A dominant win in Washington certainly helped to lift the Flyers spirits again after an embarrassing loss to New Jersey. Despite that, it was not enough to push them back into the playoff picture just yet due to tiebreakers.

The Flyers certainly have an opportunity to change that over the next week and beyond. The Flyers next six games come against teams right in the thick of the playoff race. For now, the focus is simply on the next one, which comes against the Florida Panthers at Wells Fargo Center on Monday night.

Game time is 7 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia FlyersGPGAPFlorida PanthersGPGAP
Sean Couturier55153449Jonathan Huberdeau54194968
Travis Konecny52182846Aleksander Barkov51163854
Jake Voracek55113142Mike Hoffman54212445
Claude Giroux55142438Evgenii Dadonov54231841
Kevin Hayes 55171532Keith Yandle5453439
Player to Watch
14 Sean Couturier68 Mike Hoffman
Last 5 Games: 2 G, 4 A, 6 P, +4Last 5 Games: 3 G, 2 A, 5 P, +1
Sean Couturier scored two goals on Saturday to snap an eight-game goalless drought. He had seven assists in that time and added another assist in Saturday's game, so the points are still coming for Couturier of late.
Mike Hoffman is up to 21 goals on the season and has scored in three of the last four games for the Panthers. When Hoffman is scoring, he's scoring in bunches, especially on the power play, so he's one to watch at this time.
Projected Goalie Matchup
79 Carter Hart72 Sergei Bobrovsky
32 GP, 15-11-3, 2.61 GAA, .905 SV%42 GP, 20-15-5, 3.27 GAA, .898 SV%

Carter Hart picked up a win via a shootout over the Bruins for the second time this season on Jan. 13, then suffered an injury in practice the next day. He missed nearly the next four weeks, which included the All-Star break and bye, resulting in nine games missed. The Flyers went 6-2-1 over the nine games with Brian Elliott leading the way. Hart makes his return to the net on Monday night.

Another matchup with the Panthers means another game with Sergei Bobrovsky in net against his former team. Bobrovsky has suffered three straight losses, making 44 saves in a 1-0 overtime loss to the Blue Jackets before two straight regulation losses to Vegas and Pittsburgh. Bobrovsky made 35 saves in a 5-2 win over the Flyers on Nov. 19.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Joel Farabee (illness, day-to-day), Nolan Patrick (migrane disorder, out indefinitely), Oskar Lindblom (Ewing's sarcoma, out for season)

Scratches: Shayne Gostisbehere

Left WingCenterRight Wing
28 Claude Giroux14 Sean Couturier93 Jake Voracek
21 Scott Laughton13 Kevin Hayes11 Travis Konecny
25 James van Riemsdyk48 Morgan Frost18 Tyler Pitlick
12 Michael Raffl82 Connor Bunnaman62 Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Defense
9 Ivan Provorov15 Matt Niskanen
6 Travis Sanheim5 Phil Myers
8 Robert Hagg61 Justin Braun
Goalie
79 Carter Hart37 Brian Elliott

Lineup Notes

Outside of Carter Hart's return, no changes are expected to the Flyers lineup. Joel Farabee did return to practice, but Alain Vigneault noted that the forward lost some weight due to illness and is working to build that back up.

Panthers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Brian Boyle, Chris Driedger

Scratches: Denis Malgin

Left WingCenterRight Wing
11 Jonathan Huberdeau16 Aleksander Barkov63 Evgenii Dadonov
10 Brett Connolly21 Vincent Trocheck55 Noel Acciari
77 Frank Vatrano14 Dominic Toninato68 Mike Hoffman
8 Jayce Hawryluk7 Colton Sceviour13 Mark Pysyk
Defense
3 Keith Yandle5 Aaron Ekblad
61 Riley Stillman6 Anton Stralman
19 Michael Matheson52 Mackenzie Weegar
Goalie
72 Sergei Bobrovsky33 Samuel Montembeault

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (T-15th), Panthers (T-6th)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (T-13th), Panthers (25th)
  • Recent History vs. Panthers
    • Oct. 16, 2018 - Flyers 6, Panthers 5 (F/SO) (at PHI)
    • Nov. 13, 2018 - Panthers 2, Flyers 1 (at PHI)
    • Dec. 29, 2018 - Panthers 2, Flyers 1 (at FLA)
    • Nov. 19, 2019 - Panthers 5, Flyers 2 (at FLA)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Panthers
    • Travis Konecny - 9 GP, 1 G, 5 A, 6 P
    • Claude Giroux - 38 GP, 9 G, 15 A, 24 P
    • James van Riemsdyk - 30 GP, 8 G, 9 A, 17 P
    • Carter Hart - 2 GP, 0-2-0, 4.02 GAA, .889 SV%
  • Milestone Watch
    • Claude Giroux needs two power-play assists to pass Bobby Clarke for first on the Flyers all-time list.

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.