Flyers-Oilers: Game 30 Preview

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(Photo: Kate Frese)

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

After the way the Flyers dropped Wednesday's game in Calgary, it couldn't possibly get any worse, right? The Flyers will try to right the ship, but things could certainly get worse before they get better.

This is a game of two teams going in opposite directions. The Edmonton Oilers got off to a slow start, fired their coach and have surged back into a playoff spot with an 8-2-2 record under new coach Ken Hitchcock. The Flyers, meanwhile, are 1-1-1 on a five-game road trip with very little, if any, progress made since the firing of GM Ron Hextall.

Game time is at 9 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia Flyers GP G A P Edmonton Oilers GP G A P
Claude Giroux 29 11 27 38 Connor McDavid 31 17 28 45
Jake Voracek 29 8 16 24 Leon Draisaitl 32 16 23 39
Sean Couturier 27 12 11 23 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 32 10 20 30
Travis Konecny 29 9 10 19 Alex Chiasson 26 13 4 17
Wayne Simmonds 29 10 4 14 Darnell Nurse 32 5 7 12
Player to Watch
28 Claude Giroux 97 Connor McDavid
Last 5 Games: 3 G, 6 A, 9 P, +5 Last 5 Games: 3 G, 7 A, 10 P, +4
Claude Giroux continues to lead the Flyers in points and still manages to produce on a nightly basis. It hasn't translated to success for the team, but Giroux is one of the few players with consistent production. As the captain, he'll need to have a central role in bringing the Flyers back to the win column.
Connor McDavid should be able to feast on a team like the Flyers with his transitional speed. McDavid had scored in three straight games before Thursday's loss in Winnipeg. Look for him to use his speed to his advantage in this game.
Goalie Matchup
41 Anthony Stolarz 19 Mikko Koskinen
7 GP, 2-1-2, 3.80 GAA, .889 SV% 15 GP, 10-3-1, 2.20 GAA, .927 SV%

Anthony Stolarz may have allowed six goals in Wednesday's loss, but he was on his way to a solid victory before the Flyers total collapse in the final two minutes. Stolarz still made 35 saves in the defeat, a new career high for him.

Mikko Koskinen has essentially taken over the starting job for the Oilers with a very successful season to date. He has wins in 10 of his 15 games this season and a 2.20 GAA while posting three shutouts. 

Flyers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Brian Elliott, Corban Knight

Scratches: Jori Lehtera, Jordan Weal, Christian Folin, Michal Neuvirth

Left Wing Center Right Wing
25 James van Riemsdyk 28 Claude Giroux 11 Travis Konecny
12 Michael Raffl 14 Sean Couturier 93 Jake Voracek
21 Scott Laughton 19 Nolan Patrick 17 Wayne Simmonds
23 Oskar Lindblom 44 Phil Varone 22 Dale Weise
9 Ivan Provorov 53 Shayne Gostisbehere  
8 Robert Hagg 47 Andrew MacDonald  
6 Travis Sanheim 3 Radko Gudas  
41 Anthony Stolarz    

Lineup Notes

The Flyers will use the same lineup as Wednesday's game in Calgary.

Oilers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Oskar Klefbom, Kris Russell, Andrej Sekera

Scratches: Ty Rattie, Valentin Zykov, Caleb Jones

Left Wing Center Right Wing
39 Alex Chiasson 97 Connor McDavid 29 Leon Draisaitl
16 Jujhar Khaira 93 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 98 Jesse Puljujarvi
27 Milan Lucic 28 Kyle Brodziak 44 Zack Kassian
91 Drake Caggiula 23 Ryan Spooner 22 Tobias Rieder
25 Darnell Nurse 6 Adam Larsson  
5 Kevin Gravel 83 Matt Benning  
13 Jason Garrison 10 Chris Wideman  
19 Mikko Koskinen    

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (T-27th, 24th on road), Oilers (15th, 20th at home)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (31st, 28th on road), Oilers (23rd, 13th at home) 
  • Recent History vs. Oilers
    • Oct. 21, 2017 – Flyers 2, Oilers 1 (at PHI)
    • Dec. 6, 2017 – Flyers 4, Oilers 2 (at EDM)
  • Milestone Watch
    • Wayne Simmonds needs three goals to reach 200 as a Flyer.

Where to Watch
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia+
Radio: 93.3 WMMR

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