Back-to-back wins on Thursday and Saturday gave the Flyers some life. There was a chance that they could be in a position to not only take over the final playoff spot after Tuesday night, but even clinch if everything broke their way.

On Monday night, none of that happened, and it showed what happens when a team has to rely on watching the scoreboard.

So now, the Flyers play the final game of the regular season, and the only control they have on their playoff lives depends solely on a regulation win over the Washington Capitals. In addition, the Flyers would need a regulation loss from Detroit against Montreal to still have a chance beyond Tuesday night. Even then, they would also need a regulation loss from the Pittsburgh Penguins against the New York Islanders to manage to make the playoffs. The chances of all of that are very slim.

The stage is set for Game 82, one final time for the Flyers on the ice. Barring a miracle, their unexpected run to the playoffs would fall just points short.

Game time is at 7 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia FlyersGPGAPWashington CapitalsGPGAP
Travis Konecny75333568Dylan Strome81274067
Owen Tippett77282553Alex Ovechkin78303464
Joel Farabee81222850John Carlson81104252
Travis Sanheim80103444Tom Wilson73181735
Morgan Frost70132841Connor McMichael73181533

Flyers Capitals Players to Watch

Travis Konecny has been a catalyst behind the last two wins that are keeping the Flyers alive in the race. He scored a key insurance goal late in the second period against the Rangers on Thursday to set a new career high for goals in a season. On Saturday, his sixth shorthanded goal of the season was also his 33rd goal of the season and the 400th point of his NHL career, and held up as the lone goal in the game.

Alex Ovechkin has cooled down with just one goal and one assist in the last five games. But with a chance at the playoffs on the line with a win, Ovechkin could be the catalyst to will his team across the finish line.

Flyers Capitals Goalie Matchup

Sam Ersson get the start for the Flyers. Ersson made 20 saves in a shutout win over the Devils on Saturday, continuing to bounce back from a series of bad starts. In the last two games, he has made 44 saves on 45 shots to help keep the Flyers playoff hope afloat.

Charlie Lindgren is expected to start for the Capitals. Lindgren also started on Monday night against Boston, making 16 saves in a shutout win. Lindgren has won three of his last four starts, and one more on Tuesday would solidify Washington's place in the playoffs.

Projected Lineups

Flyers Lines

Flyers Scratches: Rasmus Ristolainen (injury), Nick Deslauriers (healthy), Olle Lycksell (healthy), Denis Gurianov (healthy), Marc Staal (healthy), Ronnie Attard (healthy), Adam Ginning (healthy)

Capitals Lines

Capitals Scratches: Rasmus Sandin (injury), Nick Jensen (injury), Ivan Miroshnichenko (healthy), Lucas Johansen (healthy), Michael Sgarbossa (healthy)

Lineup Notes

  • Flyers: No changes are expected from Saturday's game.
  • Capitals: The Capitals did not have a morning skate after Monday's game. Beck Malenstyn left Monday's game in the second period and did not return, leaving him questionable for Tuesday's game.

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (12.3% - 32nd), Capitals (20.6% - 17th)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (83.4% - 4th), Capitals (78.9% - 18th)
  • Recent History vs. Capitals 
    • March 1, 2024 - Capitals 5, Flyers 2 (at WSH)
    • Dec. 14, 2023 - Flyers 4, Capitals 3 (F/SO) (at PHI)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Capitals
    • Sean Couturier: 44 GP, 13 G, 19 A, 32 P
    • Cam Atkinson: 32 GP, 13 G, 9 A, 22 P
    • Scott Laughton: 34 GP, 13 G, 4 A, 17 P
    • Sam Ersson: 2 GP, 1-1-0, 3.85 GAA, .843 SV%
  • Milestone Watch
    • Sean Couturier needs three points to reach 500 for his career.

Where to Watch

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

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

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