Game 12 Preview: Flyers take 4-game skid to Edmonton

Since grabbing an emotional and exciting victory over the New York Rangers in a shootout, it's been all downhill for the Flyers. The Orange and Black are now riding a four-game losing streak after falling to the Canucks on Monday night, 3-1, in Vancouver.

The Flyers next opponent is a team in building mode as well. The Edmonton Oilers received the ultimate prize among the non-playoff teams last season, getting the first overall pick.

The two teams face off on Tuesday night at 9 p.m.

The Flyers are looking for any sort of spark to get back what they had against Chicago, Boston and the Rangers. Since coming up with three key wins in the early going, they have sputtered to four straight losses.

Scoring is a clear problem. The Flyers had chances in Monday's game, but fell convincingly, 4-1. They have scored just one goal in each of the last three games. They are averaging two goals per game, 22 in 11 games this season.

It is clearly not good, and the fact that the defensive pairs seem all out of sorts is an even bigger problem.

Expect some new entries into the lineup. Chris Conner wasn't in the lineup Monday after his call-up on Sunday, but he might enter. Sean Couturier is joining the team and may play as well.

Defensively, Evgeny Medvedev will almost definitely return to the lineup. The most likely candidate to be scratched is Brandon Manning, who struggled again on Monday.

With Steve Mason starting Monday's game, the Flyers will turn to Michal Neuvirth on Tuesday.

The Oilers have several scoring forwards, among them first overall pick Connor McDavid. McDavid has 12 points in his first 12 games, including five goals.

Taylor Hall leads the team with 13 points. Nail Yakupov has 10 points. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has nine points.

For a team struggling to score and a defense that has consistently made mistakes, the Oilers could easily find a way to get on the board and run away with this game.

In goal, Anders Nilsson gets a rare start. Nilsson is making just his fourth start of the season after going 1-2-0 with a 3.92 GAA in his first three starts.

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (25th, 14th on road), Oilers (10th, 8th at home) 
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (23rd, 28th on road), Oilers (17th, 27th at home)
  • The Flyers went 1-0-1 against the Oilers last season. They claimed a 4-1 win at home on Nov. 4 and fell in overtime, 5-4, in Edmonton on March 21.
  • Milestone Watch: Wayne Simmonds needs four points to reach 200 as a Flyer.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Line 1: Michael Raffl-Claude Giroux-Jake Voracek
Line 2: Matt Read-Scott Laughton-Wayne Simmonds
Line 3: Brayden Schenn-Sam Gagner-Vincent Lecavalier
Line 4: R.J. Umberger-Chris VandeVelde-Ryan White

D-Pair 1: Michael Del Zotto-Mark Streit
D-Pair 2: Nick Schultz-Radko Gudas
D-Pair 3: Luke Schenn-Brandon Manning
Goalie: Michal Neuvirth

Scratches: Evgeny Medvedev, Sean Couturier, Chris Conner, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare

Where to Watch
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic

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

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