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Joel Farabee, Andrew Mangiapane, Philadelphia Flyers
Calgary's Andrew Mangiapane gets off a shot as Joel Farabee defends during the Flyers' 5-2 loss in November. Photo: AP.

The Philadelphia Flyers will try to snap a four-game losing streak in a Monday matinee in Calgary.

They will be facing a Flames team that is two points behind Minnesota for the Western Conference’s final wildcard spot. Calgary (26-19-11) is coming off Saturday’s 3-2 overtime victory win over the visiting New York Rangers, which had a seven-game winning streak snapped.

The Flyers are 0-2 on their four-game trip, which concludes Tuesday in Edmonton. Philly is nine points out of a playoff spot and has virtually fallen out of the race. They need to climb past six teams to get the final Eastern Conference wildcard spot.

John Tortorella’s team has struggled to score goals lately. After an impressive January, the Philadelphia Flyers have scored just 11 goals, total, in their six February contests.

This is a rematch of a Nov. 21 game won by visiting Calgary, 5-2. The Flames scored the first two goals, and they iced the win with a pair of empty-net scores.

Flyers’ expected lineup

Hayes-Laughton-Tippett

JVR-Frost-Konecny

Deslauriers-Cates-Brown

Lycksell-Farabee-Allison

Defense

Provorov-Braun

York-Ristolainen

Seeler-DeAngelo

Goalie

Ersson (5-0, 2.50 GAA, .913 SP)

Flames’ expected lineup

Dube-Lindholm-Toffoli

Pelletier-Kadri-Huberdeau

Mangiapane-Backlund-Coleman

Lucic-Lewis-Ritchie

Defense

Hanifin-Andersson

Weegar-Tanev

Zadorov-Gilbert

Goalie

Markstrom (15-13-7, 2.90, .891)

Breakaways

Elias Lindholm (49 points) and Tyler Toffoli (22 goals) are the Flames’ offensive leaders. … Travis Konecny paces the Flyers in goals (26) and points (52). … Calgary is second in the NHL in shot attempts (56.7%), while the Flyers are 25th at 47.4%. … Sam Ersson¬†will make his first NHL start since a 5-2 win over Anaheim on Jan. 17. … Ersson is 5-0 in his career, and only one goalie in franchise history has started his career with more consecutive wins — Bob Froese had eight in 1982-83. … Jonathan Huberdeau has five assists in his last four games. … Patrick Brown has two assists and a plus-3 rating over his last four games.

How to watch and listen

TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia at 4 p.m. Radio: 97.5.

How to bet

FanDuel moneyline: Flyers are plus-195, Flames are minus=240.

Pick: Flames, 4-2.

Report: JVR Drawing Trade Interest from 4 Teams

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