Flyers-Predators Preview: Building Blocks
If the Flyers were looking for games they can hang their hat on as signs of growth, Thursday's shootout win against Edmonton certainly qualifies. In a season that is about the building blocks of creating an identity, the potential of what that identity could be was on full display.
Doing that with consistency is the next step, and the Flyers get their next chance on Saturday afternoon against the Nashville Predators.
Game time is 12:30 p.m.
|Philadelphia Flyers||GP||G||A||P||Nashville Predators||GP||G||A||P|
|Travis Konecny||47||24||25||49||Filip Forsberg||49||19||23||42|
|Kevin Hayes||52||16||30||46||Roman Josi||49||12||30||42|
|Tony DeAngelo||48||9||22||31||Matt Duchene||48||15||24||39|
|Scott Laughton||49||12||18||30||Mikael Granlund||49||6||22||28|
|Owen Tippett||48||14||14||28||Ryan Johansen||49||11||14||25|
Kevin Hayes picked up a goal in his last game after going four games without a goal and two games without a point. Hayes has 16 points in his last 16 games since the start of January. In the Flyers win over Nashville in October, Hayes had a goal and an assist.
Roman Josi is on a four-game points streak with six assists in that time. Despite going six straight games without a goal, Josi has points in 15 of his last 19 games.
Carter Hart is expected to get the start on Saturday afternoon. Hart was excellent once again in the Flyers shootout win over Edmonton on Thursday, making 34 saves on 35 shots in the win. In the last three starts, Hart has stopped 102 of 105 shots.
Juuse Saros is expected to start for the Predators. Saros allowed four goals on 29 shots in a loss to Vegas on Tuesday. That snapped a personal three-game winning streak prior to the All-Star break. Saros also made 22 saves on 25 shots in a loss to the Flyers on Oct. 22.
Flyers Scratches: Sean Couturier (injury), Tanner Laczynski (injury), Zack MacEwen (injury), Justin Braun (healthy)
Predators Scratches: Mark Borowiecki (injury), Alexandre Carrier (injury), Mark Jankowski (healthy)
- Flyers: Kieffer Bellows was placed on waivers on Friday. There's a chance he could still play on Saturday afternoon, but if not Justin Braun could also enter the lineup.
- Predators: No changes are expected to the Nashville lineup.
- Power Play: Flyers (32nd), Predators (28th)
- Penalty Kill: Flyers (19th), Predators (12th)
- Recent History vs. Predators
- Oct. 22, 2022 - Flyers 3, Predators 1 (at NSH)
- Flyers Leaders vs. Predators
- James van Riemsdyk: 16 GP, 9 G, 4 A, 13 P
- Kevin Hayes: 15 GP, 6 G, 15 A, 21 P
- Joel Farabee: 3 GP, 3 G, 3 A, 6 P
- Carter Hart: 3 GP, 3-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .939 SV%
- Milestone Watch
- Travis Sanheim needs one assist to reach 100 for his career.
Where to Watch
- TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
- Radio: Flyers Broadcast Network
Kevin Durso is Flyers insider for 97.3 ESPN and Flyers editor for SportsTalkPhilly.com. Follow him on Twitter @Kevin_Durso.
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