The Philadelphia Flyers winger will be somebody to keep a close eye on as the team faces the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Following a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in their last contest, the Philadelphia Flyers will round out this three-game homestand by playing host to a bitter rival in the Pittsburgh Penguins. This will mark the second meeting between the two squads this season, as the Penguins took the first contest by a score of 7-1 back in October in a game I won’t talk about any further. The Flyers will obviously hope to get the W this time around and head into the All-Star break riding a two-game winning streak.
One way they can make sure that happens is if they get another dominant performance out of one of their emerging young players, which is why I’m highlighting Travis Konecny as a player to watch for the Orange and Black tonight. TK was nothing short of excellent against the Kings, scoring two goals and tying for the team lead in High Danger Scoring Chances For at 5-on-5 with Score and Venue Adjusted, per Natural Stat Trick.
He’s also netted four points in his last five games, putting himself back in a tie with Sean Couturier for the team-lead in points with 42 on the year. Pittsburgh, even without Jake Guentzel, is still a very talented squad as their 31-13-5 record indicates. A victory here would be huge for the Flyers as they’d continue to be a real threat to potentially take an Eastern Conference playoff position, making it vital for Konecny to come through for club this evening.
As far as lineup decisions are concerned, it’s worth noting that Michael Raffl will miss this game due to an injury, as he’s been listed as day-to-day with an upper-body ailment. German Rubtsov, who was called up on Monday, will take his place in the lineup and slot in on the fourth line.
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Puck drop is set for 7:30 PM EST. You can watch the game nationally on NBCSN.