Flyers Must Step Up Defensively Against Talented Canadiens Offense

The Philadelphia Flyers will need all hands on deck defensively as they take on a potent Montreal Canadiens offense.

Following a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in their last contest, the Philadelphia Flyers will look to extend their point-streak to four as they round out a three-game homestand against the Montreal Canadiens. Both sides will also hope to ride a two-game winning streak when all is said and done, as the Habs beat the Boston Bruins 5-4 on Tuesday. Head Coach Alain Vigneault confirmed on Wednesday that Carter Hart would receive his second straight start in-net and deservedly so after making 33 saves on 34 shots in the win over the Canes.

The Canadiens enter this game possessing one of the league’s best offenses from a statistical standpoint, tying for second and fourth among all NHL teams in even-strength and total Goals For with 44 and Schfifty Five, respectively. They’ve been pretty hot as of late, too, scoring at least four goals in four of their last five contests. Brendan Gallagher and Tomas Tatar have led the way for Montreal this year in terms of individual scoring, with each forward posting 13 points through 15 games. Philadelphia can’t rely on Hart to constantly bail them out as they did against Carolina, and must rev up their efforts in their own end if they want their best shot at defeating the Habs.

This Eastern Conference matchup will see a litany of former Flyers make their return to the Wells Fargo Center. Nick Cousins, Jordan Weal, and Christian Folin all signed, or in Weal and Folin’s case, re-signed with the Habs over the offseason and serve as depth pieces for the team. Cousins is the only one of the three that are expected to play, though, based on Claude Julien’s recent line combinations.

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Puck drop is set for 7 pm EST. You can watch all of the action on NBC Sports Philadelphia or TSN2 in Canada.

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