Tonight the Philadelphia Flyers will take on the Nashville Predators at the Wells Fargo Center. The game is at 7pm and will be televised on CSN Philadelphia.
The Flyers are returning home where, prior to their loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday, they had won 10 in a row. On Tuesday night, the Flyers battled back in the final 40 minutes to take down the Buffalo Sabres. The Flyers received goals from Jakub Voracek, Brayden Schenn, Scott Hartnell, and Vincent Lecavalier. The Flyers could use a victory against a Western Conference opponent tonight before heading into four straight divisional matchups. Zac Rinaldo remains sidelined with an ankle sprain, Scott Hartnell will play after blocking a shot with his foot on Tuesday, and Steve Downie looks to be returning to the lineup tonight.
The Predators are holding on to playoff hopes by a thread. They are in a very competitive division and sit eight points out of the final playoff spot in the West. Their record of 20-21-7 looks much better when taken into context. The Predators have had to play the likes of the Blackhawks, Blues, Avalanche, Wild, and Canucks multiple times already this season. They are coming off of a 4-2 victory against Calgary, but they were shutout 4-0 by Minnesota prior to that.
-Shea Weber, who did not play when these two teams met on November 30th, will play tonight. This game marks the first time that Weber has faced Philadelphia since signing a 14 year $110 million offer sheet in the summer of 2012. Weber was instructed by the Predators PR staff this morning not to answer questions regarding the offer sheet.
-The Predators acquired goaltender Devon Dubnyk in a trade yesterday. They sent forward Matt Hendricks to Edmonton in exchange for the netminder. With top tier goalie Pekka Rinne out for the foreseeable future, the Predators needed an experienced goaltender. Dubnyk may not have been great in Edmonton (.894 SV%, 3.36 GAA), but he has experience as a starter and will have a much more defensively responsible team in front of him. As of this writing, it is unknown whether or not he will start tonight.
-Steve Mason will start in goal for the Flyers. Much has been made of his sub par performances lately, although he has won nine of his last 12 starts. The question everyone is asking is whether or not this is the real Mason? Or was what we saw last year and the start of this year the real Mason? A strong performance tonight can only help his case. On the season, Mason is 19-11-4 with a SV% of .917 and a GAA of 2.47.