Two games this week for the Flyers have required extra time, but ended in thrilling fashion. A daunting schedule that included four teams in the Top 6 in the NHL standings ended with the Flyers posting a 3-1-0 record.

Perhaps the bigger test for the Flyers now is maintaining that success at home against teams out of the playoff picture. Thursday night brings one of those challenges, as the Flyers take on the Montreal Canadiens.

Game time is 7 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia FlyersGPGAPMontreal CanadiensGPGAP
Sean Couturier47132841Tomas Tatar48162440
Travis Konecny43152540Max Domi48122133
Jake Voracek4792837Phillip Danault48122032
Claude Giroux47131932Shea Weber48122032
Kevin Hayes 47141226Brendan Gallagher41151732
Player to Watch
11 Travis Konecny14 Nick Suzuki
Last 5 Games: 3 G, 1 A, 4 P, -2Last 5 Games: 2 G, 1 A, 3 P, -2
Travis Konecny has been heating up of late with goals in four of his last seven games. The Flyers All-Star regained the team lead in goals with his 15th of the season on Wednesday night after going through a seven-game goalless drought.
Nick Suzuki has emerged as a power-play threat for the Canadiens, scoring a pair of power-play goals over the last five games. Suzuki also had a five-game stretch where he posted eight points in late December.
Projected Goalie Matchup
34 Alex Lyon31 Carey Price
0 GP, 0-0-0, -.-- GAA, .--- SV%38 GP, 18-16-4, 2.87 GAA, .907 SV%

Alex Lyon has been confirmed as the Flyers starting goalie for Thursday night after being called up to serve as backup for Wednesday's game in St. Louis. Lyon makes his 2019-20 season debut. He has a 4-3-1 record with a 3.05 GAA and .894 save percentage in 13 career NHL games.

Carey Price will face the Flyers for the second time this season in Philadelphia. He suffered a loss in overtime on Nov. 7 despite making 40 saves on 43 shots. Price has been as good as it gets in his last two games. He posted a 31-save shutout against Calgary on Monday and made 41 saves on 42 shots in a win against Ottawa last Saturday.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Carter Hart (lower right abdominal, 2-to-3 weeks), Shayne Gostisbehere (knee, 3 weeks), Justin Braun (groin, out until All-Star break), Nolan Patrick (migrane disorder, out indefinitely), Oskar Lindblom (Ewing's sarcoma, out for season)

Left WingCenterRight Wing
28 Claude Giroux13 Kevin Hayes11 Travis Konecny
12 Michael Raffl14 Sean Couturier93 Jake Voracek
25 James van Riemsdyk21 Scott Laughton62 Nicolas Aube-Kubel
49 Joel Farabee82 Connor Bunnaman18 Tyler Pitlick
9 Ivan Provorov15 Matt Niskanen
6 Travis Sanheim5 Phil Myers
8 Robert Hagg59 Mark Friedman
34 Alex Lyon37 Brian Elliott

Lineup Notes

Chris Stewart cleared waivers and was sent to the Phantoms, allowing the Flyers to call up Joel Farabee again. He returns to the lineup for Thursday.

Canadiens Projected Lineup

Injuries: Jonathan Drouin, Joel Armia, Paul Byron, Brendan Gallagher, Noah Juulsen

Scratches: Dale Weise, Brett Kulak

Left WingCenterRight Wing
90 Tomas Tatar24 Phillip Danault17 Ilya Kovalchuk
62 Artturi Lehkonen13 Max Domi14 Nick Suzuki
25 Ryan Poehling15 Jesperi Kotkaniemi21 Nick Cousins
63 Matthew Peca44 Nate Thompson43 Jordan Weal
8 Ben Chiarot6 Shea Weber
28 Marco Scandella26 Jeff Petry
53 Victor Mete20 Cale Fleury
31 Carey Price39 Charlie Lindgren

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (T-18th), Canadiens (T-12th)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (11th), Canadiens (23th)
  • Recent History vs. Canadiens
    • Nov. 7, 2019 - Flyers 3, Canadiens 2 (F/OT) (at PHI)
    • Nov. 30, 2019 - Flyers 4, Canadiens 3 (F/OT) (at MTL)

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 Follow him on Twitter @Kevin_Durso.

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