This could be the Flyers biggest test yet. Thursday night marks the first game back on the ice since a crushing 5-3 defeat to the Islanders where at least one standings point was snatched from their grasp with a last-minute goal.

The Flyers next opponent is one they defeated just days ago. The Flyers took care of the Florida Panthers in a 4-1 win on Monday night. Now the two teams meet again in Florida on Thursday night.

Game time is 7 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia FlyersGPGAPFlorida PanthersGPGAP
Sean Couturier57163450Jonathan Huberdeau56194968
Travis Konecny54192847Aleksander Barkov53163955
Jake Voracek57113243Mike Hoffman56212546
Claude Giroux57152641Evgenii Dadonov56231841
James van Riemsdyk 57161834Keith Yandle5653540
Player to Watch
14 Sean Couturier11 Jonathan Huberdeau
Last 5 Games: 3 G, 1 A, 4 P, +4Last 5 Games: 0 G, 2 A, 2 P, -2
Sean Couturier didn't have the strongest game against the Islanders, despite getting the game-tying goal in the closing moments of the third period, and he has another tough task having to defend one of the best two-way forwards in the game in Aleksander Barkov. As one of the leaders of the team, he will need to deliver a solid performance to get the Flyers back on the right track.
Jonathan Huberdeau has struggled lately with just two points in the last five games and no goals in that time. With that in mind, Huberdeau came close to scoring several times in Monday's game, none closer than when he hit the post with a wide open net in the final minute of the third. He could be close to breaking out with a great performance.
Projected Goalie Matchup
79 Carter Hart72 Sergei Bobrovsky
33 GP, 16-11-3, 2.55 GAA, .908 SV%43 GP, 20-16-5, 3.27 GAA, .898 SV%

Carter Hart made his return from injury against Florida on Monday night, making 30 saves in a 4-1 win. Hart allowed an early goal to the Panthers in the first period before locking things down to secure the win.

Sergei Bobrovsky allowed three goals on 33 shots in Monday's loss, the fourth straight for him. In the last three games, Bobrovsky has allowed 12 goals. Bobrovsky has typically been a thorn in the Flyers side for years, but this season, he has struggled at times and looked much more beatable than in past years. He will be looking to snap his losing streak on Thursday.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Nolan Patrick (migrane disorder, out indefinitely), Oskar Lindblom (Ewing's sarcoma, out for season)

Scratches: Shayne Gostisbehere, Morgan Frost

Left WingCenterRight Wing
28 Claude Giroux14 Sean Couturier93 Jake Voracek
49 Joel Farabee13 Kevin Hayes11 Travis Konecny
25 James van Riemsdyk21 Scott Laughton18 Tyler Pitlick
12 Michael Raffl82 Connor Bunnaman62 Nicolas Aube-Kubel
9 Ivan Provorov15 Matt Niskanen
6 Travis Sanheim5 Phil Myers
8 Robert Hagg61 Justin Braun
79 Carter Hart37 Brian Elliott

Lineup Notes

The Flyers will make no changes to the lineup ahead of Thursday's game against the Panthers.

Panthers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Chris Drieder, Brian Boyle

Scratches: Denis Malgin, Jayce Hawryluk

Left WingCenterRight Wing
11 Jonathan Huberdeau16 Aleksander Barkov63 Evgenii Dadonov
68 Mike Hoffman21 Vincent Trocheck10 Brett Connolly
77 Frank Vatrano14 Dominic Toninato7 Colton Sceviour
19 Michael Matheson55 Noel Acciari13 Mark Pysyk
52 MacKenzie Weegar5 Aaron Ekblad
61 Riley Stillman6 Anton Stralman
3 Keith Yandle2 Josh Brown
72 Sergei Bobrovsky33 Samuel Montembeault

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (T-19th), Panthers (9th)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (12th), Panthers (24th)
  • Recent History vs. Panthers
    • Nov. 19, 2019 - Panthers 5, Flyers 2 (at FLA)
    • Feb. 10, 2020 - Flyers 4, Panthers 1 (at PHI)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Panthers
    • Claude Giroux - 39 GP, 10 G, 15 A, 25 P
    • James van Riemsdyk - 31 GP, 9 G, 10 A, 19 P
    • Travis Konecny - 10 GP, 1 G, 5 A, 6 P
    • Carter Hart - 3 GP, 1-2-0, 2.82 GAA, .918 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 Follow him on Twitter @Kevin_Durso.

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