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(Photo: Mike Kruce)

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers made a change in plans with Alain Vigneault announcing that veterans would see more playing time in the preseason. So the roster was cut to 36 players -- including injuries -- leaving only a select group of players off the ice for the remaining preseason games.

Saturday marks the final time the Flyers will take the ice at Wells Fargo Center before the home opener in Philadelphia on Oct. 9. Once again, there will definitely be a lot of veterans in the lineup. Game time is at 7 p.m.

Among the veterans getting playing time tonight are Claude Giroux, Kevin Hayes, James van Riemsdyk and Jake Voracek. It will be the third preseason game for van Riemsdyk and Voracek already. Travis Konecny makes his preseason debut. Ivan Provorov and Matt Niskanen are back in the lineup after making their debut on Thursday.

It appears that Morgan Frost, Joel Farabee and Chris Stewart are at the front of the third-line winger competition, which has certainly expanded with more possibilities with Nolan Patrick unable to join the team for practices or play in preseason games. German Rubtsov is also at the front of that competition, but gets Saturday off after playing in each of the first three preseason games.

Carter Hart will get the start in goal for the Flyers with Jean-Francois Berube serving as backup. Hart will play the first two periods.

Here are the Flyers lines for the game:

Forwards

   

25 James van Riemsdyk

28 Claude Giroux

11 Travis Konecny

23 Oskar Lindblom

13 Kevin Hayes

93 Jake Voracek

12 Michael Raffl

48 Morgan Frost

49 Joel Farabee

81 Carsen Twarynski

21 Scott Laughton

44 Chris Stewart

Defensemen

   

9 Ivan Provorov

6 Travis Sanheim

 

8 Robert Hagg

15 Matt Niskanen

 

55 Sam Morin

59 Mark Friedman

 

Goalies

   

79 Carter Hart

35 Jean-Francois Berube

 

The Rangers are bringing a handful of veterans, but after playing in a game on Friday night as well, will have a lot of young players in the lineup as well.

Here is the Rangers lineup for Saturday's game:

Forwards

   

20 Chris Kreider

72 Filip Chytil

74 Vitali Kravtsov

28 Phillip Di Giuseppe

50 Lias Andersson

16 Ryan Strome

38 Micheal Haley

15 Boo Nieves

14 Greg McKegg

25 Tim Gettinger

71 Nick Jones

33 Connor Brickley

Defensemen

   

76 Brady Skjei

8 Jacob Trouba

 

55 Ryan Lindgren

97 Matthew Robertson

 

43 Libor Hajek

23 Adam Fox

 

Goalies

   

31 Igor Shesterkin 

32 Adam Huska

 

The Rangers have started the preseason 0-2, including Friday's 4-2 loss to the Devils.

Where to Watch

TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia+
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic/97.3 ESPN

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