Flyers-Oilers Preview: Keeping Up
The Flyers response to an overall poor performance in Ottawa over the weekend was a dominant showing against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, particularly in a second period where they out-shot the Canucks, 23-2. That kind of pace will be especially important on Thursday.
The Edmonton Oilers bounced back in their own way on Tuesday, shaking two losses to Vancouver to open the season in a convincing 6-1 win over the Nashville Predators. Now, the star-studded lineup comes in to face the Flyers.
Game time is 7:30 p.m.
|Philadelphia Flyers||GP||G||A||P||Edmonton Oilers||GP||G||A||P|
|Travis Konecny||3||3||2||5||Leon Draisaitl||3||4||3||7|
|Scott Laughton||3||0||3||3||Ryan Nugent-Hopkins||3||2||4||6|
|Egor Zamula||3||1||1||2||Connor McDavid||3||2||3||5|
|Sean Couturier||3||1||1||2||Zach Hyman||3||1||4||5|
|Travis Sanheim||3||0||2||2||Evan Bouchard||3||0||4||4|
Tyson Foerster remains in the lineup and continues to look for his first goal of the season. Foerster helped on the power play in Ottawa with an assist and could have an impact there if the Flyers are able to effectively move the puck.
Leon Draisaitl has come out firing to start the season. Despite Edmonton's record, Draisaitl has four goals and seven points through three games.
Carter Hart will get the start for the Flyers, his fourth consecutive start to open the season. Hart made 25 saves in a shutout win over Vancouver on Tuesday.
Jack Campbell is expected to start for the Oilers. Campbell was pulled in the season opener after allowing four goals on 16 shots. He bounced back in his last start on Tuesday, making 43 saves on 44 shots in a win over Nashville.
Flyers Scratches: Rasmus Ristolainen (injury), Morgan Frost (healthy), Egor Zamula (healthy), Felix Sandstrom (healthy)
Oilers Scratches: Philip Broberg (healthy)
- Flyers: Rasmus Ristolainen remains out with injury. Morgan Frost will also sit out a second straight game as a healthy scratch. Emil Andrae rotates back into the lineup with Egor Zamula coming out.
- Oilers: Vincent Desharnais comes into the lineup for Philip Broberg on defense. No other changes are being made to the lineup.
- Power Play: Flyers (7.7% - 26th), Oilers (35.7% - 3rd)
- Penalty Kill: Flyers (75.0% - 23rd), Oilers (58.3% - 32nd)
- Recent History vs. Oilers
- Feb. 21, 2023: Oilers 4, Flyers 2 (at EDM)
- Feb. 9, 2023: Flyers 2, Oilers 1 (F/SO) (at PHI)
- Flyers Leaders vs. Oilers
- Cam Atkinson: 19 GP, 9 G, 4 A, 13 P
- Sean Couturier: 12 GP, 3 G, 5 A, 8 P
- Marc Staal: 22 GP, 3 G, 4 A, 7 P
- Carter Hart: 6 GP, 3-3-0, 3.02 GAA, .909 SV%
- Milestone Watch
- Nick Deslauriers needs three assists to reach 100 for his career.
Where to Watch
- TV: ESPN+/Hulu
- Radio: Flyers Broadcast Network
Kevin Durso is Flyers insider for 97.3 ESPN. Follow him on social media @Kevin_Durso.
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