The Philadelphia Flyers, coming off Thursday’s stunning 5-2 win in St. Louis, will try to make it two consecutive road victories Friday night.
It won’t be easy.
Colorado (45-14-5), which has a league-high 95 points, is up next for the Flyers (21-32-11, 53 points), who haven’t won consecutive road games since Dec. 10-11, when they defeated Vegas, 4-3, and Arizona, 5-3.
The Avs whipped the Flyers, 7-5, on Dec. 6, the first game Mike Yeo became the Philadelphia Flyers’ interim coach. Colorado had 50 shots, the second-most ever allowed by the Flyers in a home game.
Can the Flyers, playing on back-to-back nights, sustain the energy to keep up with the rested, powerful Avalanche?
Colorado will be trying to bounce back from Wednesday’s 3-1 loss to visiting Vancouver – and avoid losing two straight at home for the second time this season.
Flyers’ projected lineup
Line 1: Joel Farabee centering James van Riemsdyk and Cam Atkinson.
Line 2: Kevin Hayes centering Hayden Hodgson and Oskar Lindblom. (Travis Konecny is injured).
Line 3: Morgan Frost centering Max Willman and Owen Tippett. (Lindblom, who sat out Thursday, will be a game-time decision.)
Line 4: Patrick Brown centering Kevin Connauton (a usual defenseman) and Zack MacEwen.
Defense: Ivan Provorov and Cam York; Travis Sanheim and Rasmus Ristolainen, Keith Yandle and Nick Seeler.
Goalie: Carter Hart.
In their last 14 road games, the Flyers are 5 for 44 (11.4%) on the power play, while their opponents are 17 for 41 (41.5%).
For the Flyers, Hayes has nine points (4-5) in his last six games, and Konecny has six points (2-4) over his last three games. But Konecny, who has had three straight two-point games, is listed as day to day with a lower-body injury.
Projected goalie matchup
Hart (2.97 GAA, .910 save percentage) is expected to face backup goalie Pavel Francouz (2.50, .919), who will make his first start since a 5-3 win in San Jose on March 18.
How to watch
NBC Spots Philadelphia 9 p.m.
How to bet
Money line (FanDuel)
Avs 5, Flyers 3.
Prediction record: 22-8.