The start to the Flyers playoff push began on Friday night in Pittsburgh and a two-goal rally and dominant third period allowed the Flyers to come away with one point in the standings. An early turnover in overtime never allowed them the chance to sniff the offensive zone.

It will be a quick turnaround for the Flyers, as it is going to be for most of the final 31 games in the regular season, and the Orange and Black get yet another challenge against a Top-10 team in the league. The Colorado Avalanche await as the Flyers make their return home.

Game time is 7 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia FlyersGPGAPColorado AvalancheGPGAP
Sean Couturier51133043Nathan MacKinnon49304272
Travis Konecny48172643Cale Makar41112637
Jake Voracek51112839Mikko Rantanen33151934
Claude Giroux51132235Andre Burakovsky46151833
James van Riemsdyk 51141529Nazem Kadri46171431
Player to Watch
14 Sean Couturier29 Nathan MacKinnon
Last 5 Games: 0 G, 4 A, 4 P, ELast 5 Games: 4 G, 3 A, 7 P, +4
Sean Couturier had a rough night in Pittsburgh, capped off by a turnover in overtime that eventually led to the game-winning goal. Back on home ice and once again having to face the some of the best offensive talents in the league, Couturier will have to be a central figure to the Flyers success.
Nathan MacKinnon entered the All-Star break with three goals in the previous two games. His 72 points on the season are tied for third in the NHL. Throw in his excellent speed and tremendous skill and he can change a game in an instant.
Projected Goalie Matchup
34 Alex Lyon31 Philipp Grubauer
1 GP, 0-1-0, 4.00 GAA, .900 SV%29 GP, 14-10-4, 2.82 GAA, .910 SV%

Alex Lyon gets his second start of the season, filling in for the injured Carter Hart, on Saturday against the Avalanche. Lyon made 36 saves on 40 shots against the Canadiens in a loss on Jan. 16.

Philipp Grubauer gets the start for the Avalanche on Saturday in their return from the break. Grubauer won his final two starts before the break, including a 27-save shutout against San Jose.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Carter Hart (lower right abdominal, out at least seven days), Shayne Gostisbehere (knee, day-to-day), Nolan Patrick (migrane disorder, out indefinitely), Oskar Lindblom (Ewing's sarcoma, out for season)

Left WingCenterRight Wing
25 James van Riemsdyk28 Claude Giroux11 Travis Konecny
49 Joel Farabee14 Sean Couturier93 Jake Voracek
21 Scott Laughton13 Kevin Hayes18 Tyler Pitlick
12 Michael Raffl82 Connor Bunnaman62 Nicolas Aube-Kubel
9 Ivan Provorov15 Matt Niskanen
6 Travis Sanheim5 Phil Myers
8 Robert Hagg61 Justin Braun
34 Alex Lyon37 Brian Elliott

Lineup Notes

The Flyers will not make any changes to the group of players in the lineup. Shayne Gostisbehere remains out for Saturday's game as he nears a return from a knee injury. The Flyers will switch line combinations at the start of the game for Saturday to match what was used in the third period in Pittsburgh on Friday.

Avalanche Projected Lineup

Injuries: Colin Wilson

Scratches: Mark Barberio

Left WingCenterRight Wing
92 Gabriel Landeskog29 Nathan MacKinnon96 Mikko Rantanen
13 Valeri Nichushkin91 Nazem Kadri95 Andre Burakovsky
11 Matt Calvert41 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare37 JT Compher
83 Matt Nieto17 Tyson Jost72 Joonas Donskoi
27 Ryan Graves8 Cale Makar
49 Samuel Girard6 Erik Johnson
28 Ian Cole16 Nikita Zadorov
31 Philipp Grubauer39 Pavel Francouz

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (T-16th), Avalanche (22nd)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (T-13th), Avalanche (T-20th)
  • Recent History vs. Avalanche
    • Oct. 6, 2018 - Avalanche 5, Flyers 2 (at COL)
    • Oct. 22, 2018 - Avalanche 4, Flyers 1 (at PHI)
    • Dec. 11, 2019 - Avalanche 3, Flyers 1 (at COL)
  • Milestone Watch
    • Claude Giroux needs three points to reach 800 for his career.

Where to Watch
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia+
Radio: 93.3 WMMR

Kevin Durso is Flyers insider for 97.3 ESPN and Flyers editor for Follow him on Twitter @Kevin_Durso.

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