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Flyers-Canucks: Game 3 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers are 2-0-0 for the first time since 2011-12 and now they get a chance to open the season on a three-game winning streak.

A three-game Western Canada trip begins on Saturday night as the Flyers face the Vancouver Canucks.

Game time is at 10 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia Flyers GP G A P Vancouver Canucks GP G A P
Travis Konecny 2 3 2 5 J.T. Miller 3 1 4 5
Ivan Provorov 2 1 2 3 Brandon Sutter 3 2 1 3
Oskar Lindblom 2 1 1 2 Tanner Pearson 3 1 2 3
Kevin Hayes 2 1 0 1 Quinn Hughes 3 1 2 3
Sean Couturier 2 1 0 1 Alexander Edler 3 2 0 2
 
Player to Watch
11 Travis Konecny 40 Elias Pettersson
Last 5 Games: 3 G, 2 A, 5 P, +3 Last 5 Games: 1 G, 0 A, 1 P, E
 
It's been quite the start to the season for Travis Konecny. The late arrival to camp has five points in the first two games of the season and has the bounces going his way -- just look to his goal in Wednesday's win to see that. Konecny looks to continue his hot streak in the third game of the season.
 
The runaway winner of the Calder Trophy last season, Elias Pettersson is a central part of the Canucks lineup. He has just one goal in three games, but he remains one of the most dangerous players on the roster, especially if things open up on the man-advantage.
 
Projected Goalie Matchup
79 Carter Hart 25 Jacob Markstrom
2 GP, 2-0-0, 1.50 GAA, .946 SV% 3 GP, 1-2-0, 2.37 GAA, .922 SV%

With 25 saves, including one remarkable one, Carter Hart picked up his first career shutout in Wednesday's game. There should be no stopping him for the time being. He'll get another start in Vancouver, a homecoming for the 21-year-old who played his junior hockey in nearby Everett.

Jacob Markstrom has seen the ice in all three of the Canucks games so far this season, getting his first win rather easily in his last start, an 8-2 win over the Kings. He will likely get another start again on Saturday.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Nolan Patrick, Andy Welinski

Scratches: Sam Morin

Left Wing Center Right Wing
28 Claude Giroux 13 Kevin Hayes 93 Jake Voracek
23 Oskar Lindblom 14 Sean Couturier 11 Travis Konecny
25 James van Riemsdyk 21 Scott Laughton 81 Carsen Twarynski
82 Connor Bunnaman 12 Michael Raffl 18 Tyler Pitlick
Defense    
9 Ivan Provorov 61 Justin Braun  
6 Travis Sanheim 15 Matt Niskanen  
8 Robert Hagg 53 Shayne Gostisbehere  
Goalie    
79 Carter Hart 37 Brian Elliott  

Lineup Notes

Once again, no changes are expected to the Flyers lineup as they go for a third straight win on Saturday night.

Canucks Projected Lineup

Injuries: Antoine Roussel, Tyler Motte

Scratches: Jesper Boqvist, Pavel Zacha, Mirco Mueller

Left Wing Center Right Wing
9 J.T. Miller 40 Elias Pettersson 6 Brock Boeser
70 Tanner Pearson 53 Bo Horvat 17 Josh Leivo
 79 Micheal Ferland 88 Adam Gaudette 20 Brandon Sutter
59 Tim Schaller 83 Jay Beagle  18 Jake Virtanen
Defense    
23 Alexander Edler 57 Tyler Myers  
43 Quinn Hughes 8 Chris Tanev  
4 Jordie Benn 51 Troy Stecher  
Goalie    
25 Jacob Markstrom 35 Thatcher Demko  

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (2nd), Canucks (26th)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (T-9th), Canucks (T-1st)
  • Recent History vs. Canucks
    • Dec. 15, 2018 - Canucks 5, Flyers 1 (at VAN)
    • Feb. 4, 2019 - Flyers 2, Canucks 1 (at PHI)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Canucks
    • Claude Giroux - 16 GP, 4 G, 10 A, 14 P
    • Kevin Hayes - 9 GP, 4 G, 3 A, 7 P
    • Jake Voracek - 25 GP, 4 G, 14 A, 18 P
    • Carter Hart - 1 GP, 1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .976 SV%

Where to Watch
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic/97.3 ESPN

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