A few weeks ago, the thought that this game would hold the magnitude it does was really unthinkable. The Flyers were more on the playoff bubble than they were holding a secure spot and the Capitals were running away with the division title.

When the Flyers faced the Capitals last on Feb. 8 in Washington, and rolled to a 7-2 victory, it was more of a shock. Now, the two teams enter their final meeting of the regular season on a much more level playing field in the standings.

The Flyers have closed the gap in the Metropolitan Division to three points and are challenging the Capitals for the division lead. They get a chance to close the gap further with one final matchup in the 2019-20 regular season.

Game time is 7 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia FlyersGPGAPWashington CapitalsGPGAP
Travis Konecny62233760John Carlson65155873
Sean Couturier65213758Alex Ovechkin64451863
Jake Voracek65124052Jakub Vrana65252651
Claude Giroux65193049Evgeny Kuznetsov59193251
James van Riemsdyk 65192140Nicklas Backstrom57114051
Player to Watch
14 Sean Couturier8 Alex Ovechkin
Last 5 Games: 3 G, 2 A, 5 P, ELast 5 Games: 4 G, 1 A, 5 P, +2
Since the Flyers six-game winning streak began, Sean Couturier has six points including four goals. Couturier had an especially strong game against Washington on Feb. 8, scoring two goals and adding an assist.
When the Flyers last faced the Capitals, all eyes were on Alex Ovechkin and his pursuit of 700 career goals. Ovechkin didn't reach the milestone until Feb. 22, two weeks later, but has picked up his scoring touch since then with four goals in the last five games.
Projected Goalie Matchup
37 Brian Elliott70 Braden Holtby
30 GP, 15-7-4, 2.90 GAA, .899 SV%45 GP, 24-13-5, 3.12 GAA, .898 SV%

Brian Elliott gets his first start since Feb. 20, when he made 28 saves in a 4-3 overtime win in Columbus. Elliott was in goal for the Flyers 7-2 win over the Capitals on Feb. 8 and made 25 saves in the win.

The loss to the Flyers on Feb. 8 started a stretch of four losses in five starts for Braden Holtby. Since then, he has won his last three starts, including Sunday's game against the Wild where he made 37 saves on 40 shots. Holtby has been in goal for all three games against the Flyers this season.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Nolan Patrick (migrane disorder, out indefinitely), Oskar Lindblom (Ewing's sarcoma, out for season)

Scratches: Shayne Gostisbehere

Left WingCenterRight Wing
28 Claude Giroux14 Sean Couturier93 Jake Voracek
21 Scott Laughton13 Kevin Hayes11 Travis Konecny
25 James van Riemsdyk38 Derek Grant18 Tyler Pitlick
12 Michael Raffl44 Nate Thompson62 Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Defense
9 Ivan Provorov15 Matt Niskanen
6 Travis Sanheim5 Phil Myers
8 Robert Hagg61 Justin Braun
Goalie
37 Brian Elliott79 Carter Hart

Lineup Notes

No changes are expected to the Flyers lineup after Sunday's win in New York.

Capitals Projected Lineup

Scratches: Michal Kempny, Brendan Leipsic, Travis Boyd

Left WingCenterRight Wing
8 Alex Ovechkin92 Evgeny Kuznetsov43 Tom Wilson
13 Jakub Vrana19 Nicklas Backstrom77 T.J. Oshie
62 Carl Hagelin20 Lars Eller17 Ilya Kovalchuk
14 Richard Panik26 Nic Dowd21 Garnet Hathaway
Defense
4 Brendan Dillon74 John Carlson
9 Dmitry Orlov3 Nick Jensen
34 Jonas Siegenthaler33 Radko Gudas
Goalie
70 Braden Holtby30 Ilya Samsonov

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (11th), Capitals (T-15th)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (12th), Capitals (4th)
  • Recent History vs. Capitals
    • Nov. 13, 2019 - Capitals 2, Flyers 1 (F/SO) (at PHI)
    • Jan. 8, 2020 - Flyers 3, Capitals 2 (at PHI)
    • Feb. 8, 2020 - Flyers 7, Capitals 2 (at WSH)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Capitals
    • Claude Giroux - 44 GP, 22 G, 22 A, 44 P
    • Jake Voracek - 38 GP, 15 G, 18 A, 33 P
    • Sean Couturier - 32 GP, 8 G, 15 A, 23 P
    • Brian Elliott - 18 GP, 9-7-0, 3.16 GAA, .893 SV%

Where to Watch
TV: NBCSN
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.