Not long after handing the Sharks their first win of the season, the Philadelphia Flyers continue their West Coast road-trip with a rematch against the Anaheim Ducks.
It was not a good outing for Sam Ersson the last time those two teams faced off. Frank Vatrano’s hat trick was a spark for the Ducks in a 7-4 thrashing on Oct. 28. Anaheim scored in every period and had an even strength, power play, and short handed goal.
Things are not going well for the Flyers right now. They have lost seven of their last nine games and have scored just once in their last two. The only positive of that is that they’ve only lost by one goal in four of those. A close loss is still a loss in the end, though. John Tortorella will be looking for anyone to give Philadelphia a spark in this one.
Carter Hart was expected to return after missing time with what he confirmed as a lower back injury. However, he is now under the weather so Ersson will get a chance to avenge his loss a few weeks ago. Morgan Frost will also re-enter the lineup after sitting out the last game. We’ll see how long he stays in this time but for the sake of his confidence, he could use a big night. Tortorella did apologize in regard to him saying it wasn’t hard to take Frost out of the lineup, mentioning he was happy with the defensive side of his game. It was just about wanting to see the offense.
Anaheim has only given up an average of 2.83 goals per game so far. For a team that has trouble scoring right now, it’s gonna be a tough matchup once again.
Flyers Projected Lineup
Cam Atkinson – Sean Couturier – Tyson Foerster
Owen Tippett – Morgan Frost – Travis Konecny
Joel Farabee – Noah Cates – Bobby Brink
Nicolas Deslauriers – Scott Laughton – Garnet Hathaway
Cam York – Travis Sanheim
Egor Zamula – Sean Walker
Nick Seeler – Louie Belpedio
Having to compete with the likes of the Knights, Canucks, and Kings, the Ducks are having a rather strong season thus far. They enter this game fourth in the Pacific and had won six in a row and were 6-4-0 in their last 10 games before their shutout loss to the Penguins on Tuesday night.
Trevor Zegras, who scored his first goal of the season against the Flyers, is day to day with the lower body injury that has apparently been bothering him for awhile. After a career season last year, Mason McTavish is having yet another hot start. He leads Anaheim with 13 points (6G, 7A). Frank Vatrano’s nine goals lead the way for the Ducks as he has a total of 12 points.
Rookie Lukas Dostal got the win against the Flyers a few weeks ago and is back in the net for this one. He’s come out victorious in four straight games, but hasn’t played since Nov.1. The Flyers goal should be to jump on him earlier to force him into action.
Ducks Projected Lineup
Alex Killorn – Leo Carlsson – Troy Terry
Frank Vatrano – Mason McTavish – Ryan Strome
Max Jones – Adam Henrique – Jakob Silfverberg
Ross Johnston – Sam Carrick – Brett Leason
Cam Fowler – Jackson LaCombe
Pavel Mintyukov – Ilya Lyubushkin
Urho Vaakanainen – Radko Gudas
Where, When, and How to Watch/Listen
Time: 10:00 PM
Where: Honda Center
Watch: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 93.3 WMMR
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