Flyers-Coyotes: Game 74 Preview

Flyers look to close road trip on high note against Coyotes

On a busy day for the rest of the NHL, the Flyers are one of the closing acts. Another late-night game follows many games for East teams that will dictate just what Saturday's game means to the Flyers.

The Flyers will look to continue their winning ways regardless as they face the Arizona Coyotes.

The opening faceoff is set for 10 p.m.

Flyers Leaders GP G A P Coyotes Leaders GP G A P
Claude Giroux 70 21 41 62 Oliver Ekman-Larsson 68 19 32 51
Brayden Schenn 71 24 28 52 Max Domi 73 18 29 47
Wayne Simmonds 73 25 26 51 Shane Doan 65 25 18 43
Jakub Voracek 64 10 40 50 Anthony Duclair 73 17 21 38
Shayne Gostisbehere 55 16 24 40 Martin Hanzal 61 13 25 38
Player to Watch
17 Wayne Simmonds 16 Max Domi
Last 5 Games: 0 G, 3 A, 3 P, -1 Last 5 Games: 1 G, 2 A, 3 P, +1
Wayne Simmonds has been snakebit of late in the goal column but had some great chances on Thursday, including one right before Claude Giroux scored the eventual game-winning goal. Look for Simmonds to be energetic and around the net.
Max Domi, son of former NHL enforcer Tie Domi, has been quite the scorer for Arizona this season. The rookie has carried his success over from juniors and is approaching the 20-goal mark and 50-point mark. The Coyotes lean heavily on top scorers like Domi, Anthony Duclair, Shane Doan and Oliver Ekman-Larsson, so eliminating them from high-scoring areas is crucial.
Goalie Matchup
35 Steve Mason 41 Mike Smith
19-16-9, 2.55 GAA, .918 SV% 13-10-1, 2.75 GAA, .913 SV%

Steve Mason had a bit of an injury scare at the end of Thursday's win in Colorado, but will make his fourth straight start on the road trip and fifth straight start overall. Mason was again excellent in Colorado and has made 106 saves on 111 shots in the three games on the road trip so far.

Mike Smith has battled injury for much of the season and makes just his 27th appearance of the season. His results have varied of late, three wins and one loss in the four starts since returning, but he has troubling numbers against the Flyers. When facing the Orange and Black, Smith has a 3.70 GAA, a .887 save percentage and is 4-7-2.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Scratches: Scott LaughtonEvgeny Medvedev, R.J. Umberger, Jordan WealMichael Del Zotto

Left Wing Center Right Wing
10 Brayden Schenn 28 Claude Giroux 17 Wayne Simmonds
12 Michael Raffl 14 Sean Couturier 89 Sam Gagner
93 Jake Voracek 52 Nick Cousins 24 Matt Read
76 Chris VandeVelde 78 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare 25 Ryan White
47 Andrew MacDonald 53 Shayne Gostisbehere  
55 Nick Schultz 32 Mark Streit  
23 Brandon Manning 3 Radko Gudas  
35 Steve Mason    

After Chris VandeVelde replaced Scott Laughton in the lineup on Thursday, look for the same lineup to take the ice on Saturday in Arizona.

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (17th, 12th on road), Coyotes (16th, 10th at home)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (19th, 15th on road), Coyotes (25th, 29th at home) 
  • Recent History vs. Coyotes
    • Feb. 27, 2016 - The Flyers claimed a 4-2 win over the Coyotes in Philadelphia. The Flyers jumped out to a 3-1 first-period lead with goals from Scott Laughton, Claude Giroux and Sam Gagner. Brad Richardson scored for Arizona in the first and the Coyotes closed the lead to 3-2 with a third period goal from Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare capped the scoring with an insurance goal with 2:45 remaining. Michal Neuvirth made 29 saves in the win. 
  • Flyers leaders vs. Coyotes
    • Matt Read - 6 games, 2 goals, 3 assists, 5 points
    • Mark Streit - 10 games, 1 goals, 7 assist, 8 points
    • Claude Giroux – 9 games, 4 goal, 3 assists, 7 points
    • Steve Mason – 13 games, 5-8-0, 2.95 GAA, .901 Sv%
  • Milestone Watch
    • Jake Voracek needs 5 goals to reach 100 as a Flyer.
    • Sean Couturier needs 2 assists to reach 100 in his career.
    • Claude Giroux needs 3 points to pass Reggie Leach for 12th all-time in Flyers history.

Where to Watch
Radio: 93.3 WMMR

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

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