After beating the Western-leading Vancouver Canucks, the Philadelphia Flyers will be right back at it 24 hours later. They head to Climate Pledge Arena to take on former coach Dave Hakstol and the Seattle Kraken.
The Flyers will look to avenge the two-game sweep during last year’s season series. Jaden Schwartz scored twice while the Kraken fended off a late push from the Flyers in a 4-3 win. Philadelphia had just 18 shots in the game. Four days later, the two teams met again. The Kraken went out to a 5-0 lead thanks in part to two goals from Yanni Gourde. Travis Konecny scored twice in the third, but it was too far gone by then in a 6-2 loss.
December has been good to the Flyers as they have registered at least a point in 10 of their 11 games this month. Philadelphia also brings an eight-game road point streak into the game. But they could end up being without one of their biggest players.
Travis Konecny left Thursday’s win early in the third period. John Tortorella spoke on a potential bug that the star forward was dealing with. It appeared he felt worse as the game went on and simply couldn’t continue. The Flyers do have Rhett Gardner as the extra forward, though he hasn’t played in the NHL since 2021. If Konecny can’t go, the team is more likely to go with 11 forwards and seven defensemen.
Carter Hart is expected to get the start for the Flyers. It already appeared to be the plan as Sam Ersson faced the Canucks. But with the latter having to leave the game early due to dehydration, it makes it all the more likely that Hart plays near where he played his junior hockey. Hart has appeared in just two games since Dec. 9, one before the break and most of the third period last night. As of right now, he looks to have whatever illness has been bothering him under control. He has a personal five-game point streak on the line.
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
After a trip to the Stanley Cup playoffs last season, the Kraken sit outside of the playoff picture in the West. They have won their last three games, though. Each has been won by a single goal, a common theme of this Seattle team. You have to grind it out against them to try and put more than a few goals up against them. They are eighth in the league with 2.71 goals against per game. Philadelphia is 12th at 3.03.
The Kraken are actually led from the back-end by Vince Dunn. He leads Seattle with 29 points, though 24 of those are assists. It’s Jared McCann who leads in goals with 14. Eeli Tolvanen, who was claimed by Seattle last season, is close to a new career high in points. He has 21 points in 36 games. He had 31 points in 61 games between Nashville and Seattle.
Seattle is banged up in the net as Philipp Grubauer is on injured reserve. Joey Daccord has handled the bulk of play for the Kraken and has played admirably. He has wins in four of his last six games and boasts a 2.53 GAA and a .912 SV%. He also has one shutout on the season.
Kraken Projected Lineup
Tomas Tatar - Matty Beniers - Jordan Eberle
Jared McCann - Alex Wennberg - Andre Burakovsky
Eeli Tolvanen - Yanni Gourde - Oliver Bjorkstrand
Kailer Yamamoto - Tye Kartye - Brandon Tanev
Vince Dunn - Adam Larsson
Jamie Oleksiak - Will Borgen
Justin Schultz - Brian Dumoulin
When, Where, and How to Watch/Listen
Time: 10:00 PM
Where: Climate Pledge Arena
Watch: NBC Sports Philadelphia+
Radio: 93.3 WMMR
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