Well, after four games of both teams playing pretty standard hockey with mostly calm moments, things were amped up in Game 5 and the blood is boiling going into Game 6.

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Montreal forced Game 6 with a 5-3 win on Wednesday, leaving the Flyers still one win away from advancing past the first round for the first time since 2012. It is an extremely important game for the Flyers, who don't want to be pushed to the brink by the Canadiens, while Montreal looks to keep the pressure on and do just that. Both teams will be without key players in Friday's game, so it should be an energetic affair that fits the mold of playoff hockey at its finest.

Game 6 is set for 7 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia FlyersGPGAPMontreal CanadiensGPGAP
Jake Voracek7437Shea Weber9325
Scott Laughton8325Nick Suzuki9235
Kevin Hayes8055Jonathan Drouin9145
Sean Couturier8055Jesperi Kotkaniemi9404
Joel Farabee6314Paul Byron9134
Player to Watch
11 Travis Konecny14 Nick Suzuki
Last 5 Games: 0 G, 1 A, 1 P, ELast 5 Games: 1 G, 2 A, 3 P, +3
With the series on the line, the Flyers need their best players to step up. So far in the series, Travis Konecny has just one assist. That's not good enough from your top scorer in the regular season. The Flyers need a big game of Konecny, especially in a game that could help the Flyers move on. Having Konecny set the tone early could help spark the Flyers for the rest of the game.
Nick Suzuki was certainly a presence in Game 5, and after his head pat of Carter Hart in Wednesday's game, he's on the radar of every Flyers fan for sure. Suzuki had one goal taken off the board, then got it back in the third period just 22 seconds after the Flyers had tied the game in the third. He's an energy player with a ton of skill and he's going to get significant minutes again. The Flyers need to contain him to win the series.
Projected Goalie Matchup
79 Carter Hart31 Carey Price
7 GP, 5-2-0, 1.66 GAA, .944 SV%9 GP, 5-4-0, 1.65 GAA, .943 SV%

Game 5 was a shaky one for Carter Hart. He allowed four goals and was in danger of being pulled before an offside challenge took away a Montreal goal and gave Alain Vigneault a chance to talk to the netminder and give him a vote of confidence. From there, Hart was solid, allowing just one goal the rest of the way. Hart has been the catalyst for the Flyers in this series and they need him one more time to get through to the next round.

The Canadiens have two wins in the series and Carey Price really hasn't been the deciding factor in either. That could all change in Game 6. Price was looking very sharp in Game 5, but the Flyers were able to break through on the power play. With their playoff lives extended, Price gets the call again and could be the one who decides this game.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Left WingCenterRight Wing
28 Claude Giroux14 Sean Couturier93 Jake Voracek
49 Joel Farabee13 Kevin Hayes11 Travis Konecny
25 James van Riemsdyk21 Scott Laughton38 Derek Grant
12 Michael Raffl44 Nate Thompson18 Tyler Pitlick
9 Ivan Provorov61 Justin Braun
6 Travis Sanheim5 Phil Myers
53 Shayne Gostisbehere8 Robert Hagg
79 Carter Hart37 Brian Elliott

Canadiens Projected Lineup

Left WingCenterRight Wing
90 Tomas Tatar24 Philip Danault92 Jonathan Drouin
13 Max Domi14 Nick Suzuki62 Artturi Lehkonen
41 Paul Byron15 Jesperi Kotkaniemi40 Joel Armia
54 Charles Hudon71 Jake Evans60 Alex Belzile
8 Ben Chiarot6 Shea Weber
77 Brett Kulak26 Jeff Petry
61 Xavier Ouellet53 Victor Mete
31 Carey Price39 Charlie Lindgren

Lineup Notes

  • Flyers: Matt Niskanen was suspended for Game 6, so he will be out. Shayne Gostisbehere comes back in to take his lineup spot. James van Riemsdyk is also expected to re-enter the lineup for Connor Bunnaman. As with previous games, expect the lines and pairings to go through changes throughout the game.
  • Canadiens: The Canadiens also suffer a big loss with Brendan Gallagher out for the remainder of the series with a broken jaw. Charles Hudon was a new addition to the lineup for Montreal in Game 5, and he could stay in the lineup with Gallagher out. Alex Belzile was a healthy scratch for Game 5 and could also be back in the lineup now that Gallagher.

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (21st), Canadiens (19th)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (12th), Canadiens (11th)
  • Recent History vs. Canadiens
    • Nov. 7, 2019 - Flyers 3, Canadiens 2 (F/OT) (at PHI)
    • Nov. 30, 2019 - Flyers 4, Canadiens 3 (F/OT) (at MTL)
    • Jan. 16, 2020 - Canadiens 4, Flyers 1 (at PHI)
    • Aug. 12, 2020 (Game 1) - Flyers 2, Canadiens 1
    • Aug. 14, 2020 (Game 2) - Canadiens 5, Flyers 0
    • Aug. 16, 2020 (Game 3) - Flyers 1, Canadiens 0
    • Aug. 18, 2020 (Game 4) - Flyers 2, Canadiens 0
    • Aug. 19, 2020 (Game 5) - Canadiens 5, Flyers 3
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Canadiens (Career Regular Season Stats)
    • Jake Voracek - 31 GP, 7 G, 22 A, 29 P
    • Shayne Gostisbehere - 13 GP, 2 G, 12 A, 14 P
    • Claude Giroux - 36 GP, 10 G, 16 A, 26 P
    • James van Riemsdyk - 39 GP, 16 G, 9 A, 25 P
    • Sean Couturier - 27 GP, 7 G, 12 A, 19 P
    • Carter Hart - 4 GP, 2-2-0, 2.85 GAA, .913 SV%

Where to Watch
TV: NBC (Local)/NBCSN (National)
Radio: Rock 104.1 FM/97.3 ESPN (Joined in Progress after Sixers-Celtics)

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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