Flyers to Battle Lowly Canucks

Oct 15, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Flyers right wing Travis Konecny (11) reacts after scoring a goal against the Vancouver Canucks in the third period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 15, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Flyers right wing Travis Konecny (11) reacts after scoring a goal against the Vancouver Canucks in the third period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports /
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Tankathon 2023 is on. While the Chicago Blackhawks are struggling, the Vancouver Canucks are saying “Hold my beer!” They are selling off as many assets as they can. Bo Horvat is already gone and other players could soon follow. The Flyers are on a western road trip and, after dropping a humiliating game to Seattle, now cross the border to face off against Vancouver in “The Game That Somebody Will Win”.

One team is tanking on purpose (Canucks). The other is just playing badly. If there is a game that could shake the Flyers out of their funk, this could and should be it.

Philadelphia Flyers

Record: 22-24-10 (54 points, 7th in Metro)

The last two games have been downright horrific. Granted, the Kraken are a good team, but the Flyers put forth minimal effort and got minimal results. A team with as much talent as they have, or at least we think they have it, should perform a heck of a lot better.

If there was a bright side to the last game against Seattle, it was Travis Konecny. He finally woke up after a 13 game scoreless streak and scored two goals. If this is where he can get hot again, it could be the wake up call this team needs.

One of the things that this team is missing is the “That Guy” factor. They need that guy that they can hop on their back and ride it to wins. Maybe the last guy who had that was Wayne Simmonds. But if TK can get that, it would further cement his ascent to stardom this year.

The Flyers are going with seven defenders tonight. Kieffer Bellows and Olle Lycksell will not play. Justin Braun will get a chance to hit the ice tonight….maybe to help promote him for a trade. Nick Seeler also continues to hold down a spot in the lineup and could be moved as well.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Kevin Hayes — Noah Cates — Owen Tippett

James van Riemsdyk — Morgan Frost — Travis Konecny

Joel Farabee — Scott Laughton — Wade Allison

Nicolas Deslauriers — Patrick Brown

Ivan Provorov — Cam York

Travis Sanheim — Rasmus Ristolainen

Nick Seeler — Tony DeAngelo

Justin Braun

Carter Hart

Vancouver Canucks

Record: 21-31-4 (46 points, 6th in Pacific)

While the Flyers aren’t playing well, there are some glimmers of hope. But for poor Vancouver fans, they are seeing a team self destruct. A team that was built of some very good young talent a few years ago is coming apart at the seems. Horvat is already gone.  Brock Boeser and former Flyer Luke Schenn are rumored to be going soon as well.

The Canucks do have some talent still, but have often been a mess defensively. And speaking of defensively, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who’s had a rough season, has an ankle injury and will be out for a few weeks. It’s not what new coach, and former Flyer Rick Tocchet needed.

Canucks Projected Lineup

Andrei Kuzmenko — Elias Pettersson — Anthony Beauvillier

Phillip Di Giuseppe — J.T. Miller — Brock Boeser

Vasily Podkolzin — Jack Studnicka — Conor Garland

Dakota Joshua — Nils Aman — Sheldon Dries

Quinn Hughes — Ethan Bear

Christian Wolanin — Luke Schenn

Riley Stillman — Tyler Myers

Arturs Silovs

Where, When, and How to Watch/Listen

Time:  10:00 PM

 Where: Rogers Arena

Watch: NBC Sports Philadelphia, ESPN+

Radio: 97.5 FM

Live Stream: FuboTV

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