Preseason Game 5 Preview: Flyers face Devils in final home preseason game


The final decisions on the roster are coming and the Flyers have just two preseason games left to make those decisions and complete preparation for the regular season.

The Flyers are 3-1-1 to this point in the preseason as they return home for the final home game before the home opener on Oct. 12.

The opponent is the New Jersey Devils, a team the Flyers will face twice in the next three days to close out the preseason. The opening face-off from Wells Fargo Center is set for 7 p.m.

After missing Monday's game against the Rangers as healthy scratches, look for the defensive pairing of Michael Del Zotto and Yevgeni Medvedev back in the lineup.

Injuries will hold Sean Couturier and Michael Raffl out of Wednesday's game, allowing Colin Porter to return to the lineup. Matt Read and Jake Voracek, who suffered injury scares in Monday's game in New York, are in the lineup.

Porter and Scott Laughton remain in the lineup fighting for a roster spot, while roster hopeful Colin McDonald is out of the lineup again. Vincent Lecavalier is also scratched for Wednesday's game.

In goal, the Flyers will start Michal Neuvirth. Jason LaBarbera will serve as the backup goalie.

The Devils have one young player in particular worth watching still with the team. The sixth overall pick in the 2015 Draft, Pavel Zacha, is still with the team as the 18-year-old closes in on landing a spot.

Otherwise, the Devils are holding many of their starting players out of the lineup. Patrik Elias, Andy Greene, John Moore and Mike Cammalleri are all not playing in Wednesday's game.

Some notable players in the Devils lineup are Adam Larsson, Travis Zajac, Adam Henrique, Kyle Palmieri, Jiri Tlusty and Stephen Gionta.

In goal, the Devils will start Keith Kinkaid, the backup for the team this season.

Projected Lineup

Line 1: Brayden Schenn-Claude Giroux-Jake Voracek
Line 2: Chris Porter-Sam Gagner-Wayne Simmonds
Line 3: Matt Read-Scott Laughton-R.J. Umberger
Line 4: Chris VandeVelde-Ryan White-Pierre-Edouard Bellemare

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

Scratches: Sean Couturier, Michael Raffl, Vincent Lecavalier, Colin McDonald, Andrew MacDonald, Radko Gudas

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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