To round out the 2023 calendar year, the Philadelphia Flyers head to the Saddledome to take on the Calgary Flames.
This will be the first time these two teams meet this season. During the two games series last year, each team took home a win. It was the Flames who handed the Flyers their seventh straight loss on Nov. 21. Blake Coleman had two points in the 5-2 victory. Philadelphia got their revenge, in part thanks to Sam Ersson on Feb. 20. Ersson recorded 32 saves while Wade Allison scored the deciding goal in a 4-3 victory. Allison’s goal came a little over two and a half minutes after the Flames tied the game in the third.
Despite the fact that the Flyers have lost three of their last four games, they have grabbed a point in two of those. They currently have a nine-game point streak on the road dating back to Nov. 25. They’ve also had success in December as they come into their final game of the month with a 8-1-2 record. They are one point back of the Hurricanes for second place in the Metro.
This is the third game in four nights for the Flyers so fatigue may be even more of a factor than it was against Seattle. It was clear Philadelphia was trying to gut it out against the Kraken and they did manage to get the game to overtime. The Flames last played on Wednesday so they will be refreshed in this one.
Among forwards that the Flyers would love to see pick it up in the near year is Tyson Foerster. He has two points in his last three games, both of which are assists. He hasn’t scored a goal since Dec. 4, a stretch of 10 games now without one. He had four goals in three games prior to that. It’s been an up and down season for Foerster in terms of scoring, though he has been unlucky at times. Getting him going will be important for the Flyers’ depth.
Flyers Projected Lineup
Owen Tippett - Sean Couturier - Travis Konecny
Tyson Foerster - Morgan Frost - Cam Atkinson
Joel Farabee - Ryan Poehling - Bobby Brink
Nicolas Deslauriers - Scott Laughton - Garnet Hathaway
Cam York - Travis Sanheim
Nick Seeler - Sean Walker
Egor Zamula - Rasmus Ristolainen
The Flames have lost eight of their 12 games in the month of December, going 4-6-2. They have won three of their last five games, though, outscoring opponents 14-10. Having had three days off since their last game, they will certainly come in ready to play.
Nazem Kadri, in his second year with Calgary, leads the team in assists (16) and points (25). He has three points in his last five games, but just one goal in his last seven games. As for goals, Blake Coleman leads the Flames with 12 thus far. He has been a consistent producer for Calgary, only facing minimal scoring droughts this season. Yegor Sharangovich is right behind him with 11 goals in his first season with the team. He has points in three straight games.
Jonathan Huberdeau has had a rough season for Calgary. He has not scored a goal in 17 straight games and is without a point in 12 straight. He will get a chance on the Flames’ top line to try and break out of this stretch. He has just four goals and 15 points in 35 games.
Flames Projected Lineup
Jonathan Huberdeau - Elias Lindholm - Yegor Sharangovich
Connor Zary - Nazem Kadri - Martin Pospisil
Andrew Mangiapane - Mikael Backlund - Blake Coleman
A.J. Greer - Adam Ruzicka - Dillon Dube
MacKenzie Weegar - Rasmus Andersson
Chris Tanev - Noah Hanifin
Dennis Gilbert - Jordan Oesterle
When, Where, and How to Watch/Listen
Time: 8:00 PM
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
Watch: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic
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