To open up the 2024 calendar year, the Philadelphia Flyers are at Rogers Place to take on the Edmonton Oilers.
This is the second of two meetings between the teams. The two met back in Philadelphia at the beginning of the season. Cam Atkinson scored twice for the Flyers as Carter Hart made 22 saves in the 4-1 victory. Connor McDavid was held to just one assist and no shots, while Leon Draisaitl had two shots. Zach Hyman scored the lone goal for the Oilers.
As well as the Flyers have seemingly played, they have quietly lost three of their last four games. Their nine-game road point streak snapped in the New Year’s Eve loss to the Flames. That game saw them with even less energy than Seattle, but they showed some fight in the third period to almost make the comeback.
Egor Zamula, who has added a new look to the power play, scored his third goal of the year. It was his first goal against someone other than the Canucks. Zamula has four points in his last four games and has seen his ice time shoot up by almost four minutes. He has averaged over 18 minutes of ice time in three of his last four games. It was a rocky start to his season, but he is showing more confidence lately.
This will be a homecoming game for Carter Hart. He is from Sherwood Park, located in Alberta. Hart has lost two of the last three games in Edmonton. He has a 4-3-0 record against the Oilers in seven career games. He has never won or lost two consecutive games to them.
Flyers Projected Lineup
Joel Farabee - Sean Couturier - Travis Konecny
Owen Tippett - Morgan Frost - Bobby Brink
Tyson Foerster - Ryan Poehling - Cam Atkinson
Nicolas Deslauriers - Scott Laughton - Garnet Hathaway
Cam York - Travis Sanheim
Nick Seeler - Sean Walker
Egor Zamula - Rasmus Ristolainen
In a potential make or break year for the core of this team, the Oilers came out to a horrendous start. Since then, they have played significantly better and are currently on a five-game win streak and won nine of their 12 games in December. Kris Knoblauch, a Flyermake-or-breaks’ former assistant head coach, took over the club last month.
Surprisingly, it is not McDavid who leads the Oilers in goals. That goes to Hyman, who has 21 goals. McDavid is fourth on the team with 13. He does lead Edmonton in assists (35) and points (48). McDavid also has a five game point streak where he has collected seven points overall. Before that, he had a 12-game streak where he posted 28 points.
Stuart Skinner has been the man in net for the Oilers. Appearing in 25 games, Skinner has posted a 2.86 GAA and a .892 SV%.
Oilers Projected Lineup
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Connor McDavid - Zach Hyman
Ryan McLeod - Leon Draisaitl - Warren Foegele
Evander Kane - Derek Ryan - Mattias Janmark
Adam Erne - James Hamblin - Connor Brown
Darnell Nurse - Cody Ceci
Mattias Ekholm - Evan Bouchard
Brett Kulak - Vincent Desharnais
When, Where, and How to Watch/Listen
Time: 9:00 PM
Where: Rogers Place
Watch: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 93.3 WMMR
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