As the Phillies look to put a stranglehold on the Diamondbacks, the Philadelphia Flyers will be looking to build off a strong game against the Canucks as they welcome in the Edmonton Oilers.
In the two-game series last season, each team won their respective home games. Philadelphia needed a shootout to defeat the Oilers 3-2 on Feb. 9 while Edmonton rallied for three straight third period goals in a 4-2 victory on Feb. 21.
The Flyers are coming off a strong effort against the Canucks in which they dominated Vancouver in most facets of the game. If it wasn’t for Thatcher Demko, Philadelphia’s 2-0 could’ve been a lot higher. Due to how well the team played, there aren’t much changes when it comes to the lines. Morgan Frost remains a scratch while Egor Zamula, who scored his first career goal against the Canucks, will be a healthy scratch for Emil Andrae. It’s early in the season to discuss lineup moves, but the former defenseman has been making a strong case for himself to stay in the lineup.
Carter Hart has been fantastic to start the season. He has given up just seven goals on 90 total shots, good for a .922 SV%. He earned his first shutout of the season in the team’s last game and will have his work cut out for him against an always lethal Oilers team.
Flyers Projected Lineup
Travis Konecny – Scott Laughton – Tyson Foerster
Owen Tippett – Sean Couturier – Cam Atkinson
Joel Farabee – Noah Cates – Bobby Brink
Nicolas Deslauriers – Ryan Poehling – Garnet Hathaway
Cam York – Travis Sanheim
Marc Staal – Sean Walker
Emil Andrae – Nick Seeler
It wasn’t a strong start to the season for the Oilers as they were swept in a home-and-home series by the same Canucks that the Flyers shutout. They scored just one goal in their first game before finding the back of the net three times in the second. Things finally clicked in their most recent games as they put up six goals in a victory over the Predators.
Leon Draisaitl had two goals and four points overall while Zach Hyman had a goal and four points as well. The Oilers scoring has coming from its usual suspects as Draisaitl leads the team with four goals and seven points. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has had a strong start with six points in three games. Connor McDavid and Hyman each have five points apiece.
McDavid has 10 goals and 25 points in 13 career games against the Flyers while Draisaitl has seven goals and 19 points in 13 games as well. Nugent-Hopkins has good numbers as well with nine goals and 16 points in 15 career games. Keep those first two off the scoreboard, though, and you have a pretty good chance of winning.
Despite getting pulled against the Canucks, Jack Campbell has been the better of two goaltenders for the Oilers. He gave up just one goal against the Predators, his strong play earning him the start against the Flyers.
Oilers Projected Lineup
Evander Kane – Connor McDavid – Leon Draisaitl
Warren Foegele – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Zach Hyman
Dylan Holloway – Ryan McLeod – Connor Brown
Adam Erne – Mattias Janmark – Derek Ryan
Mattias Ekholm – Evan Bouchard
Darnell Nurse – Cody Ceci
Brett Kulak – Vincent Desharnais
Where, When, and How to Watch/Listen
Time: 7:30 PM
Where: Wells Fargo Center
Radio: 97.5 FM
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