Are we having fun yet, hockey fans?
Not Philadelphia Flyers fans.
The Flyers, weather permitting, will try to end a franchise-record 13-game losing streak Saturday when they host the Los Angeles Kings at 1 p.m. (As of 7:30 a.m., the Flyers said the game would be played.)
“We haven’t played a lot of afternoon games this year,” interim coach Yeo said after practice Friday. “We have some older players that have a lot of experience with that. We have some players that don’t have a lot of experience with that. So you have to find a way to make sure that you are prepared, whether you adjust the way that you wake up in the morning, the way that you eat, the way that you get your head into it.”
In the Flyers’ last matinee, their head wasn’t into it. That was last Saturday, when they were blasted by host Buffalo, 6-3.
This will be the teams’ second and final meeting of the season. Los Angeles whipped the Flyers and Martin Jones, 6-3, on Jan. 1.
The Flyers haven’t won a game in 2022, and their last victory was Dec, 29, a 3-2 overtime victory in Seattle.
Can the Flyers finally finish off a game on a positive note? During their 13-game skid, they have had a lead or have been tied in the third period seven times.
The Kings are trying to keep the momentum going on their six-game road trip. They are 2-0-1 so far, sandwiching 3-2 wins against the Islanders and Devils around a 3-2 shootout loss to the Rangers.
Flyers’ projected lineup
Line 1: Claude Giroux centering Oskar Lindblom and Cam Atkinson.
Line 2: Scott Laughton centering James van Riemsdyk and Travis Konecny.
Line 3: Morgan Frost centering Max Willman and Gerry Mayhew.
Line 4: Connor Bunnman centering Isaac Ratcliffe and Zack MacEwen.
Defense: Ivan Provorov and Justin Braun; Travis Sanheim and Rasmus Ristolainen; Keith Yandle and Cam York.
Goalie: Carter Hart.
The Flyers are toward the bottom of the NHL in goals scored per game (2.46, 28th) and goals allowed (3.35, 24th). The Kings win games because of their defense (2.68, 8th), but their offense (2.77, 22nd) is below par.
The Flyers have been outscored, 50-26, over the last 13 games.
Giroux has four goals over his last five games.
Left winger Alex Iafallo has seven points, including three goals, in his last eight games for the Kings.
Projected goalie matchup
Carter Hart (7-14-5), who has a 2.87 GAA and .912 save percentage, will be aiming for his first win since Dec. 14.
The Kings are expected to use Jonathan Quick (11-10-5), the owner of a 2.53 GAA and .914 save percentage.
How to watch
NBC Sports Philadelphia at 1 p.m.
Money line (FanDuel)
Kings 3, Flyers 2 (overtime).
(Prediction record: 11-1)