The Philadelphia Flyers will get back at it tonight against the Florida Panthers on Jake Voracek Chia Pet night. They are coming off a tough 1-0 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday afternoon in which they played well, but couldn’t pull out the win.
The improved effort on Saturday was promising, but the lack of goals (even though Marc-Andre Fleury robbed a handful of great chances) was concerning.
Here are the projected lines, pairings, and three things to watch for in tonight’s game.
Projected lines and pairs
Claude Giroux – Sean Couturier – Jake Voracek
Oskar Lindblom – Jordan Weal – Travis Konecny
Scott Laughton – Mikhail Vorobyev – Wayne Simmonds
Michael Raffl – Jori Lehtera – Dale Weise
Healthy scratch: Corban Knight
The lines will remain the same for the Flyers coming off their 1-0 loss to the Golden Knights
Ivan Provorov – Shayne Gostisbehere
Robert Hagg – Christian Folin
Travis Sanheim – Robert Hagg
Scratch: Andrew MacDonald
MacDonald has been struggling so far this year and will take a seat against the Panthers.
Brian Elliott will get another start in net.
Get a win at home
The Flyers have had two home games so far this season, and both have resulted in tough losses, albeit in different ways.
The first loss was a bad, embarrassing loss to the San Jose Sharks. They got outplayed in every facet of the game and were demolished in their home opener.
The second loss was one of those tough losses to the Golden Knights. They played well, had a much better effort, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
The Flyers were only 22-13-6 at home last season (20-13-8 on the road), and could really use a turnaround there. Get the fans going and make Philadelphia a tough place to play in again.
Testing their depth
The Flyers’ forward depth is being tested with both James van Riemsdyk and Nolan Patrick out. They had a good game against the Ottawa Senators without JVR and without Patrick for two periods, but then again that was against Ottawa.
They struggled to create too many great scoring chances outside of the top line against the Golden Knights. The team had 21 scoring chances at 5v5, with the top line being on the ice for 10+ of them (Giroux 13, Sean Couturier and Jake Voracek 10). At 5v5, Giroux, Couturier, and Voracek combined for 14 individual scoring chances created, while the rest of the forwards combined for seven.
This could be the last game without Patrick, which would be ideal, but even then they still need to get the depth forwards going.
The bottom-nine need to step it up.
Keep up the D
The Flyers played their best defensive game of the season against the Vegas Golden Knights.
They allowed a season-low 20 scoring chances against in a season-high 48:28 of 5v5 ice time. In total they allowed 24 scoring chances, nine less than the 33 in Vegas and against the Senators, which was the previous low.
The defense settled in a bit and it was a five-man effort on the ice. There are still the occasional mishaps, as there will be, but it’s a good sign for now.
Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center.