Flyers lines at Capitals: Sam Morin returns, Brian Elliott starts in net
The Philadelphia Flyers are pretty much out of it after their late-game collapse to the Sabres on Sunday. They’re four points out of a playoff spot –– tied with the Rangers. The team they’re chasing, the Boston Bruins, added Taylor Hall and Curtis Lazar at the deadline. Unless Hall’s bad luck is contagious, the Bruins should coast to the playoffs.
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Nevertheless, the Flyers have 15 games left in the season after the trade deadline yesterday. Chuck Fletcher wants the team to use those 15 games to finish strong. It’s going to be another big offseason in Philadelphia and this is the last month that the players can leave an impression on the organization.
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The Flyers are in D.C. to take on the Capitals on Tuesday night. The two teams made a trade on Monday afternoon. The Flyers sent Michael Raffl to Washington for a fifth-round pick, but the former Flyer won’t play tonight.
Here is the Flyers lineup against the Capitals:
Flyers forward lines
James van Riemsdyk – Sean Couturier – Joel Farabee
Jakub Voracek – Claude Giroux – Travis Konecny
Scott Laughton – Kevin Hayes – Nolan Patrick
Oskar Lindblom – Tanner Laczynski – Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Tanner Laczynski will remain with the Flyers for the rest of the season, Chuck Fletcher said on Monday. There’s also the possibility of Wade Allison getting into some games.
Flyers defensive pairs
Ivan Provorov – Justin Braun
Travis Sanheim –Robert Hagg
Samuel Morin – Shayne Gostisbehere
The Flyers are getting Sam Morin back into the lineup for Philippe Myers. Alain Vigneault wanted to give Morin a day off on Sunday after playing a lot of hockey in not a lot of time.
Myers has been disappointing this season, to say the least. Hopefully, he can find his game before the offseason to make things a bit easier on the Flyers front office.
Flyers starting goalie
Brian Elliott will get the start tonight in D.C.
The Flyers are pretty much out of the playoff race, but they’re not going to tank. The roster is too good for that and the players need to leave a good impression on the organization.
The Flyers will begin their home stretch tonight in Washington. Puck drop is at 7:00 p.m. ET.
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