The calendar has officially flipped to March. Just a week remains until the NHL trade deadline, and 22 games remain in the Flyers regular season. They still hold the third spot in the Metropolitan Division.

They find themselves in a familiar position on Friday night. Much like when the Flyers faced the Devils in the Stadium Series or last Sunday's matchup against the Pittsburgh Penguins, they will face a divisional foe on their heels in the playoff race with a critical two points on the line. The Washington Capitals have moved back to within six points of the Flyers and still have two games in hand, presenting another potential swing for the Flyers.

Game time is at 7 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia FlyersGPGAPWashington CapitalsGPGAP
Travis Konecny57272754Dylan Strome58212243
Joel Farabee60172744Alex Ovechkin55162743
Owen Tippett56211536John Carlson5843034
Travis Sanheim5982836Anthony Mantha54181432
Sean Couturier56112435Aliaksei Protas5752126

Flyers Capitals Players to Watch

Tyson Foerster has been on fire since his return from injury. The young Flyers forward has scored in all three games since his return, picking up four goals in that time and five points.

Following the All-Star break, Alex Ovechkin started to find his scoring touch again. He scored a goal in six straight games from Jan. 27 to Feb. 13. Since then, he's cooled off a bit, with only two goals in the last six games and two points in the last four games.

Flyers Capitals Goalie Matchup

Sam Ersson gets the start for the Flyers. Ersson made 20 saves on 22 shots in a win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. He allowed three goals on 30 shots in a win over the Capitals on Dec. 14.

Charlie Lindgren gets the start for the Capitals. Lindgren took the loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday, allowing eight goals on 31 shots. He has allowed three goals or more in eight of his last 10 starts. Lindgren made 29 saves on 32 shots in a loss to the Flyers on Dec. 14.

Projected Lineups

Flyers Lines

Flyers Scratches: Jamie Drysdale (injury), Rasmus Ristolainen (injury), Travis Konecny (injury), Cam Atkinson (healthy), Ronnie Attard (healthy)

Capitals Lines

Capitals Scratches: T.J. Oshie (injury), Martin Fehervary (injury), Nic Dowd (injury), Pierrick Dube (healthy), Ian Miroshnichenko (healthy), Ethan Bear (healthy)

Lineup Notes

  • Flyers: Ronnie Attard was recalled on Thursday and could play on Friday. The team did not have a morning skate. Cam Atkinson will remain a healthy scratch.
  • Capitals: Sonny Milano and Nick Jensen return to the lineup after missing the last two games.

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (13.0% - 32nd), Capitals (18.1% - 22nd)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (86.2% - 2nd), Capitals (80.0% - 14th)
  • Recent History vs. Capitals
    • Dec. 14, 2024 - Flyers 4, Capitals 3 (F/SO) (at PHI)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Capitals 
    • Sean Couturier: 43 GP, 13 G, 19 A, 32 P
    • Cam Atkinson: 32 GP, 13 G, 9 A, 22 P
    • Scott Laughton: 33 GP, 13 G, 4 A, 17 P
    • Sam Ersson: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 2.78 GAA, .900 SV%
    • Felix Sandstrom: 1 GP, 0-0-1, 2.96 GAA, .906 SV%
  • Milestone Watch
    • Joel Farabee needs one assist to reach 100 for his career.
    • Morgan Frost needs two points to reach 100 for his career.
    • Sean Couturier needs five points to reach 500 for his career.

Where to Watch

  • TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia/NHL Network
  • Radio: Flyers Broadcast Network

Kevin Durso is Flyers insider for 97.3 ESPN. Follow him on social media @Kevin_Durso.

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