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Flyers lines at Rangers: Patrick returns after scare, defensive rotation continues



Nolan Patrick

The Philadelphia Flyers are back in action after three days off. The Flyers kick off their final stretch with a back-to-back set against the Rangers. There are 11 games left in the season and the Flyers have back-to-back days off just once more (May 5th and 6th) this year.

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The Flyers, unfortunately, are using these final 11 games to assess some young players and even some veterans heading into a big offseason. Wade Allison already made quite the impression and Jackson Cates could get his shot soon.

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Here is the projected Flyers lineup against the Rangers:

Flyers lines

Flyers forward lines

Nolan Patrick will return to the lineup one week after taking a puck to the head. He was held out of the two weekend games as a precaution.

Nolan Patrick leaves game after getting hit in head by shot

Patrick will replace Carsen Twarynski on the fourth line.


Claude GirouxSean CouturierJakub Voracek
Joel FarabeeKevin HayesWade Allison
James van RiemsdykScott LaughtonTravis Konecny
Oskar LindblomNolan PatrickNicolas Aube-Kubel

The top line has the three big guns and the second line has two young wingers with a veteran pivot in Kevin Hayes. Farabee and Allison have been two of the exciting parts of this down season, so it’ll be interesting to see what they can do in another game together.

Follow @RGilbertSOP and @PhillyHockeyNow for lineup updates before and during the game.

Flyers defensive pairs

Philippe Myers will replace Samuel Morin on the third pair.

Ivan ProvorovJustin Braun
Travis Sanheim – Robert Hagg
Shayne Gostisbehere – Philippe Myers

The Flyers’ need for a defenseman in the offseason is evident in these pairs. Justin Braun isn’t a top-pair defenseman and Robert Hagg isn’t a second-pair defenseman. Adding a top-pair guy will help shore things up and put players in their more optimal roles.

Flyers starting goalie

Brian Elliott will start with Alex Lyon backing him up.

Brian Elliott
Alex Lyon

Carter Hart is not with the team in New York due to a mild knee sprain.

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