Flyers vs. Flames Preview: Fire Extinguisher

Flyers vs. Flames Preview: Fire Extinguisher

The unexpected ride through the first half of the NHL season for the Flyers has clearly hit more than a few bumps in the road. Losses in six of the last seven games have dropped the team from second in the Metropolitan Division to fifth, and have four teams in the Eastern Conference within two points of overtaking them.

To get back on track and put out the recent fire that has started, the Flyers will need to defeat a team that handed them one of those losses. The Calgary Flames head to Philadelphia with a three-game winning streak, started with their New Year’s Eve win over the Flyers.

Game time is 1 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia Flyers GP G A P Calgary Flames GP G A P
Travis Konecny 38 20 15 35 Blake Coleman 38 15 14 29
Joel Farabee 38 12 17 29 Nazem Kadri 38 11 16 27
Sean Couturier 36 9 17 27 Yegor Sharangovich 38 12 13 25
Travis Sanheim 37 4 21 25 Elias Lindholm 38 8 17 25
Owen Tippett 38 12 10 22 MacKenzie Weegar 38 8 14 22

Flyers Flames Players to Watch

Cam Atkinson comes back into the lineup after being a healthy scratch in the last game. While he does have two assists in the last five games, he is on a career-long 22-game goalless drought. After a reset, it will be worth watching the response to see if he can solve some of the offensive woes.

Blake Coleman is riding a hot streak entering the game. He has scored in three straight games, including an empty-net goal against the Flyers last Sunday, and has seven points in the last five games.

Flyers Flames Goalie Matchup

Carter Hart is expected to get the start for the Flyers. Hart was on the hook for the loss in Edmonton on Tuesday, allowing five goals on 36 shots. Hart’s is looking for his first win since Dec. 9, when he stopped 36 of 38 shots against Colorado.

Jacob Markstrom is expected to start for Calgary. Markstrom made 28 saves on 29 shots in his last start on Tuesday against Minnesota. He also made 28 saves on 31 shots in a win over the Flyers on Sunday.

Projected Lineups

Flyers Lines

Flyers Scratches: Noah Cates (injury), Marc Staal (healthy), Rhett Gardner (healthy)

Flames Lines

Flames Scratches: Jakob Pelletier (injury), Kevin Rooney (injury), Dennis Gilbert (injury), Yan Kuznetsov (healthy), Walker Duehr (healthy)

Lineup Notes

  • Flyers: After being healthy scratches in the previous game, both Cam Atkinson and Morgan Frost are back in the lineup. The rest of the lineup will depend on whether the Flyers continue to use 11 forwards and seven defensemen or go back to the traditional lineup. Rhett Gardner will likely come out, with the other subtraction likely being either Nick Deslauriers or Marc Staal.
  • Flames: No changes are expected, but Calgary did recall Yan Kuznetsov from the AHL on Friday. If he plays, it would be his NHL debut.

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (9.8% – 32nd), Flames (12.4% – 30th)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (86.0% – 2nd), Flames (84.7% – 5th)
  • Recent History vs. Flames
    • Dec. 31, 2023 – Flames 4, Flyers 3 (at CGY)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Flames
    • Cam Atkinson: 19 GP, 4 G, 8 A, 12 P
    • Rasmus Ristolainen: 18 GP, 5 G, 6 A, 11 P
    • Sean Couturier: 17 GP, 4 G, 6 A, 10 P
    • Carter Hart: 5 GP, 1-2-2, 2.37 GAA, .923 SV%
    • Samuel Ersson: 2 GP, 1-1-0, 3.07 GAA, .910 SV%
  • Milestone Watch
    • Sean Couturier needs three assists to reach 300 for his career.

Where to Watch

  • TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia/NHL Network
  • Radio: Flyers Broadcast Network
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