James van Riemsdyk A Player To Watch For Flyers vs Panthers

The 6’4 winger will be somebody worth watching as the Philadelphia Flyers face-off with the Florida Panthers Thursday night.

Only three days after defeating them by a score of 4-1 on home-ice, the Philadelphia Flyers will find themselves taking on the Florida Panthers yet again, this time at the BB&T Center. While the Flyers earned two points with a win on Monday, getting another two over Florida will be just as, if not more important. Philly has the opportunity to keep the Panthers on the outside looking in of the Eastern Conference Wild Card race with a W tonight. It’d give Philadelphia a five-point cushion over Florida, providing them with one less team to worry about nipping at their heels for a postseason spot for the time being.

One way the Flyers can walk away with their 32nd win of the season is if one of their better offensive talents can continue to stay red hot. James van Riemsdyk has found his groove in the scoring department recently, scoring two goals and two assists for a total of four points in his last five contests. He also comes into this game riding a three-game point streak and will go for a season-high fourth straight this evening. The Flyers seem to do better when JvR gets on the scoresheet, winning 19 of the 23 games Riemer’s scored in this year. So that, along with his great play lately, makes van Riemsdyk a rather obvious candidate as a player to watch for the Fly Guys vs. the Panthers.

Looking at who’s going to start for Philadelphia between the pipes, it seems like Carter Hart will get the nod from Head Coach Alain Vigneault as Brian Elliott didn’t have the strongest outing vs. the New York Islanders. The 21-year-old goaltender will aim for his 17th win of 2019-20 if he does indeed get the go and second-straight against Florida.

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Puck drop is set for 7 pm EST. You can watch the game nationally on NBCSN or locally on NBC Sports Philadelphia. It’ll also be on Sportsnet 360, East, and Pacific for our Canadian Flyers fans out there.

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