The Philadelphia Flyers will get right back at it today after a win on Saturday afternoon. They’ll travel down to Washington to take on the Capitals in front of a national audience on NBC.
Here are the projected lines, pairings, and five things to watch for in today’s game.
Second half of a back-to-back
The Flyers could be fatigued in today’s early game after playing less than 24 hours previous against the Devils. The Flyers were able to roll four lines, but it was a hard-fought game all the way. Meanwhile, the Capitals were off on Saturday and have been itching to get back on the ice after back-to-back losses earlier this week. The Flyers were able to sweep both halves of the matiness back-to-back last weekend by a combined score of 10-4, so hopefully we can see more of that today in Washington.
Capitals looking for revenge
There weren’t many Metropolitan Division opponents for the Flyers early in the season, but the Capitals were one of them. The Flyers hosted the Capitals for their home opener and absolutely embarrassed them by a score of 8-2. You can bet that the Capitals haven’t forgotten about that and they will be looking for revenge this afternoon. Add in back-to-back losses and you have one angry Capitals team.
Depth forwards stepping up
The Flyers are getting contributions from up and down their lineup during their recent stretch. Their last eight goals have all been scored by different players, and the depth forwards are making an impact.
The only change we’ve seen in recent games is on the fourth line, with Taylor Leier, Jori Lehtera, and Tyrell Goulbourne cycling in and out. It’d be smart to get fresh legs in during a back-to-back, but it’s tough to change a winning lineup sometimes.
Projected forward lines
Claude Giroux – Sean Couturier – Travis Konecny
Michael Raffl – Valtteri Filppula – Jake Voracek
Jordan Weal – Nolan Patrick – Wayne Simmonds
Jori Lehtera – Scott Laughton – Tyrell Goulbourne
Healthy Scratch: Taylor Leier, Dale Weise
Top pair carrying the load
The Flyers have one great defensive pair, one okay one, and one that should be better. The third pair could be much better with a simple swap of Travis Sanheim for Brandon Manning, but the experience and “reliable” defensive presence gives the veteran the edge for now. They’re winning games, so there can’t be too much complaining, but it’d be nice to see Sanheim get back in the lineup.
Projected defensive pairs
Ivan Provorov – Shayne Gostisbehere
Robert Hägg – Andrew MacDonald
Brandon Manning – Radko Gudas
Healthy scratch: Travis Sanheim
Elliott or Neuvirth?
Michal Neuvirth turned in two straight fantastic performances in the Flyers’ last two games, but it might be too much to ask him to go again in the second half of a back-to-back. Brian Elliott has been shaky in a few starts recently, but a few days rest should’ve done him good. We’ll see who is in net closer to game time.
The Flyers will play the Capitals at 12:30 p.m. on NBC.
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