A six-game road trip came to a sour end with a 5-4 overtime loss in Carolina on Tuesday night for the Flyers. A trip home should be just what the doctor ordered, given that the Flyers have a league-best 13-2-4 record on home ice this season, including four straight wins and seven in their last eight games.

That said, the Flyers schedule may just get tougher that on the road. The next four games are against top teams in the league. It starts with the team right at the top of the NHL standings, the Washington Capitals, who dominated their way to a 6-1 win over Ottawa on Tuesday night.

Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia FlyersGPGAPWashington CapitalsGPGAP
Travis Konecny40132437John Carlson44134154
Sean Couturier43122335Alex Ovechkin44261642
Jake Voracek4382634Evgeny Kuznetsov41162541
Claude Giroux43131831Jakub Vrana44181735
Ivan Provorov 4391524Nicklas Backstrom3682533
Player to Watch
93 Jake Voracek8 Alex Ovechkin
Last 5 Games: 0 G, 7 A, 7 P, +2Last 5 Games: 3 G, 2 A, 5 P, -3
Jake Voracek was certainly a player that provided a good amount of energy in Tuesday's game and came close to ending the game with a shot that hit the crossbar in overtime. In the last five games, Voracek has done his share of setting up teammates with seven assists, but he has gone seven straight games with out a goal.
Alex Ovechkin snapped a three-game goalless drought in a big way with a pair of goals in Tuesday's win. Prior to Tuesday's game, Ovechkin had just four goals in the last 15 games, certainly uncharacteristic of him. The two-goal game may have helped him catch fire again and he'll certainly be one to watch.
Projected Goalie Matchup
79 Carter Hart70 Braden Holtby
29 GP, 13-10-3, 2.61 GAA, .905 SV%30 GP, 18-7-4, 2.99 GAA, .902 SV%

The road struggles continued for Carter Hart, who lost three games and entered another in relief. Hart's overall numbers are still solid, mainly because he has been on an elite level at home. After getting the night off in Carolina, Hart will be in goal for the Flyers on Wednesday against Washington.

Braden Holtby's last game against San Jose was a win where he allowed three goals on 28 shots. It snapped a three-game losing streak for Holyby, who struggled in his own right out of the holiday break. Holtby made 30 saves in a shootout win against the Flyers on Nov. 13.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Shayne Gostisbehere (knee, day-to-day), Justin Braun (groin, out until All-Star break), Nolan Patrick (migrane disorder, out indefinitely), Oskar Lindblom (Ewing's sarcoma, out for season)

Scratches: Chris Stewart (healthy)

Left WingCenterRight Wing
28 Claude Giroux14 Sean Couturier11 Travis Konecny
25 James van Riemsdyk13 Kevin Hayes62 Nicolas Aube-Kubel
18 Tyler Pitlick12 Michael Raffl93 Jake Voracek
21 Scott Laughton24 Mikhail Vorobyev49 Joel Farabee
9 Ivan Provorov15 Matt Niskanen
6 Travis Sanheim5 Phil Myers
8 Robert Hagg59 Mark Friedman
79 Carter Hart37 Brian Elliott

Lineup Notes

Shayne Gostisbehere is scratched with a knee injury suffered late in Tuesday's game. Mark Friedman was called up and will make his season debut on Wednesday.

Capitals Projected Lineup

Injuries: Christian Djoos

Scratches: Travis Boyd 

Left WingCenterRight Wing
8 Alex Ovechkin19 Nicklas Backstrom43 Tom Wilson
13 Jakub Vrana92 Evgeny Kuznetsov77 T.J. Oshie
62 Carl Hagelin20 Lars Eller14 Richard Panik
28 Brendan Leipsic26 Nic Dowd21 Garnet Hathaway
6 Michal Kempny74 John Carlson
9 Dmitry Orlov3 Nick Jensen
34 Jonas Siegenthaler33 Radko Gudas
70 Braden Holtby30 Ilya Samsonov

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (16th), Capitals (10th)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (13th), Capitals (3th)
  • Recent History vs. Capitals
    • Jan. 8, 2019 - Capitals 5, Flyers 3 (at WSH)
    • March 6, 2019 - Capitals 5, Flyers 3 (at PHI)
    • March 14, 2019 - Capitals 5, Flyers 2 (at PHI)
    • March 24, 2019 - Capitals 3, Flyers 1 (at WSH)
    • Nov. 13, 2019 - Capitals 2, Flyers 1 (F/SO) (at PHI)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Capitals
    • Claude Giroux - 42 GP, 21 G, 20 A, 41 P
    • Jake Voracek - 36 GP, 15 G, 16 A, 31 P
    • Sean Couturier - 30 GP, 6 G, 13 A, 19 P
    • James van Riemsdyk - 31 GP, 8 G, 11 A, 19 P
    • Carter Hart - 1 GP, 0-1-1, 2.43 GAA, .925 SV%
  • Milestone Watch
    • Shayne Gostisbehere needs one point to reach 200 for his career.

Where to Watch
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic

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

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