To this point, the Flyers schedule has been relatively spaced apart with several days between games. But a common theme to their complete 2019-20 schedule is the amount of back-to-backs they will play.

Their first of 17 this season concludes on Wednesday night, as the Flyers return to the ice following Tuesday's 3-1 loss in Calgary to close out a three-game Western Canada road trip against the Edmonton Oilers.

Game time is at 9:30 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia FlyersGPGAPEdmonton OilersGPGAP
Travis Konecny4347Connor McDavid64812
Ivan Provorov4123Leon Draisaitl64812
Oskar Lindblom4213James Neal6808
Matt Niskanen4123Oscar Klefbom6167
Sean Couturier4112Darnell Nurse6145
Player to Watch
28 Claude Giroux18 James Neal
Last 5 Games: 0 G, 1 A, 1 P, ELast 5 Games: 8 G, 0 A, 8 P, -1
The Flyers swapped line combinations, putting Claude Giroux back with Sean Couturier and Travis Konecny in the third period of Tuesday's loss. The combinations for Wednesday remain to be seen, but Giroux needs to start to show some production. With just one point in four games, he's off to a very slow start.
You would think that the obvious choice for player to watch for the Oilers would be Connor McDavid. James Neal has the scorer's touch early in the season, picking up eight goals over the last five games, including six power-play goals.
Projected Goalie Matchup
79 Carter Hart19 Mikko Koskinen
3 GP, 2-0-1, 1.62 GAA, .938 SV%2 GP, 2-0-0, 2.40 GAA, .914 SV%

It's a homecoming for Carter Hart, a Sherwood Park, Alberta native from just outside Edmonton. Hart has started his sophomore season strong with a 2-0-1 record, a 1.62 GAA and .938 save percentage.

Mikko Koskinen makes his third start of the season and first since Oct. 10, when he allowed three goals and made 28 saves in a win over the Devils.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Nolan Patrick

Scratches: Sam Morin, Connor Bunnaman

Left WingCenterRight Wing
28 Claude Giroux13 Kevin Hayes25 James van Riemsdyk
23 Oskar Lindblom14 Sean Couturier11 Travis Konecny
18 Tyler Pitlick21 Scott Laughton93 Jake Voracek
44 Chris Stewart12 Michael Raffl81 Carsen Twarynski
9 Ivan Provorov61 Justin Braun
6 Travis Sanheim15 Matt Niskanen
8 Robert Hagg53 Shayne Gostisbehere
79 Carter Hart37 Brian Elliott

Lineup Notes

The Flyers did not have a morning skate after playing on Tuesday night. There is always a chance that Connor Bunnaman or Sam Morin could slot into the lineup, but that will not be known until closer to game time.

Oilers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Adam Larsson, Joakim Nygard

Scratches: Gaetan Haas, Brandon Manning

Left WingCenterRight Wing
29 Leon Draisaitl97 Connor McDavid44 Zack Kassian
39 Alex Chiasson93 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins18 James Neal
 16 Jujhar Khaira23 Riley Sheahan52 Patrick Russell
92 Tomas Jurco60 Markus Granlund 15 Josh Archibald
25 Darnell Nurse74 Ethan Bear
77 Oscar Klefbom36 Joel Persson
4 Kris Russell83 Matt Benning
19 Mikko Koskinen41 Mike Smith

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (7th), Oilers (2nd)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (5th), Oilers (1st)
  • Recent History vs. Oilers
    • Dec. 14, 2018 - Oilers 4, Flyers 1 (at EDM)
    • Feb. 2, 2019 - Flyers 5, Oilers 4 (F/OT) (at PHI)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Oilers
    • Claude Giroux - 15 GP, 7 G, 12 A, 19 P
    • Jake Voracek - 24 GP, 4 G, 20 A, 24 P
    • James van Riemsdyk - 14 GP, 5 G, 6 A, 11 P
    • Carter Hart - 1 GP, 1-0-0, 3.87 GAA, .909 SV%

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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