Flyers-Oilers: Game 5 Preview
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.
|Philadelphia Flyers||GP||G||A||P||Edmonton Oilers||GP||G||A||P|
|Travis Konecny||4||3||4||7||Connor McDavid||6||4||8||12|
|Ivan Provorov||4||1||2||3||Leon Draisaitl||6||4||8||12|
|Oskar Lindblom||4||2||1||3||James Neal||6||8||0||8|
|Matt Niskanen||4||1||2||3||Oscar Klefbom||6||1||6||7|
|Sean Couturier||4||1||1||2||Darnell Nurse||6||1||4||5|
|Player to Watch|
|28 Claude Giroux||18 James Neal|
|Last 5 Games: 0 G, 1 A, 1 P, E||Last 5 Games: 8 G, 0 A, 8 P, -1|
|Projected Goalie Matchup|
|79 Carter Hart||19 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 Wing||Center||Right Wing|
|28 Claude Giroux||13 Kevin Hayes||25 James van Riemsdyk|
|23 Oskar Lindblom||14 Sean Couturier||11 Travis Konecny|
|18 Tyler Pitlick||21 Scott Laughton||93 Jake Voracek|
|44 Chris Stewart||12 Michael Raffl||81 Carsen Twarynski|
|9 Ivan Provorov||61 Justin Braun|
|6 Travis Sanheim||15 Matt Niskanen|
|8 Robert Hagg||53 Shayne Gostisbehere|
|79 Carter Hart||37 Brian Elliott|
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 Wing||Center||Right Wing|
|29 Leon Draisaitl||97 Connor McDavid||44 Zack Kassian|
|39 Alex Chiasson||93 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins||18 James Neal|
|16 Jujhar Khaira||23 Riley Sheahan||52 Patrick Russell|
|92 Tomas Jurco||60 Markus Granlund||15 Josh Archibald|
|25 Darnell Nurse||74 Ethan Bear|
|77 Oscar Klefbom||36 Joel Persson|
|4 Kris Russell||83 Matt Benning|
|19 Mikko Koskinen||41 Mike Smith|
- 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 SportsTalkPhilly.com. Follow him on Twitter @Kevin_Durso.