Flyers-Avalanche: Game 65 Preview

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By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The road losing streak came to an end after 13 games, as the Flyers claimed a win in St. Louis on Thursday night. The trip continues one night later, as the Flyers spend Friday night taking on the Colorado Avalanche, the NHL's top team, in the third game of the five-game road trip.

Game time is 9 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia Flyers GP G A P Colorado Avalanche GP G A P
Cam Atkinson 64 23 25 48 Nazem Kadri 61 24 52 76
Travis Konecny 62 12 30 42 Mikko Rantanen 61 31 44 75
Joel Farabee 46 14 16 30 Cale Makar 60 22 49 71
Scott Laughton 54 11 17 28 Nathan MacKinnon 49 22 47 69
James van Riemsdyk 64 15 12 27 Gabriel Landeskog 51 30 29 59

Players To Watch 3-25

Kevin Hayes has been on a roll since returning to the lineup on March 5. Showing signs he is at his healthiest all season, Hayes has four goals and seven assists for 11 points in the last 10 games. Hayes is also on a streak of three straight multi-point games.
 
Nathan MacKinnon continues to light it up of late. MacKinnon is on a five-game points streak with three goals and six assists in that time. In his last 18 games since a return to the lineup on Feb. 13 after a two-week absence, he has 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points.
 
Goalie Matchup 3-25

Carter Hart gets the start for the Flyers. Hart made 25 saves on 29 shots in the Flyers 6-3 loss to the Red Wings on Tuesday in his last start. Hart had won back-to-back starts entering that game.   

Pavel Francouz gets the start for the Avalanche. Francouz makes his first start since March 18, a win over San Jose where he allowed three goals on 28 shots. Francouz has made just four starts in March, posting a 2-1-1 record and allowing 10 goals on 115 shots for a .913 save percentage.  

Projected Lineups

Flyers Line Combos 3-25

Flyers Scratches: Nate Thompson (injury), Scott Laughton (injury), Oskar Lindblom (injury)

 
Opponent Line Combos 3-25
 
Avalanche Scratches: Ryan Murray (injury), Samuel Girard (injury), Gabriel Landeskog (injury), Artturi Lehkonen (healthy), Bowen Byram (healthy) 
 
Lineup Notes
  • Flyers: No changes are anticipated for the Flyers, though it is possible that Oskar Lindblom could be back after sitting out Thursday's game to rest a minor injury.
  • Avalanche: No changes are expected for Colorado.

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (32nd), Avalanche (5th)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (26th), Avalanche (17th)
  • Recent History vs. Avalanche
    • Dec. 6, 2021 – Avalanche 7, Flyers 5 (at PHI)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Avalanche
    • Kevin Hayes – 12 GP, 6 G, 8 A, 14 P
    • Joel Farabee – 2 GP, 2 G, 0 A, 2 P
    • Travis Konecny – 7 GP, 0 G, 6 A, 6 P
    • Carter Hart – 1 GP, 0-1-0, 3.16 GAA, .889 SV%

Where to Watch
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: Flyers Broadcast Network

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