Flyers-Ducks: Game 52 Preview

Flyers and Ducks square off in Philly
Photo Courtesy of Kate Frese
The Philadelphia Flyers (23-19-8) return home to take on Ryan Getzlaf and the Anaheim Ducks  (25-19-7) on Tuesday night. This is the second and final meeting between the two clubs this season. Game time from the wells Fargo Center is 7:00.
The Ducks handed the Flyers a 4-2 loss in Anaheim back on December 27th. That game was the first loss of a California swing that saw the Flyers lose all three games against Pacific Division foes.

Flyers Leaders GP G A P Ducks Leaders GP G A P
Claude Giroux 51 16 28 44 Ryan Getzlaf 47 5 31 36
Jake Voracek 51 8 34  42 Corey Perry 51 21 15 36
Wayne Simmonds 51 18 16 34 Ryan Kesler 51 11 15 26
Brayden Schenn 49 14 15 29 Rickard Rakell 48 11 15 26
Shayne Gostisbehere 33 9 18 27 Sami Vatanen 51 6 18 24
Player to Watch
23 Brandon Manning 10 Corey Perry
last 5 games, 0G, 0A, 0Pts, even last 5 games, 2G, 3A, 5Pts, -2
The Anaheim Ducks are a big team. They have just one forward in their regular lineup under six foot tall. The pair of Brandon Manning and Radko Gudas are going to have to be strong in the corners and in front of the net for the Flyers to be successful tonight.

Corey Perry is once again leading the Ducks offensively. His 21 goals are tops on the team and in the top 20 league wide. He has size, skill and plays a physical game. Together with Getzlaf, Perry is tough to defend.

Goalie Matchup
35 Steve Mason 31 Frederik Andersen
12-13-7, 2.69 GAA, .916 SV% 10-8-5, 2.33 GAA, .918 SV%

Steve Mason will make his fifth consecutive start for the Flyers tonight. He is 2-1-1 in his last four games. Mason played both ends of a back to back this past weekend. He was solid in both starts but was unable to get the win in either. Tracking the puck will be a big key tonight for the Flyers goalie as the Ducks will certainly have the big bodies in front. 

Frederik Andersen will be between the pipes for Anaheim. The starter for most of last season, Andersen has split time with youngster John Gibson this season. Andersen is a solid goalie though and was on the winning end of both victories against Philadelphia last season.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Scratches: R.J. Umberger, Brandon Manning, Michal Neuvirth, Jordan Weal, Sean Couturier

Left Wing Center Right Wing
93 Jake Voracek 28 Claude Giroux 17 Wayne Simmonds
89 Sam Gagner 52 Nick Cousins 10 Brayden Schenn
76 Chris VandeVelde 78 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare 25 Ryan White
24 Matt Read 21 Scott Laughton 12 Micheal Raffl
15 Michael Del Zotto 53 Shayne Gostisbehere  
32 Mark Streit 55 Nick Schultz  
23 Brandon Manning 3 Radko Gudas  
35 Steve Mason    

The Flyers will use the same lineup as they did on Sunday in Washington.

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (17th, 26th at home), Ducks (20th,19th on road) 
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (23rd, 23rd at home), Ducks (1st, 1st on road)
  • The Flyers are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games overall. 
  • Philadelphia is 10-14-5 all time against the Ducks and are 4-6-3 at home

Where to Watch
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic

Bill Minchin is a contributing writer for Flyerdelphia. Follow Bill on Twitter @wtfd103074.

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