on the schedule for the Flyers, each one gets bigger and bigger. Thursday's may be their biggest yet.
The Flyers get the first meeting with a team holding one of the playoff spots they are chasing. The Montreal Canadiens are eight points ahead in the standings, but the Flyers can create a four-point swing with a win.
Game time is at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday night was Carter Hart's worst start so far, allowing three goals on nine shots. While not all his fault, the 20-year-old goalie was critical of his own performance in the game and gets another chance on Thursday night. This will be his fourth start in six days.
For Montreal, Carey Price will get the start and face the Flyers for the first time this season. Price is putting together another solid season and has been a big reason the Canadiens are in a playoff position. It could be a goalie duel to decide this matchup that carries critical playoff implications.
Flyers Projected Lineup
Injuries: Michal Neuvirth
Scratches: Radko Gudas, Cam Talbot
With Radko Gudas serving a suspension, Phil Myers re-enters the lineup. Myers skated on a pairing with Shayne Gostisbehere for a time during the morning skate, but that could change when the game starts.
Canadiens Projected Lineup
Scratches: Nicolas Deslauriers, Matthew Peca, Christian Folin
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