Flyers-Canadiens: Game 57 Preview

Flyers continue road trip against struggling Canadiens


With points at an ultimate premium and time starting to run out on making a playoff run, the Flyers may not find a better weekend to grab some key points.

The Flyers face two struggling opponents with a chance to tackle the task at hand head-on. It starts on Friday with the Montreal Canadiens.

After a red-hot start, the Canadiens have slipped behind the Flyers in the standings and are just 3-7-0 in their last 10 games. 

The final meeting of the season between the Flyers and Canadiens is set to start at 7:30 p.m. from Bell Centre.

Flyers Leaders GP G A P Canadiens Leaders GP G A P
Claude Giroux 56 16 33 49 P.K. Subban 58 5 39 44
Jake Voracek 56 9 36 45 Tomas Plekanec 58 12 31 43
Wayne Simmonds 56 21 17 38 Max Pacioretty 58 20 20 40
Brayden Schenn 54 17 17 34 Alex Galchenyuk 58 14 20 34
Shayne Gostisbehere 38 11 21 32 Brendan Gallagher 41 15 17 32
Player to Watch
28 Claude Giroux 76 P.K. Subban
Last 5 Games: 0 G, 5 A, 5 P, E Last 5 Games: 0 G, 3 A, 3 P, E
In addition to coming off a three-point game against New Jersey, there is some history on the line for Claude Giroux entering Friday's game. Giroux needs one point to reach 500 for his career, all with the Flyers. Giroux hasn't scored a goal since a two-goal game on Feb. 4 against Nashville, a seven-game goalless drought, but has six assists in that time.
It's been quite the 48 hours for P.K. Subban. He was benched in the final moments of the team's last game against Colorado on Wednesday after causing a turnover that led to the game-winning goal and being singled out by head coach Michel Therrien after the game. Now, his name is popping up in trade rumors with the news of the benching still fresh. That kind of pressure can make or break a player, and Subban's always been one for the spotlight. Look out for him if he does indeed come back with a vengeance. 
Goalie Matchup
30 Michal Neuvirth 39 Mike Condon
12-6-3, 2.17 GAA, .930 SV% 13-17-4, 2.60 GAA, .900 SV%

The Flyers turn to Michal Neuvirth in the first of back-to-back games this weekend. Neuvirth is making his third start since returning from injury. This will also be his second start of the season against the Canadiens.

To say Mike Condon has struggled of late it an understatement. Condon has lost his last five decisions and has just one win since Jan. 6. In his last four starts, Condon has allowed three goals or more, including six goals in his last start against Arizona on Monday.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Scratches: Jordan Weal, Sam Gagner, Sean Couturier, Michael Del Zotto, Brandon Manning

Left Wing Center Right Wing
10 Brayden Schenn 28 Claude Giroux 17 Wayne Simmonds
20 R.J. Umberger 52 Nick Cousins 93 Jake Voracek
76 Chris VandeVelde 78 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare 25 Ryan White
24 Matt Read 21 Scott Laughton 12 Michael Raffl
47 Andrew MacDonald 53 Shayne Gostisbehere  
55 Nick Schultz 32 Mark Streit  
82 Evgeny Medvedev 3 Radko Gudas  
30 Michal Neuvirth    

Only one change to the Flyers lineup from Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Devils. Scott Laughton returns to the lineup for Sam Gagner.

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (T-16th, T-12th on road), Canadiens (20th, 19th at home)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (T-24th, 15th on road), Canadiens (7th, T-1st at home) 
  • Recent History vs. Canadiens
    • Jan. 5, 2016 – The Flyers defeated the Canadiens, 4-3, at Wells Fargo Center. Goals by Brayden Schenn, Shayne Gostisbehere and Wayne Simmonds opened up a 3-1 lead for the Flyers before Sean Couturier scored to secure a two-goal lead for the Flyers in the third. Michal Neuvirth made 21 saves in the win.
    • Feb. 2, 2016 – The Flyers picked up a 4-2 win over the Canadiens on home ice. Wayne Simmonds scored two goals, including the game-winner with 8:04 to play, while Brayden Schenn added another and Matt Read scored to ice the game with an empty-net goal. Steve Mason made 30 saves to get the win.
  • Flyers leaders vs. Canadiens
    • Jake Voracek – 18 games, 3 goals, 16 assists, 19 points
    • Brayden Schenn – 13 games, 4 goals, 9 assists, 13 points
    • Shayne Gostisbehere – 2 games, 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 points 
    • Michal Neuvirth – 12 games, 6-4-1, 2.17 GAA, .925 Sv% 
  • Milestone Watch
    • Claude Giroux: 1 point to reach 500 for career
    • Mark Streit: 4 points to reach 400 for career
    • Jake Voracek: 6 goals to reach 100 as a Flyer

Where to Watch
Radio: 93.3 WMMR

Kevin Durso is managing editor for Flyerdelphia. Follow him on Twitter @Kevin_Durso.

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