Flyers Homestand Continues With Predators

Oct 22, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Nashville Predators center Mikael Granlund (64) handles the puck against Philadelphia Flyers center Kevin Hayes (13) during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 22, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Nashville Predators center Mikael Granlund (64) handles the puck against Philadelphia Flyers center Kevin Hayes (13) during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Philadelphia Flyers stood tall and gave up just one goal against the NHL’s top offense. They don’t have a lot of time to rest on their laurels. The Nashville Predators are in town. They are battling for a spot in the playoffs and are hoping the Flyers could be easy pickins for them. However, with the Eagles in the Super Bowl this weekend (have you heard about this), you can expect a hyped-up, raucous crowd to rock the Wells Fargo Center and cheer their Flyers on.

Philadelphia Flyers

Record: 22-22-9 (53 points, 7th in Metro)

This team continues to surprise and confound us. A few weeks ago, they dropped a bomb against the Chicago Blackhawks and came out lifeless. Then, in their last game, they hold the best player in the league scoreless and limited him to just five shots. C’est la vie!

A big part of that victory was Carter Hart. Including the 2-1 loss to the Islanders earlier this week, Hart has stopped 63 of 66 shots in his last two games. In the two games since the All-Star break ended, he has been stellar. Not only that, he had a shutout victory just before the Flyers went on that break. He has recaptured some of that energy he had before the break.

This is important as the team has someone to rally behind. While it would be really nice if the offense woke up a bit, the players can do everything they can to help him these upcoming games. The schedule this month is rough and the Flyers need to bring their A-game. Hart is bringing his. The rest of the team needs to follow.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Kevin Hayes — Scott Laughton — Owen Tippett

James van Riemsdyk — Noah Cates — Travis Konecny

Joel Farabee — Morgan Frost — Wade Allison

Nicolas Deslauriers — Patrick Brown — Kieffer Bellows

Ivan Provorov — Cam York

Travis Sanheim — Rasmus Ristolainen

Nick Seeler — Tony DeAngelo

Carter Hart

Nashville Predators

Record: 24-19-6 (54 points, 5th in Central)

How good is the Metropolitan Division? Can you believe that if the Flyers were in the Central, they’d be in fifth place and just three points from a playoff spot instead of the seven points they are now?

The Preds have won five of their last seven games, but got blown out by Vegas 5-1 after dropping Winnipeg, New Jersey, and Los Angeles in their previous three games. Much like the Flyers, they are inconsistent. They are a good defensive team, ninth best in goals against.

However they are 27th in goals scored, having tallied just 136 goals this season. The Flyers, by the way are 26th at 144. So, this is a pretty even matchup and if you put both teams in the mirror, you will see a a lot of similarities. Both teams are fighting to make the playoffs, but time is running out for both of them.

Nashville is led by Filip Forsberg. He has 19 goals and 23 assists. Tied with Forsberg for the team lead in points is Roman Josi with 12 goals and 30 assists. Their starting goalie, Juuse Saro, has numbers that are similar to Hart’s (GAA of 2.78 to 2.80 and Save Percentage of .918 to .913).

Predators Projected Lineup

Filip Forsberg — Cody Glass — Matt Duchene

Nino Niederreiter — Ryan Johansen — Mikael Granlund

Cole Smith — Juuso Parssinen — Colton Sissons

Yakov Trenin — Tommy Novak — Tanner Jeannot

Ryan McDonagh — Roman Josi

Mattias Ekholm — Jeremy Lauzon

Kevin Gravel — Dante Fabbro

Juuse Saros

Where, When, and How to Watch/Listen

Time:  12:30 PM

Where: Wells Fargo Center

Watch: NBC Sports Philadelphia, ESPN+

Radio: 97.5 FM

Live Stream: FuboTV

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