Flyers-Canadiens: Game 27 Preview
The Flyers faced a difficult schedule in November, with 16 games on the schedule and very few breaks of note. It was going to be a test of fortitude for the team to stay afloat and put themselves in a playoff position at the crucial measuring marker of the season that is Thanksgiving.
The Flyers are looking to put a bow on a very solid month. They have points in 13 of 15 games played this month. They are currently on a three-game winning streak. They have 22 points in the standings this month and continue to hang around with the top teams in the league.
They face the Montreal Canadiens, a team they already defeated in overtime during the month back on Nov. 7. The Canadiens started the month on a decent stretch of their own, going on a six-game points streak from Nov. 5 to Nov. 16 where their only two losses were to Philadelphia and New Jersey. But that overtime loss to New Jersey started a six-game losing streak that continued with a Thanksgiving night loss to the Devils, 6-4.
Game time is at 3 p.m.
|Philadelphia Flyers||GP||G||A||P||Montreal Canadiens||GP||G||A||P|
|Travis Konecny||26||8||16||24||Tomas Tatar||25||7||15||22|
|Sean Couturier||26||8||12||20||Shea Weber||25||8||12||20|
|Jake Voracek||26||6||13||19||Brendan Gallagher||25||10||9||19|
|Claude Giroux||26||8||10||18||Phillip Danault||25||6||12||18|
|Oskar Lindblom||26||10||7||17||Max Domi||25||6||11||17|
|Player to Watch|
|13 Kevin Hayes||11 Brendan Gallagher|
|Last 5 Games: 3 G, 1 A, 4 P, +4||Last 5 Games: 1 G, 2 A, 3 P, -4|
|Projected Goalie Matchup|
|37 Brian Elliott||31 Carey Price|
|13 GP, 6-2-2, 2.68 GAA, .915 SV%||21 GP, 10-8-3, 3.19 GAA, .897 SV%|
Brian Elliott gets back between the pipes on Saturday to face the Canadiens. Elliott was particularly stellar in his last start, making 15 third-period saves to secure a 3-2 win over Columbus.
The Canadiens have a back-to-back over the weekend, so it can be assumed that goaltending duties will be split. Carey Price did get the start against the Flyers on Nov. 7, but with Montreal facing Boston on Sunday, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Keith Kinkaid in goal for Saturday's game. Head coach Claude Julien said that Kinkaid will get a start this weekend, but did not specify which game, so for now, assume Price gets the start on Saturday.
Flyers Projected Lineup
Injuries: Nolan Patrick
Scratches: Chris Stewart, Phil Myers
|Left Wing||Center||Right Wing|
|23 Oskar Lindblom||14 Sean Couturier||93 Jake Voracek|
|28 Claude Giroux||48 Morgan Frost||11 Travis Konecny|
|49 Joel Farabee||13 Kevin Hayes||21 Scott Laughton|
|25 James van Riemsdyk||12 Michael Raffl||18 Tyler Pitlick|
|9 Ivan Provorov||15 Matt Niskanen|
|6 Travis Sanheim||61 Justin Braun|
|53 Shayne Gostisbehere||8 Robert Hagg|
|37 Brian Elliott||79 Carter Hart|
Any lineup changes for the Flyers will not be known until warmups. Phil Myers was a healthy scratch on Friday, but could possibly return to the lineup if the team decides to make a change.
Canadiens Projected Lineup
Injuries: Paul Byron, Jonathan Drouin, Noah Juulsen, Michael McCarron
Scratches: Christian Folin, Cale Fleury, Gustav Olofsson
|Left Wing||Center||Right Wing|
|90 Tomas Tatar||24 Phillip Danault||11 Brendan Gallagher|
|62 Artturi Lehkonen||13 Max Domi||14 Nick Suzuki|
|21 Nick Cousins||15 Jesperi Kotkaniemi||40 Joel Armia|
|54 Charles Hudon||44 Nate Thompson||43 Jordan Weal|
|8 Ben Chiarot||6 Shea Weber|
|53 Victor Mete||26 Jeff Petry|
|17 Brett Kulak||28 Mike Reilly|
|31 Carey Price||37 Keith Kinkaid|
- Power Play: Flyers (11th), Canadiens (17th)
- Penalty Kill: Flyers (3rd), Canadiens (30th)
- Recent History vs. Canadiens
- Jan. 19, 2019 - Flyers 5, Canadiens 2 (at MTL)
- Feb. 21, 2019 - Canadiens 5, Flyers 1 (at MTL)
- March 19, 2019 - Canadiens 3, Flyers 1 (at PHI)
- Nov. 7, 2019 - Flyers 3, Canadiens 2 (F/OT) (at PHI)
- Flyers Leaders vs. Canadiens
- Shayne Gostisbehere - 12 GP, 2 G, 12 A, 14 P
- Jake Voracek - 29 GP, 7 G, 21 A, 28 P
- Travis Konecny - 9 GP, 4 G, 3 A, 7 P
- Claude Giroux - 34 GP, 10 G, 15 A, 25 P
- Brian Elliott - 15 GP, 7-3-1, 2.87 GAA, .910 SV%
- Milestone Watch
- Kevin Hayes needs one goal to reach 100 for his career.
Where to Watch
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic/97.3 ESPN
Kevin Durso is Flyers insider for 97.3 ESPN and Flyers editor for SportsTalkPhilly.com. Follow him on Twitter @Kevin_Durso.