After a successful home and home series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Philadelphia Flyers head west to begin a three-game road trip. Their first stop is the campus of ASU to take on the Arizona Coyotes.
In the two-game series last season, the home team won each matchup. Despite a career night from Morgan Frost, Clayton Keller’s first NHL hat trick helped the Coyotes to a 5-4 overtime victory on Dec. 11. Less than a month later, the Flyers got their revenge. Goals from five different players in the second period gave Philadelphia an easy 6-2 win on Jan. 5.
Before the Flyers headed to Arizona, the team needed to make a few moves. Louie Belpedio, who played well in his 12 games, was waived to make him eligible to return to the AHL. He has remained with the team on their road trip, however. Noah Cates, who will be out for at least six weeks, was moved to IR. This allowed the Flyers to recall Olle Lycksell as an extra forward.
Lycksell has been off to a rather impressive start with the Phantoms. He’s got 12 goals and 19 points in 21 games, double the goals of the next teammate behind him. He is two goals away from tying his career high from a season ago. It’s uncertain if he will get into any games on the road trip. Lycksell was rewarded last season with eight games. With John Tortorella’s mindset of rotating in younger players, there is a good chance we could see Lycksell play at some point.
Tyson Foerster heads into this one as one of the hottest Flyers. He has six points in his last four games. He is also on a three-game scoring streak where he has four goals. The puck is starting to go in for Foerster as he has been unleashing his lethal wrist shot more often as his confidence has grown.
Flyers Projected Lineup
Tyson Foerster - Sean Couturier - Travis Konecny
Joel Farabee - Scott Laughton - Cam Atkinson
Owen Tippett - Morgan Frost - Bobby Brink
Nic Deslauriers- Ryan Poehling - Garnet Hathaway
Cam York - Travis Sanheim
Nick Seeler - Sean Walker
Egor Zamula - Rasmus Ristolainen
The Coyotes have been having a successful year so far. They are just ahead of the Flyers in the league standings due to games played. And they come into this one red-hot. They have beaten Vegas, Tampa, Colorado, St Louis, and Washington. They scored at least three goals in four of the five games.
Michael Carcone and Alex Kerfoot have been two players to watch during this streak. Five of Carcone's 12 goals have come during the last four games. Kerfoot has been a playmaker, posting nine points in his recent four games. Eight of those have come as an assist while he scored his second of the season against the Blues. It's Clayton Keller who leads the team in overall points with 24. He has five points in his last three games.
Connor Ingram has led the way for them in the net. He has been in net for all five victories in this streak, his last loss coming against the Blues on Nov. 22. He has only given up more than one goal once in those five games, with two being a shutout. Overall, he has an impressive .930 SV% with his 2.23 GAA. The Coyotes have been off since Dec. 4, so he will be in the net for the sixth straight game. Karel Vejmelka has not won a game since Oct. 21, a stretch of seven games as he was pulled in the eventual loss to St. Louis.
There will some game-time decisions for the Coyotes as both Sean Durzi and Travis Dermott have a chance to play. Durzi left Arizona's last game after suffering a lower body injury while Dermott has been out for the last 12 games with a lingering hand injury.
Coyotes Projected Lineup
Logan Cooley - Nick Schmaltz - Clayton Keller
Lawson Crouse - Nick Bjugstad - Matias Maccelli
Jason Zucker - Alex Kerfoot - Michael Carcone
Milos Kelemen - Liam O'Brien - Logan Cooley
Matt Dumba - Josh Brown
Troy Stecher - J.J. Moser
Micheal Kesselring - Juuso Valimaki
When, Where, and How to Watch/Listen
Time: 9:00 PM
Where: Mullett Arena
Watch: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic
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